This kind of goes to show that even if you have one day or a few opportunities somewhere that it still adds up! Most of the time I think of "making hay while the sun shines" in terms of things like produce that has come in, opportunities to save, getting the washing dry when the sun is shining and things like that. Now I also think of it in terms of making the most of time when you have it!
Some of the ways I built up our home this week include:
I cleaned out my kitchen pantry, washed the shelves and re organised everything.
I set up a new system so all my canned goods are in baskets with labels and also made a basket of things that need using up pretty soon.
The next cupboard looks much the same only with more bottles...
Then the cellar was the target but that is going to be something that will take me a while yet. Still, I made a start! I am also working on the freezer.
During the week I found three baskets on the side of the road. Neatly stacked, there they were!
Harper was with me. So I got to teach her about good stuff on the side of the road! The baskets basically match the rest of the white square ones I have used... I removed the liners as they don't go with the kitchen and now I just need to make them the matching chalkboard labels. What luck!
We are about to start a big DIY bathroom renovation. This has been brewing for a couple of years. There is a huge old spa bath that doesn't work. That needs to come out and is the biggest job of all. As far as expenses go the biggest by far is a new bath. I found a bath! It takes up around a quarter the space. And I LOVE a bath and this is the most important bit to me.
The trouble was it was way over budget and I had just been to another store with no success. The trend seems to be for huge baths. I don't know why unless you are seven foot tall? Here I had the perfect one and it was too expensive. I have learned to just tell the truth and ask... "ask and you shall receive" has turned out to mean more than I once understood. So I told the man in the shop that I loved it but it was too expensive. Despite no signs or anything the bath suddenly became on sale. I was doubtful this would put it in my piece range though. I guess my face told this story. All while I was actually sitting in the bath as I tried it out lol Then I added that I had cash.
He went off and came back and he reduced the price by $600! That made it right in the budgeted amount. I have my perfect bath!
The other good thing about this is that I will be able to have a big set of shelves in the bathroom for towels and supplies. I can't wait!
I wrapped my soaps that I made in January. To me they are rustic looking so I kept the packing rustic as well.
I lined them up on my little table before putting them into my present cupboard.
On Sunday I made a tray of sticky buns...
During the week a lot of my time was spent with the babies. Lucy was really unwell this week.
So far Harper has said single words but yesterday when I left she said "bye Nan" while kissing and waving. Yay!
I haven't worked out my Vicky Challenge savings yet. I will get to this over the weekend. Then I can add up my savings for March!
I hope everyone in QLD is going ok. What a week. For anyone following the cyclone it has now become a flooding emergency and it is looking extreme. The main thing is that everyone is safe.
How did you build up your home and save this week?
Have a good weekend! xxx