It’s been taking a long time putting our home back together. I didn’t want to rush finishing everything, but geeze, I didn’t think it would take so long!! Over the week-end, we finally completed a room, albeit the smallest one in the house!
Do you remember what my laundry room used to look like? No worries if you don’t, because I found a picture of it:
Yep, pretty messy and ugly. We pass it every day when we go to our cars in the garage. What you can’t see in this picture is a big pile of shoes underneath the wash sink. YUCK.
When we had the first floor painted and floors re-done, I removed EVERYTHING from this room. When it was time to put it back together, I decided to make it a bit more cozy and edit out a
couple lot of things.
Here is our first completed room on the first level:
I decided to add a cabinet and rug to add coziness to the room. I found a P. Buckley Moss print (which I LOVE) that had been hanging out in our basement and a cute plaque that my daughter had given me with one of our favorite phrases!
The top drawer holds our keys. A perfect spot to keep them since the door to the garage is in this room!
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my laundry room now. So peaceful and serene.
So, what did I do with all the other stuff? First, we used up my food stash. We kept the shelving unit in the basement to hold my zillions of baskets (which I will be selling soon!), and edited out all the stuff I didn’t use or love. All of my cleaning supplies are now out in the garage on a shelf.
This is the first room we have completed on our first level. We are still waiting for our furniture for the family room and kitchen, and still have to purchase a bunch of stuff for the other rooms, but it will have to wait. Sigh.
Which brings me to my financial update.
I joined Carla this month for a Low-No Spend Challenge. For the most part, I’ve been using cash and sticking to a budget. I know it’s been helping, as I had money left from my last paycheck. However, we got socked with an expense I’ve been trying to avoid for a long time. Remember our front door? Well it looks like just buying the storm door is not going to work. The door frame has completely rotted out and a new storm door could not be installed. We now need to buy a new door. The lowest price for a new front door with two sidelights and a storm door installed is $3,000.00. This was not in the budget.
I just got paid but I probably will not be able to reach my goal of saving the whole paycheck. Instead, I will put $250.00 of the $750.00 in savings and make due with what is left.
Anyone else having trouble saving money this month?