Thursday, March 14, 2013
After making over the Professor's room for his birthday, I had one piece of board leftover from the shelves that I didn't want to go to waste. The professor has a TON of hats in his collection and they didn't have a home, so I decided that the best use for the last board was to make him a hat rack! Even if you include the cost of the board ($5ish) all I needed was 2 packages of hooks ($3 each) the same container of free sample paint, a stencil for the lettering ($2) and a black sharpie marker. I cut the board down a tiny bit, freehanded with the stencil, attached the brackets, and added two hanging brackets on the back (that I saved from some artwork we bought so they too were free) and we had a hat rack that was LITERALLY the hit of the room.
I hung it below the shelving above his bed and he's good to go!
One hat rack for about $10. A great way to use up leftovers and make a 9 year old VERY happy!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
I'm trying, really I am. Since I never updated you on the January goals, I'm going to go ahead and do that now. Better late than never. Sigh...
1. Clean out Mistress's room and sell/donate anything she doesn't use anymore.
4. Do one load of laundry a day to keep on top of it.
5. Get my kids to do more routine chores.
6. Reduce, even eliminate food waste.
7. Have the kitchen cleaned up and everything ready for the next day at night before bed.
I actually accomplished this one, although in this house cleaning, organizing, and purging are kind of a weekly thing. We did just get rid of all this:
or the local high school band yard sale. Tax write off AND we get to clean out, plus they get a ton of stuff that they can sell to make money from. It's a win-win!
2. Figure out an incentive system to get my kids to be nice to each other.
Um, no. We're still working on this one.
Make the majority of our food from scratch.
Doing rather nicely on that one thanks!
We'll call this one 95%. I've been much better at keeping on top of it, but this past weekend I slipped. I suppose that's going to happen now and then and I just can't beat myself up about it.
YES YES YES!!! The beds are made daily now, they bring down their dirty clothes, and they clear their dishes every meal. Still working a bit on the cleaning up after themselves a bit, but we are getting there!
Score another big yes for me! While not completely eliminated, I have gotten much better at this one, and going to the grocery only once a week now makes it so that I'm forced to use up what we have instead of rushing out for ingredients. Yay!
We'll call this one half there. I've been really good about cleaning up the kitchen right away, but don't always have everything prepped for the kids snacks and lunches in the mornings yet. I'll get there!
8. Blog at least twice a week, one being a project.
Yeah, I'm not even going to dignify that one with a follow up. I'll keep my standard response: I'm working on it.
9. Hit 80 followers.
Since you have to blog projects to gain followers, I'll refer you back to #8...
10. Keep track of anything I'm tempted to buy and don't, tally up the total and transfer it to savings at the end of the month.
While good in theory, it's really hard to do in real life. What qualifies? The shoes that Mistress didn't need off Craigs List? The steak that I remembered we already had in the freezer? Just not feasible. We just transferred $150 instead and called it a day. Or month. :)
So there you have it. My January goals. My March goals are to keep on it and get the rest of them knocked out, get back to my running routine, and keep on keeping on. It's like Dory says, "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."
Posted by Ashli at 7:45 AM