Laundry Room Reveal – DIY Makeover

Laundry Room Reveal

Has it really been four months since I started my laundry room makeover? Yikes! I had intended on having it done a long time ago, but I guess life happened.

The good news is I have been working my booty off these last couple weeks and finished not only the laundry room, but I re-did my bathroom as well.

Today, I’m sharing the laundry room reveal. The bathroom reveal will come later, so keep an eye out for that.

If you remember, my plan was to get some baskets, paint the wall, get some art work, add a mirror and hooks and figure out a new shoe storage system. While I’m not 100% finished, I am done enough to call it for now.

DIY Laundry Room Makeover

I still need to figure out a new shoe cubby system and paint the trim, but otherwise it’s finished!

The Before

Here’s a reminder of what it looked like before:

Laundry Room Before Makeover - Clutter

My laundry room just so happens to be the entry way to my house (or at least the one that EVERYBODY uses), so company seeing this when they first walked in was embarrassing. That is also the reason I wanted to do this room first.

Laundry Room Makeover - Before

It was a cluttered mess. There was no organization and a lot of things that just didn’t belong in there. The first step was to get rid of all the clutter and items that didn’t belong.

Messy Laundry Room - Before Makeover

I debated what color I wanted to paint it. I got the baskets first, so the color had to match the baskets. When I found the art work and hooks at Big Lots, the choice was made easier. I found the paint pre-tinted at Wal-mart.

The Cost

My budget was between $50-$75. The majority was to go towards obtaining baskets. I found those as Dollar Tree and purchased around 20.

Dollar Tree Baskets for Laundry Room

I found the hooks at Big Lots. They were $8 for a package of 3. I purchased two packages.

Anchor Hooks from Big Lots - Mud Room Entryway

The “Joy is Always Possible” sign also came from Big Lots and was around $10.

Joy is Always Possible - Laundry Room Artwork

The full budget breaks down as follows:

Baskets $20
Mirrors $10 ($5 each at Wal-Mart)
Hooks $16
Paint $20
Artwork $10

Total $76

I was slightly over budget, but that is okay because I used the extra paint to do the bathroom. I suppose you could technically take off half the cost of paint making me under budget.

The Laundry Room Reveal

I’m super pleased with how well it turned out. Remember, I still have to finish the trim, so imagine that done in white. I also want to find or build a new shoe cubby that is shorter than the current one. It will sit right under the mirrors and probably be painted white as well.

Laundry Room and Mud Room Combo DIY Makeover

The shelves are now organized and contain the essentials, as well as a few “extras”. My clutter is neatly contained and not falling out of every nook and cranny.

Laundry Room Reveal - DIY Makeover

I am ready for guests to arrive now and be greeted with this sight instead of the horror that was the before.

Organized and Decluttered Laundry Room Makeover

Does your laundry room look like my before or after? 

10 Free Money Management Printables

10 Free Money Management Printables

Raise your hand if you live debt-free…

Notice me over here in the corner with my hand hidden away behind my back. Yeah, that’s right. I have debt.

Student loans make up about 99% of my debt, but creditors don’t care. Debt is debt to them. Because I have plans for my future, I’ve been working on getting rid of my debt. I’ve paid off half of my non-student loan debt in the last year. I credit a majority of that to budgeting.

I use google sheets for my bill and expense tracking. It’s easy, convenient, and I can do it on the go, anywhere, anytime. Previously, I used a printable binder. Both have their advantages. I still store receipts and such in a binder, but as far as tracking expenses and managing bills, I do it online.

If online isn’t your thing, then you are in luck. Here are 10 free money management printables to add to your budget binder.

Free Money Management Printables to Help You Budget

1. Budget Binder Cover (+ more)

You need a binder, right? Abby from Just A Girl And Her Blog has a great budget binder cover (and some filler sheets too). There are plenty of other cover options available, but I’m a big fan of this one. Find one that you like to make using it fun.

2. Budget Binder

Kelli breaks her binder down a little differently, but has everything you need to get started budgeting. Kelli even has a few extra pages available such as Christmas Gift Planner worksheet and an Event Planner Budget worksheet.

3. Password and Transaction Trackers

Included in this family binder is a debt tracking worksheet. I highly recommend adding one of these to your budget binder. Jenn has also created some printables to track passwords, and automatic transaction schedules.

