Showing posts with label laundry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label laundry. Show all posts

24 February 2012

Organizing Friday

Well I didn't get to much organizing and I didn't take any pictures, but ours was needing some attention. Especially the cupboards since they hold all my craft supplies and fabric and stuff. 
I got it taken care of, it's not perfect but it's not a disaster either.  

I did find some inspirational laundry rooms though!
Love the open shelves and bead board!

And I LOVE these floors and what they did with the wall! 

I love the pull out drying rack and how simple this is!

And I love everything about this, those cabinets are amazing!

And the same for this one! SO pretty!
Country Home

I did THIS post well over a year ago, and I still haven't figured out a window covering! I am SOO hoping I can get it done this weekend, especially since I just went through my fabric stash. I know what I want to use and I know where it is, just have to make sure I have enough of it!
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16 December 2011


Thank Goodness we made it to Friday! Today was the first day of vacation for our kids. I am so excited to NOT have to taxi everyone someplace this week. Enjoying the time at home with the kids! 
Today I took care of the Laundry Room. It was messy with piles of clothes for a couple friends and some goodwill stuff. Once nap time is over we are off to Goodwill.


And SO much better now!

And we have added this cute little thing to help the kids remember their chores for the day! Now if only I could remember to write on it everyday!

I need to stop waiting until the laundry room is FULL of stuff before I make the trip to Goodwill, but it's so easy to put all the extra in there!
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15 November 2010

~Saving Money~

The new year is fast approaching..  and I am NOT ready! One of our goals for the year is reducing/eliminating our debt. We have been following the Dave Ramsey plan (although I haven't been very good lately) and it is working, slowly but surely. We could probably do it a little faster if I were working outside the home, but neither my husband or I think putting the kids in daycare for me to work is worth the financial benefit and the loss of being with the kids all day would be very hard on all of us, just not worth it right now.  So I do my best to save in ways I can, and no not just clipping coupons! Thought I would share them over the next couple weeks as some of us prep for new years resolutions! I've posted about some of those ways before but some are new and I don't want anyone to miss the old ones either!

So I'll start with the first way I started making a change at home to save money. It was Homemade Laundry Soap, that was my first time making it and I messed it up so it doesn't look right. That was almost 2 years ago and I have only had to make 1 batch since and that was just recently. I think that the 10 Gallons lasts me about 18 months!! Which is amazing considering the cost for making it the first time was

Bucket $6 (I think), Zote Soap $1, Washing Soda $3, Borax $3

Total of $13 for the first time supplies (the borax, washing soda and bucket will be re-used) I try to gage a savings by per use, per pound or ounce, whatever I can break it down to. I do an average of 5 loads a week for 18 months is about 78 weeks, 78 weeks worth of loads is 390 loads!! Compared to the tide HE, Free and clear that gets 64 loads for $14. The price per load for tide is about 22 cents a load. For the homemade (also for the He and unscented) is 3 cents per load, the first batch! The second batch when you don't have to buy the bucket or washing soda or borax is only an extra dollar for zote, the price for those loads is less then a penny per load!
I figured the 3 year savings (2 batches) is HUGE since the average is just over a penny per load. If I used tide for those 780 loads in 3 years it would have cost us $171!! I could easily pay off my Gymboree credit card with that! So even though it was really a very small change for us, over time it will REALLY save, and it requires no more effort than loading the tide bottle in and out of the grocery cart and car every month. 
The recipe is on the original post, but remember I messed it up, so yours SHOULDN'T look like that, It should look like this!

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24 January 2009

~Homemade Laundry Soap, My Weekend Project~

I feel like part of my job as a housewife is to make sure we aren't wasting money on things, if I can make it, I will, rather than buy it. I also have a mini obsession with the Duggars, you know "17 kids and counting" I loved their book, it was full of great tips and recipe's and it was very inspirational.. That many kids and debt free, Wow! Michelle ( the wife ) is SO organized and thrifty! Well I am no where close to THAT thrifty but I am willing to try one of her money saving tricks. Homemade Laundry Soap! Saw the recipe in the book then found it online.. Here it is.

Homemade Liquid Laundry Soap-
Front or top load machine

4 Cups Hot Tap Water
1 Bar Laundry soap ( Zote )
1 Cup Washing Soda
1/2 Cup Borax

Directions - Grate bar of soap and add to saucepan with water. Stir continually over medium-low heat until soap dissolves and is melted. -Fill a 5 gallon bucket half full of hot tap water. Add melted soap, washing soda and Borax. -Stir well until all powder is dissolved.
*The Chopped (way to soft to grate, in my opinion) Zote Soap*

*Water and soap mixture before melting*

*Melting the soap and water mixture double boiler style..*

Fill bucket to top with more hot water. Stir, cover and let sit overnight to thicken.

-Stir and fill a used, clean, laundry soap dispenser half full with soap and then fill rest of way with water. Shake before each use. (will gel) -Top Load Machine- 5/8 Cup per load (Approx. 180 loads) -Front Load Machines- ¼ Cup per load (Approx. 640 loads)

I see the number 640 loads YOWSA! I usually buy HE tide Free and Clear for $13 for 36 loads so that was $0.36 PER load!With this method I will only be paying $0.02 per load! Next time I make it ( when I don't have to buy the bucket, or Borax, OR washing soda ( you don't need much ) I will get 10 loads for $.02. All I will have to buy is the Bar of soap, Just over $1! That is totally amazing to me! And I feel good that I won't be wasting the plastic Tide containers any longer!Hope this inspires some of you Wifey's to try it, it doesn't smell much and was fairly simple. The hardest part was grating the soap.. And I used a double boiler method because I didn't want to put the soap in my cooking pot.

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