Here are ways I managed my household and was able to save money too this week.
$ I made valances for my living room windows and as soon as I can get Dan to hang the rods, they are going up.
$ I'm surrounded by white and cold and I miss flowers. I love to sit outside in the spring and summer and take in all the beautiful sights and smells. So I bought myself some flowers the other day while shopping at Aldi. I ended up with dozen roses for $8 which is a great price. Was it a splurge? Yes. Was it necessary? No But am I happy I did it? You betcha!
$ I'm going to get my hair cut and colored this morning. I have a barter system with my hairdresser and will be making a quilt for her in exchange for the appointment.
$ When we moved into the house here there was already a room darkening shade in our bedroom, as well as curtains. The shade broke a couple months ago and won't go back up. I finally went yesterday to get a new one but there wasn't anything wide enough for that window. I ended up getting room darkening panels (curtains) for a fraction of the cost which work great and match the new bedspread I got with my birthday money.
$ I mentioned that I wasn't going to be selling the soap anymore. A lot of that is because I'm stuck with inventory when I make a batch. However, it's not going to waste. We've been using it. I love how it lathers and my skin has felt great. So we have enough soap to last us many months.
$ I've been able to use a few things I had purchased for the shop to make things more efficient in my home. One of these is a jewelry rack that you hang on a wall for your necklaces. It helped to free up a bunch of space on my dresser top and also used something that was just sitting and taking up space.
$ I hate cleaning bathrooms. I really do and to be honest, I tend to put them off until it's so gross that I really hate doing it! However, I realize that it's a necessary evil and also if I would just stay on top of it, it truly wouldn't be that bad. So I've started a new routine of wiping down both bathrooms every day. They look great and it hasn't been terrible! :-)
$ I've been putting in a system of organizing and cleaning which is making my house look wonderful and isn't hard to maintain.
$ I've been using my stash of fabric to stock my Etsy shop and it's been dwindling. I use the scraps for coffee cup sleeves, mug rugs/coasters, tea totes and tissues holders. I love using up every little bit of what I have.
$ I've also been working on staying on top of the mail and clutter so that things don't get forgotten and I don't have piles sitting around. There is a pile I need to work on today.
Anyway, those are just a few ways I've been managing things. When I stay on top of all this I find that I have much more energy and don't have that weighted down feeling of knowing there is a mess all around me and I'm procrastinating.