Here I was thinking I could handle blogging every single week...alas, I cannot. I'm deeming myself a teacher of organization/DIY'ing/cooking/budgeting...therefore, I'll be blogging as much as I can this summer, but will kick it back into "twice/week" gear come fall. Allow me to show you what is causing my major lack of time. I'd like to introduce you to: The Garage Project (T.G.P.)!!!
Here are a series of photos from start to where we are now. In 9 full days of work (weekends have been solely dedicated to this project - in turn making my weekdays very hectic and busy just trying to catch up), we - with an AMAZING crew of helpers that have volunteered their time to helping us - have gotten quite far. Thanks to a very knowledgeable and handy Hubby - this has been possible:
If any of you have ever done a large home improvement project, you'll understand how much life gets scattered into disarray. And that is my life right now. I have a lot of things bouncing around in my head, but actually following through is proving to be a bit on the difficult side. I'm hoping once this large project gets finished, I can tackle some of the smaller, more exciting (for this organizing maven-I'm ready) projects that involve fun containers and getting it together.
Now, for the organization part that I was responsible for: budgeting. I've come to find that when it comes to a large project like this - everything you price is just an estimate. JUST and estimate. We spent the last 2 years saving up for this project, and it's paid off. While getting a loan, or putting it on a home improvement card works just great (especially when they have 0% interest for 18 months kind of thing so you can pay it off before you accrue any interest) - but for us, we didn't want to have to pay anybody back but ourselves. So, every paycheck we stashed away a little here and there until we could pay for everything we needed outright. We even added a little more for those "odds and ends" that seem to come up - great idea - in theory. Things come up, supplies runs out, materials don't work - sometimes the budget doesn't stay in place. That's when we decided to hold off on a few things, like electric, until we save up enough money again. We'll still have a happily functional garage, just won't have the handy dandy button to push for the door to go up and down. My parents STILL have a garage door that requires manual movement - we will be channeling my parents while we do just that, with our door. Yes, I'd love for it to just be done - but I'm not willing to have any debt because of it. I'm a huge fan of saving for something big, it's possible with will power.
Until next week...I hope!!!