We breezed right through the first week. We are, or rather I am, not going to make any impulse purchases until after Easter, the boys did an amazing job cleaning out the car, all the unpaired socks have been rounded up and put into a plastic bag for later, and we threw out the newspapers.
Today's assignment took us to the Laundry Room!
Day 5 (Monday Feb. 27): Empty your laundry room completely. Wash, fold, mend, iron, and return every item to its proper place or give it to your parish St. Vincent de Paul Society or Goodwill.
I know I've posted pictures in the past of our old laundry room, before we remodeled it, but I don't think I have ever shown you a picture of it completed! (Not that you are even interested, but I took some pictures to post anyways!) To be able to make our kitchen a little wider, we had to make the old laundry room/bathroom longer and narrower, and so we ended up separating the bathroom from the laundry room with a pocket door. This bathroom is the one that my boys use, as well as any guests. What was I thinking having our boys bathroom for guests as well?! Thankfully they are pretty good about keeping it clean.
The first picture is from the hallway looking into the bathroom and laundry, and the second two are from the laundry room looking back into the bathroom.
Here are a few pictures of the laundry room:
We stacked our washer and dryer to have more room for the fridge and freezer. I have some of the cushions from our outdoor furniture sitting on top of the refrigerator, along with our roaster. Now that we have an extension ladder to reach our storage above the addition I might move the cushions up there next winter, but Spring is right around the corner and we'll be using them soon, right?!
The cabinets and sink that we had hoped to install in the laundry room were cut from the plans due to our limited remodel budget, but it still is so much nicer than what we had before. Not only am I still able to fit the washer/dryer and the freezer, we were also able to add our old refrigerator as well.
Thankfully I somehow managed to catch up our laundry(!!!) this past weekend, and with the three additional loads we did this morning, we are still caught up! Captain took the old rugs that had been rolled up in the laundry room for months to the car to drop off at St. Vincent's, took the paint buckets to the garage, and steam mopped the floor. In the meantime Chiquita helped hang up the last load of laundry to dry and then organized the caddy that slides next to the freezer, holding our laundry supplies. We got rid of a few items off of it, but looking at the picture I see a couple more that can go.
I'd like to get one more laundry sorter, but it won't be until after Lent. I have my eyes on this one, which has a hanging bar attached to it as well (I like to hang dry quite a bit of laundry), but until then, I have still managed to find a way to dry clothes inside using an old shower curtain tension rod hung between the wall and the refrigerator. :)
While we are in the laundry room, I think it might be the perfect day for a little Dryer Fire Safety project. The vent outside (covered in lint) is making me just a little bit nervous at the moment!
Believe it or not, my children are really enjoying the extra projects each day, and having one more way to make little sacrifices and to count down the days until Easter!