Today is a special, yet difficult post to write since I am sharing something that is more personal. Since I sold The Duplex, I have been traveling on my own path of recovery from Renovation Addiction.
RA is not a mainstream affliction that people discuss openly, but those days are on the horizon and I am honored to be part of the solution rather than the problem. Pretending that I am above the fray has been unhealthy for me. I am writing this as part of my own multi-step program for healing, but I also want to help others come to terms with their own circumstances.
It may come as no surprise that my progression down this path was in some ways just a result of my childhood beginning with my early memories of playing with blocks while watching Captain Kangaroo. In addition, I was obsessive about playing with Legos, I spent hours in the sandbox, I erected towers with my baseball cards, and we built hay forts in the lofts of our barns. My family didn't intervene and I realize now that they were my first enablers. I still love them, but as part of my recovery from renovation addiction, I must identify the people in my life that have aided me on my travels down this dirty, dumpster lined road. I hope it doesn't seem as if I'm blaming my loved ones, I'm just trying to move forward.
In addition, if you find yourself falling in love with the challenge of buying and saving a condemned house (I'm here as well) then maybe you need to talk to someone; a close friend, a member of the clergy, a counselor, or perhaps someone in your family who has struggled with a DIY compulsion of their own.
The thing to remember is that if you are showing these signs, you are not alone and there are people out there that will help you. But you have to come to terms with your overpowering desires to fix stuff that isn't broken or your obsessions with re-doing things that already look good. Admit that you have a problem, look in the mirror and say, 'I am a renovation addict.' Then, get help. Tomorrow is a new day and April 2nd, but today is the first, so Happy April Fools Day.