Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts
Showing posts with label organization. Show all posts

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I'm a Cheater...

....a big one.  I completely scrapped my plan of using my own two hands to build that laundry basket dresser.  I broke down and bought a laundry sorter from a store, because, as it turns out building one laundry basket dresser would have cost about the same, if not more, than the sorter that I found at Target.  

Here's the whole story:   I had convinced my husband to spend Friday evening working on the laundry basket dresser that I'd planned to make.  I had convinced him of how easy it was going to be and that it was only going to cost about $30.  I even convinced him to go to Lowe's and pick up the supplies.  When he got there he discovered that it was going to cost a lot more than $30, but he couldn't convince me (shame on me).

I had to see for myself, so I went to Home Depot and found a very nice employee (who was very knowledgeable) to help me.  I told him that I wanted to build the laundry basket dresser for as cheap as possible, I showed him the plans, and he pointed out the most inexpensive materials they had and sure enough, there was no way I was going to get out of there without spending $50.  He wasn't just trying to over-sell to me either, he actually ended up asking me if I was sure I still wanted to make it and ultimately told me to look around and see if I could find something pre-made before I committed to making that thing.

So that's what I did.  I drove across the parking lot, went to Target, and lo and behold there was the solution to my laundry mess.  It's about the same dimensions as the laundry basket dresser, holds the same amount of clothes, and even has a lid to serve as a little counter top.  I had $18 left on a gift card which made the original price of $60 come to about $48 after tax.

Usually saving money means making something yourself, but in this case it didn't.  "Cheating" paid off.  I have no idea how other people have made that laundry basket dresser for as cheap as $30.  Maybe they already had some supplies on hand or they were just smart enough to figure out another way to get it done.

I was a little heart broken when I found out that I was not going to be able to build the dresser for as little money as I'd originally thought.  That's how stubborn I am....heart broken over a laundry basket dresser...ridiculous.  BUT, it was soooo nice to not spend a single second putting something together.  My husband put the sorter together and it only took him about 20 minutes.

I'm writing all this, mostly as a reminder to myself, to say:  do the homework before getting stuck on a plan or idea.  I was shocked to find out that something store-bought was going to actually save me money and, maybe even more importantly, time.  Thank goodness for that Home Depot employee that convinced me to go elsewhere!

I'll have my whole laundry room posted tomorrow morning!

p.s.  I think it would make sense to build the laundry basket dresser if you need two of them, otherwise, because of the way plywood is sold and the amount you need, you end up spending money on more supplies than you need.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Thrifty Inspiration: Laundry Rooms

Very few people see my laundry room (mainly because I always keep the door shut to prevent the clothes from flooding our hallway) and it's tiny (slightly larger than the appliances themselves), but I've decided  to put some effort into making it a more organized and attractive space.  Plus, I have most of the supplies that I need and the ones that I don't have should be pretty inexpensive.

Here are a couple cheap laundry room projects that seriously have me believing that it's possible to create a pretty space out of the hole in the wall that is our laundry room.

Tamsyn at Max and Me created this gallery wall for her laundry room as part of the Pinterest Challenge.  I'm a big fan of gallery walls (here and here) and something like this would look great in my laundry room.

Diana at Our Vintage Home Love has a fantastic laundry room.  It looks amazing without fancy cabinetry or a front-loading washer/dryer.  So inspiring!  I love the shelves and the little counter top she created on the dryer.  Anyone could achieve this look without spending a fortune.

I'll probably only have time to clean our laundry room out this weekend, but I'm gonna try really hard to get it painted.  Of course I'll update on Monday!

Y'all have a good weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gettin' It Together (Changes)

*****  I made some changes.  The picture above is the new printable.  *****
Still not pretty, but more functional.

It's not pretty because I didn't have any extra space for cutesy stuff.

I'm hoping that it'll help me get on track.  Click here if you would like to partake.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Weekly Chore Schedule

Forgive me for my lack of projects and extremely short posts lately, but I'm still trying to get into a routine.  Being sick last week really threw me off.  I planned on having my house spotless by now.  The first floor is almost there, but the second and third floors look like something from an episode of Hoarders, so that's what I'll be working on for the next couple of days.

When I get my house clean, I plan to keep it that way.  When I was teaching and my husband was working in the evenings I had very little time to devote to chores that didn't absolutely need to be done.  Dishes and diapers had to be taken care of, but I didn't vacuum or scrub the showers as often as I should  have.  Most of that stuff was saved for the weekends and whatever didn't get finished was put off 'til the next weekend, or the next weekend, or the next weekend...... I have no excuses now. 

I'm gonna create a chore schedule and stick to it.  I thought about making my own printable, but I found this one and figured that there was no point in reinventing the wheel.
This printable comes from The Project Girl.  She has a lot of handy printables on her blog.

I just need to decide what chores I'm going to do on each day and I'll be on my way to a cleaner house!

Any other tips and secrets I need to know that'll help me keep my house straight?  I'd love to hear!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

It's a start....'s not exactly beautiful...but it's a start.  I bought some things to help get me organized. 

Before I show you my very unimpressive pictures, here's another beautiful pantry to go along with the organization inspiration I posted last week.
via pretty....and now, my pictures.

Thanks to a little $10 basket from Target, my arch enemy (that I originally posted about here), the kitchen/dining area counter, has been vanquished.  All clear!  Hopefully it'll say that way.

Here's another $10 basket that's doing a great job of concealing clutter.  This one is from HomeGoods and it's on the top shelf of our pantry.

This handy dandy broom holder is another addition to my pantry.

My last purchase was not cheap, but it was necessary.  My husband and I bought some nice Henckels knives last year and they've been clanking around in our silverware drawer ever since.  We looked and looked for something to keep them in so they would stay sharp.  We didn't want a big butcher block because we only have two, but we could never find anything small to keep them in.  We came across this drawer organizer last week and despite the high price tag it came home with us. 

Obviously I still have so much to do, but I'm on my way to having more beautiful organization!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Seriously Craving Some Beautiful Organization

I kind of hate spending money on things for my house that nobody will see.  Yaknowwhatimean?  Very few people will ever go in my pantry, laundry room, or closets so usually I think, "Who cares what it looks like?"  As long as I can get to what I need and they're relatively clean,  I'm fine with them. 

I rarely spend much time or money dressing my storage spaces up.  Pictures like these make me think the money would be well worth it and that I'd enjoy chores a little more and keep things a little lot more tidy if I had storage that was this pretty.




Thoughts?  Have you done a storage beautification project that was totally worth it?

Thursday, March 10, 2011

One Thing In, One Thing Out

We don't have much room to store unnecessary stuff at our house, so when something comes in I try to get an item that we already own out.  Judging by the state of one of our junk drawers, you could guess that I'm not very good at sticking to my own little policy. 

Today, however, was different.  I followed my own rule and the olive green drapes that were in our living room have found a new home thanks to Craigslist. 
They will not sit in a closet for years taking up space while I wait for them to be useful again.  Plus, the cash I got for the drapes pretty much covers the cost of the new ones.  Woo hoo!

This weekend I plan on taking care of our many junk drawers (and closets) to make up for a couple years of not following the "one in, one out" rule.  Wish me luck.
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