4. Budget Templates

Frugal Fanatic has her budget templates available in a digital format. She offers these in a monthly or yearly package. She also has a 2017 budget binder available with bill tracking, calendars, and everything you need to get your financial future in order starting today.

5. Savings Plan

If saving is a part of your budget, check out this 52 week saving plan. All you have to do it store the money away and tick off a box. It’s super simple, yet will help you reach your goals. When you finish this worksheet, you will have $1,378 dollars in savings.

6. Bill Pay Worksheet

This customizable bill pay worksheet allows you to input your bills before printing and helps you keep track of what has been paid. Just tick a box and never stress over whether or not you paid a bill.

7. Printable Cash Envelope

Queen of Free has a sweet bonus with her monthly budget and expenditure printables. She also offers a printable cash envelope. These envelopes have great quotes on them to inspire us to be better stewards of our money.

8. Debt Snowball

If you are just starting your debt snowball, this worksheet is a must. She also has a cute debt thermometer allowing you to see a visual of your debt being paid off. Simply color in the thermometer as you pay off more and more debt and watch as things start heating up.

9. Weekly Ledger

This one is one of my favorite budget binders. It’s beautifully designed, making budgeting less of a chore. I also like this one because Marie has included a weekly ledger which helped keep me on track with those impulse purchases.

10. Meal Planning Printable

Technically not a budget sheet, but without a meal plan, you will find yourself spending more than needed. I’ve been using a weekly or monthly menu plan for my family for years and it helps me cut a lot of costs in the kitchen. There is a monthly or weekly meal planning printable available to help make your dollars stretch.

What are some ways that you make budgeting fun? 

How Do I Do It? Financially? #SingleMom #Budget

How Do I Do It? Financially?

As a single mother, I’m not sure when people say “How do you do it?” if they mean emotionally, physically, or financially, so I’ve decided to turn this question into a series.

Financially speaking, this is how I do it.

 

Buy Used & Sell Used
The majority of things we buy are used. If I have exhausted all options and can’t find something used, then I will buy it new. The key to this is knowing what things cost and refusing to pay more. If I know that I can buy something for $5, then I won’t pay $10 for that item. Additionally, I save all of the kids’ outgrown clothes and sell them at a consignment store.

Make a Menu and Stick to it
Before you grocery shop, see what you have on hand and what you can make a meal out of. Then, make a menu including the items you have available. You don’t have to have tacos on Tuesday if you would rather have that roast you had planned for Thursday. Feel free to switch days and meals around, but stick to what you planned. The less you are in the grocery store, the less you will spend on impulse buys. It also helps to know what days you should prepare easy meals for. If you know it is going to be a busy day, then you don’t want to plan a labor intensive meal which could cause you to end up in the drive-thru ultimately spending more money.

Cheap Entertainment
While I do sometimes dream of extravagant vacations and taking my kids out of state to do fun things, I don’t feel like they are lacking in the entertainment area. As a family, we attend free festivals, see dollar movies, and skate on the cheap-skate days. Most places like zoos and museums offer reduced admission during non-peak hours or seasons. Take advantage of these offers. We have gone to the zoo on $1 day a few times, or used can food as admission into some museums.   

Barter
If you know you have a service to offer, see what bartering can get you. Maybe you can watch your neighbor’s kids twice a month in exchange for them cutting your grass. Or maybe you don’t have a garden but have chickens that lay eggs. If you have a creative talent, offer that as a barter. Never pay for something that you could get with a barter.

Sell Your Talent
If you are good at something, there is no reason you shouldn’t be making money for it. If you know how to play an instrument, consider giving lessons a couple days a week. Know how to paint? Sell some of your artwork. Don’t beat yourself up thinking your talent isn’t valuable. More people than you may realize will find value in your talent.

Be Patient
My kids are just like any other YouTube watching, game playing kid out there. As soon as they see a YouTuber playing a new game, they want it. A little patience pays off though. Don’t purchase the game (or whatever it may be) right away. Instead, wait a few months and the price will drastically drop or they will lose interest in it. Just think about it, how many times have you bought something your kids wanted, only to find it abandoned a few weeks later? Your kids may not have the newest thing, but they will be okay.

What are some of your budget tips to help single moms (and those on a single income) do it financially?