NO MORE SPENDING
12. 08. 2014

Hello! I think it’s safe to say the whole house moving thing caught up with me this weekend and I had to take a little time out. Boy did I feel whacked! Anyway I feel normal again this morning and eager to get on with everything that needs doing around here………mainly house updates and money-saving :)

First up the laundry room cupboard!

One of the first things we did last week was remove the broken washer dryer and replace it with a new one. We’d asked the seller to remove the appliance, but of course he didn’t!

I wasn’t sure about getting a washer dryer, but purchased one just in case we need it during the winter months. I don’t want to use the dryer function if I can help it, so we’ll see how it goes.

laundry room

Before and after (so far)

Over the coming weeks we plan to add shelving above the machine for laundry items (of course) and a mini stockpile – loo rolls, toothpaste etc.

Window handles.

We had two handles to repair. The one pictured below, that fell off when I closed it last week, and another that wasn’t locking correctly. We wanted to fix them pretty quickly as ventilation is so important in such a small place.

window handles
I had no idea you could replace these yourself, but after a little research I realised how easy it was. I bought a two pack of Yale standard handles from Homebase for £13.99 (they may be cheaper elsewhere but it’s the only one store I could walk to) and hey presto, working, locking windows!

Water & Electricity

This apartment comes with a water meter and a pay as you go electricity meter. I’m pleased about the water meter as this should save us money in the long run (they’ve estimated our bill at £23 a month, half the price of our old house), but the electricity will be getting changed as soon as possible as it’s more expensive to pay this way. We can’t get it changed just yet though as they have to see how we run the account first. This is despite us being with this company for about five years (with no problems) previously. One good thing about it is seeing how much electricity (in pounds) you use everyday – it’s slightly obsessive though!

I think that may be it for this slightly random post. I’m off to do a freezer inventory and make a meal plan for the rest of the month as I’ve been slightly slacking in this area!

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01. 08. 2014

Hi all! I’m sorry for my absence – sorting out our Internet connection is taking longer than expected – I hope to be back next Wednesday at the latest!

 

18. 04. 2014

Good morning! I’m sorry for my absence this week. I was trying so hard not to get caught up in the whole ‘we’re selling our house’ stress, but it happened anyway! The good news is though, we have a buyer. It happened so fast (on the first viewing), and so it’s been a whirlwind of activity over the last few days. Not least because we haven’t even thought about finding somewhere to live yet!!

Of course so many things can go wrong between now and the day we exchange contracts – hopefully it won’t – so at the moment we’re just concentrating on family stuff (a wedding and a birthday celebration) + getting organised for our trip to Portugal. Once we’re back home, if everything is still ok with the sale, then we’ll start looking for a new place to live. Yikes!

Minimalist Wardrobe:

Minimalist wardrobe

I’ll talk about it a lot more in my de-cluttering post tomorrow (+ in a separate post next week), but I have organised my wardrobe this week. A few items needed editing out + the actual wardrobe needed a clean (dust etc). It felt good to get it done.

Ok. I think that’s it for today. I need to pop into town to drop some paperwork off + buy a few groceries (we have extra people for dinner tonight), and then hopefully I can catch up with all your blogs.

Have a lovely day :)