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Home Improvement Spending

July 21st, 2014 at 05:42 am

We completed our landscaping project this weekend. We felt like it was a pretty fast improvement. It involved removing grass (primarily dead) from four areas around the sides of our home, adding landscaping edging, landscape fabric and then rock. This cost us about $250, but it is a good improvement for the home.

We expect to add some shrubs and other shade plants, but will look for them on clearance closer to fall. I will be moving some coral bells that are in the sun to the backyard shade. I have a couple other items from the front bed that may get moved to the back as well. We are having very warm humid weather now and transplanting plants this time of year isn't the best. So that part of the project will wait.

The other home improvement spending was to special order two 33 inch wall cabinets for our laundry room. The cabinets will match our kitchen cabinets that are in the room right next to the laundry. The stain will match, too! These will be installed by us when they arrive above the washer and dryer. Our laundry room only has one base cabinet under the sink for storage. We decided cabinets were better than a basic wire shelf for this price point of home. They will provide nearby storage for kitchen items, too. We spent $392 with tax for these. We paid half now and the rest will be charged before they are delivered. I have about three weeks to get my laundry room painted!

We are back to running our air conditioner after at least a week without. It was nice to have a week of cool weather in July. It will be interesting to see what our bill is next month!

What kind of storage do you have in your laundry room? Did you do any work in your yard this weekend? Were you able to have keep your air conditioner off at all this month?

5 Responses to “Home Improvement Spending”

  1. Maranatha Says:

    My laundry room has one cabinet under the sink and a wire shelf above the washer and dryer, which I don't really care for. It also has a small closet with wire shelving. Not really a lot of room to store things, I keep trash bags, sprays mop and broom etc in there. When I get time to be at home I am planning to add to some rooms etc. My husband and a man that works on our ranch takes care of our yard, the did all of the landscaping themselves. When we first moved out there it was nothing but pasture.

  2. ceejay74 Says:

    We just turned the AC back on last night (after a few weeks of leaving it off) because today is expected to get to 91 and feel like 103. AC usually runs constantly throughout the month of July, which is usually the hottest month in MN. Not this year though! Doesn't save us any money since electricity is in our fixed condo dues.

  3. snafu Says:

    Our tiny, windowless, 'L' shaped multi use utility room is adjacent to the garage entry to the main hall incorporating sewing machine desk, W/D, hot water tank, furnace. In spite of the size it's our craft space, gift wrapping station and sort zone. We installed 3 wooden shelves above the W/D and sewing desk to look like one continuous unit with 2 small shelves from ceiling in one corner sized for specific supply bins. The awkward space adjacent to the hot water tank has a 3 shelf bookcase painted the same colour as the wall for all the big containers of laundry detergent and cleaning products. I added an at-hand roller blind to block the visual but I never use it. The back of the door holds a drop down ironing board with the iron holder screwed into the wall, important for sewing projects. The shelves above the sewing station and washer holds in-use items. The opposite wall has a large' jacket rack' so clothes can be immediately hung on hangers, ready to transfer to appropriate closets. the wall opposite the furnace has giant cup holders screwed into the studs for repurposed suit/garment bags - one of which holds gift wrap supplies.

    My fav is a ceiling gizmo to dry clothes indoors as dryer is the most expensive appliance to operate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDyYAq1sJOw

  4. SecretarySaving Says:

    In my storage room I have one high shelf. Under that is the bar to hang clothes up. I didn't do any yard work this weekend. My ac has been on for awhile. I keep it on 83 during the day with no one home and lower it to 80 when we get home and run the fans in the rooms we are in. For sleepy time I lower it to 73.

  5. PNW Mom Says:

    We have great storage in the laundry room (see pics of remodel if interested) I expect our electric bill to be higher than normal this month as we are having a warmer than usual summer around here. Last month we had lower than normal bills for electric and natural gas, so maybe it will all even out.

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