When my kids were little, I would regularly turn anything that felt like a chore into a game. Usually this involved me coming up with some very cute and clever (at least in my mind!) song to go with it.
“Let’s see who can pick up the train tracks the fastest!”
“How many toys do you think you can find under your bed?”
“Who can guess how many Lego pieces are on this floor? Pick them up to find out!”
There was just something about turning a task into a fun activity that made it more motivating. For some reason though, now that my kids are in the tween/teen years they don’t find my attempts at doing this as fun. I even offer to make up some songs to go with it! Go figure.
But, I know for a fact that one ‘game’ I will never outgrow is the “how cheaply can I re-decorate this room” game.
So, as I continue tackling our office makeover , I’m determined to find ways to cut costs and enjoy the fun of chasing down a bargain.
A couple of weeks ago I hit up Hobby Lobby in search for storage for this little corner of the office. I really wanted something that was just kind of ‘mine’ since the rest of the office is used by everyone in the family. I wandered around and around and around the aisles and saw so many pieces that would have definitely fit the bill. But not the right kind of bill. You see, I was determined to spend under $75.
Just as I was heading towards the exit, I decided to take one more look at the clearance section and it was there I found it! The perfect metal storage cart on sale for $40!!
It was a little bit wobbly and one of the wheels needed to be straightened out but I didn’t care because I have no intentions of wheeling this baby around the house. No, it’s just going to sit right here against the wall and look pretty.
I couldn’t resist placing a stack of my books, Life in Season, right on top. (if you don’t have a copy yet what are you waiting for?!)
As I’m working on the book proposal for my next book (equal parts terrifying/exciting/exhausting), I’m hoping that as I sit at the desk and look across the room, I will see my first book there and be inspired to keep going.
I also thought it would be so fun to display some of the books written by my friends and I can’t wait to add more to this little collection. I’m so proud of all of these women and blessed to have them in my life!
The boxes on the bottom provide some great storage for photos and cards and other odds and ends and I’m sure I will have fun mixing up all of the decor on the shelves from time to time and definitely with each new season.
Isn’t it funny how something can actually look even more beautiful when you know you got it for a bargain?
Now, I cannot wait to show you how my budget decorating game playing paid off with another purchase for the office but until then, I hope you enjoyed getting a little glimpse at how the office makeover is progressing and celebrating with me on my thrifty find! And are you ready to see more thrifty ideas and inspiration?
It’s time once again for our monthly Thrifty Style Team meet up!
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Thank you so much for stopping by today sweet friends,