DIY Laundry Room Makeover (In Progress)

DIY LAUNDRY ROOM MAKEOVER (IN PROGRESS)

Disclaimer: This is not a DIY blog, but I am a DIY kinda gal.

One of my biggest complaints about my house is the lack of organization. When I moved in (almost three years ago!), things happened to find a resting place and stay there, whether it was meant to be that item’s home or not. Since I didn’t really have a clear plan of what I wanted, I just let it go, but as time goes on, I am realizing this is “Home” and I want to get it looking more like a home. A big part of my 2017 goal is to get my house in shape!

DIY Laundry Room Makeover

I still don’t have a clear plan of what I want to accomplish, but I have been browsing pinterest for some inspiration and wanted to start with my laundry room/mud room. This room just so happens to be the entryway to my house. As you can see, it is very cluttered. 

Laundry Room Mud Room Before Decluttering

The Clutter

I hated that the first thing people saw upon entering my home was a big cluttered mess.

With pinterest’s help I knew that I wanted to implement a basket system. I have yet to decide on the color, and because I rent, I will not be repainting the room. Instead, I will make do with something that matches the current paint color.

To get rid of the clutter, I took every single thing out of the laundry room and put only the items that belonged there back. I threw away a bag full of unused/unneeded items and found homes for the rest of the items in a more fitting location.

The Plan

Until I decide which color and kind of basket to use, I am utilizing milk crates and small plastic totes. While this isn’t totally bad, I would like something a little more uniform that hides the clutter. I picture in my mind some larger baskets (approximately 5-6) for the top shelf and smaller ones (4-5) for the lower shelf. Depending on the type of baskets I use, I may put my detergents into glass dispensers/containers instead of stored in a basket or on the shelf as is.

Additionally, I need to figure out a better way to store our coats and shoes. I feel like this is almost a project in itself. I did tidy up the area some, but it still lacks cohesiveness with the rest of the room. I am currently debating some sort of shelving system, but I have to be mindful of the water heater’s location. I am thinking I want a decent sized mirror with 3-4 coat hooks directly under it (or attacked to it) – or a mirror with a small shelf with hooks attached to the shelf directly under it. In the meantime, I have straightened it up and decluttered a little. 

The dog food (grey tote) is now being stored in another container and out of the way. The wood table that the shoe rack is on will be out of there soon. I want to replace that whole bit with a shoe cubby of some sorts and then the mirror and hooks above it.

Laundry Room Mud Room After Decluttering

The Budget

My budget is somewhere between $50 and $75. The bulk of that is going towards the baskets. The coat rack will probably be DIY. I haven’t really factored in something for the shoe storage (shelves or whatever) so my budget may change. I wanted to browse pinterest some more for ideas that would work in the small space I have before nailing down an idea or budget. So far, I have spent nothing and just used what I had around the house. 

Five Fall Favorites

Five Fall Favorites

We are in the midst of my favorite season. I probably say that about all seasons, but Fall is my most favorite. What is not to love about sweater weather, knee high boots, and preparing for a new year? Here are my Five Fall Favorites.

Five Fall Favorites

 

Family Movie Nights – We normally do a family movie night each Sunday night, but with the days ending in darkness sooner, we are finding ourselves having more family movie nights. I love being with my kids and enjoying that time together, sharing in laughter over funny scenes. We take turns picking out the movie so everybody has a say in what we watch.

Leaves – Seriously guys, I adore the changing season and love driving down my normal routes seeing the leaves changing on the trees. Even the fallen leaves on the ground make me happy. In a funny sort of way the leaves changing signal a passing of time and I often find myself thinking how quickly time is going by.

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Bonfires – This is a favorite every year. It’s been a tradition to roast marshmallows, and tell stories around a cozy bonfire. Nothing beats hot chocolate and a warm fire. We are blessed to live in an area where it gets chilly enough to have a fire without being too cold.

Soups – I am the type of person who can eat soups all year long, but when the cooler weather rolls around, I gotta have them. My family’s favorite is taco soup. Yum, yum!

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Planning – I don’t know when you guys start planning for the new year, but I always begin in the Fall. I have found it gives me the perfect amount of time to get everything ready for the upcoming year. It works in my favor that all of the brick and mortars have their planner things front and center and I can browse through them to get some ideas. My 2017 daily life planner is coming along nicely.

What are some of your fall favorites? 

Thanksgiving is tomorrow. Can you believe it?! Check out the post I did on Life as a Convert about Living With Thanksgiving Daily.

Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome

Why Being A Single Parent Is Awesome

There seems to be this idea floating around out there – and stuck inside some people’s heads – that being a single parent is the worst thing in the world. I’m here to tell you that being a single parent is awesome. Before I go any further let me clarify that I mean single parent in its most pure form… NOT co-parenting, and NOT a parent whose spouse is away part of the year. I mean single parent as in, does it all, doesn’t receive any help from the other parent, kinda single.

