About half way through my 2nd read.
It might be a glaring case of the obvious, but the book really drives home that my 1600 sq. ft. town house is the biggest hurdle to my financial independence. Not just the interest, taxes, and association fees, but the required maintenance and accessories. I failed to properly account for that when evaluating if it made financial sense to move out.
When the microwave broke, I could not just slap a new one on the counter. I had to replace the over-stove one at twice the cost, plus installation. My wife wanted to use the fire place (my idea if hiding it behind a bookshelf was vetoed), there goes another $1000 for doors, gas logs and installation. I put that one off over 4 years, but eventually compromises are made.
The 2nd bedroom has 3 heating vents, all we use it for is the spare shower. We'd like to paint, but the great room has 25 foot ceilings, so we're probably not doing that ourselves. If we want to, we'll need to get a really big ladder and risk falling off. I am pretty sure all my heat is up there too. On and on.
I need to go through my junk again. Even though our peers say we have nothing (it does not seem like much in all this space), we have hundreds of things that have not been used in the last 6 months. A lot of it has not been touched in years.
It was interesting to me how much I missed on the first read through last year. And I still want that damn pressure cooker. I can't bring myself to buy until amazon has a 20% off sale on kitchenware though.