Yeah, there are difficult times, but those pale in comparison to the joy that is being a single parent. (Emphasis on the single part).

Why Being a Single Parent is Awesome

 

All the love

This one is pretty obvious. As a single parent I get all of my kids’ love, hugs, kisses, and cuddles. I don’t have to share their affection with somebody else. I don’t have to worry about being the un-cool parent or my child preferring somebody else. I am their somebody else. That’s cool with me!

All the decisions

I don’t know about you guys, but I feel pretty strongly when it comes to certain topics regarding my children’s upbringing/health. I find comfort in knowing that I can raise my children how I feel is best without another decision maker thrown in the mix. I would have a very hard time letting some things go if my partner and I did not agree on that parenting choice *ahem circumcision, homeschooling* .

All the credit

This one is the best – and sometimes most intimidating one. Everything that my children are, is because of me. That’s an incredible thing and being able to say “I did that” is amazing. I raised my children to be respectable individuals that mind and rarely mis-behave. Like any other child, they have their moments and aren’t perfect little angels, but my children know right from wrong and usually choose the right.

I feel like I won the jackpot when it came to kids. I feel blessed to be a single mother during this season and when I look at my kids, I feel like I have done something right.

Things Homeschoolers Hate To Hear

Things Homeschoolers Hate To Hear

Homeschoolers are constantly being subjected to people’s opinions regarding what they think is best for their children. Not only are homeschoolers constantly told their decision to school at home is wrong, they are also being told repetitive things they get tired of hearing. Here are Things Homeschoolers Hate To Hear:

Things Homeschoolers Hate to Hear

– Are they socialized?

If sitting in a classroom with 20-30 students the same age everyday is being “socialized”, then no. Homeschoolers are spending their time with a wide age range of people, learning how to socialize in real life situations. This is especially cringe worthy when my children were just talking and carrying on a conversation with the person (or their kids) who said it. 

– Are you qualified to teach them?

Are you qualified to help with your children’s homework? As the parent of MY child, yes I am qualified. I am the MOST qualified person to teach my child.

–  I could never do that.

You could. You simply chose something else. 


– You must be patient.

On the contrary, we may lose our patience more than public school teachers. Because we are teaching our own children, homeschool parents are allowed to be a little less patient 😉 


– You have a lot of time on your hands

I wish! Anybody who thinks a parent who stays home and homeschools their children has a lot of time on their hands is sorely mistaken. Homeschooling takes up a lot of our day. All meals are eaten at home which means cooking and cleaning three times a day, and not to mention everything else going on. Homeschoolers are busy! We especially hate when you ask us to watch your kids because “we are home”.   


– How do they make friends?

Easy! Most homeschoolers participate in “extra” activities like 4-H, sports, arts, co-ops, scouts, church groups, and have frequent field trips and play dates. Most areas have active homeschool groups allowing homeschoolers to make lifelong friends (of all ages!).


– Public school is much cheaper

Both are equally expensive. You just have to chose which expensive you want. Public school extra curricular activities usually don’t have the fees that some homeschool activities have, but once you factor in the cost of supplies, uniforms, equipment, etc it evens out.


– My kids go to private school, so they don’t deal with the same negativity problems as public schoolers.

These problems exist in ALL school settings. Just because your kid goes to a private school doesn’t mean they aren’t introduced to negative things.

Next time you catch yourself wanting to utter one of these phrases, think about what you may be implying.

Single and Seeking

Single and Seeking

I have noticed that when somebody – male or female – is single and seeking, they suddenly become all these great and marvelous things to other people. It seems like they can’t be single and seeking without others needing to comment on what a great person they are and how they deserve the best.

I am in that single and seeking crowd and everytime I mention it on social media I am told how great a person I am and all this other feel good stuff. When did desiring a relationship equate to a lack of self-esteem? Can’t we just seek for a mate without all the praise? And who says that because you desire a relationship that you are unhappy with what you currently have?

For the record, I am happy with myself. I am happy in the situation that I am in, but that doesn’t mean I can’t desire more happiness. Despite what some may believe, desiring a relationship doesn’t make one desperate. If that were the case, I would have married the first thing to cross my path. Additionally, I dislike all the “You don’t need a man” and “Focus on your kids” talk I have heard. Of course I focus on my children. They wouldn’t be where they are if I didn’t. And of course I don’t need a man. But I want one.

Single and Seeking

 

I want one for myself; not for my children. I can raise my children all by myself, thank you very much. But raising my children doesn’t give me all that I want. I want to be more than “just a mom”. I can’t get that intimate cuddling, and adult conversation that I desire from my children. They don’t need to be involved in adult things. And you know, sleeping alone kinda sucks.

Most importantly, I want to be sealed to my family. I want the blessings that come from that. But, I don’t want to hear “You will find the right one when the time is right”. Of course I may. But I also may not. Either way, life goes on.

In the meantime, I remain:

Single and Seeking,
Aduke