Our Small Laundry Room Makeover Revealed!

We have our first room completely remodeled in our new house and I can’t wait to show you our laundry room makeover! The laundry room is one of the most used and practical rooms in the house, and a lot of homemakers really dislike all the laundry they have to do. I’m no exception, laundry is not my favorite thing to do. At all.

But with six children the wash machine is always swishing, and the dryer humming away. I knew that I wanted a beautiful place to do laundry, and since this laundry room is on the main level, everyone sees it constantly.

Our house was covered in wallpaper and old light fixtures, but the laundry room shows me what this house can look like if we keep working at it!

I introduce to you…my laundry room!
Our small laundry room makeover! From wallpaper to paint, and open shelving, this laundry room is now practical and beautiful!

*Squeal!!!!* I love it! I can’t even begin to tell you how delighted I am with how it turned out. To give you an idea of how transformed it is, here is a before picture.

Old Laundry Room Makeover

We removed the wallpaper, had someone come in and mud the walls to give it a smooth surface, and we took off the doors above the washer and dryer to give it a more open feel. We also removed the small clothes rack on the wall to open it up. There was a huge fluorescent light that was green and ugly, and that came down as well.

Our small laundry room makeover! From wallpaper to paint, and open shelving, this laundry room is now practical and beautiful!

I wanted the laundry room to be bright and cheerful, so I picked this Sherwin Williams Open Air color. It’s a light blue that reminds me of the beautiful sky and fresh flowers without being a baby blue nursery color. We actually have one of our girl’s rooms this color as well.

See the built in ironing board? Just open the door and out comes the ironing board! I love that it’s tucked away! It’s obviously smaller than a full size ironing board and is not quite as convenient, but so far it’s worked just fine.

Laundry Room Makeover. Open shelves in our laundry room for holding practical items and decor. The laundry detergent is in the glass jar.

We took the doors off and filled in the holes and did a touch up paint job. This is exactly what I was dreaming of! The “House Keepers” box was my moms and I have so many memories of seeing her use it. It’s extra special to me!

Laundry Room Makeover.

The metal letters I found at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale. I wanted a rustic farmhouse feel to this laundry room and these were a perfect fit. You can also find them on Etsy here.

Laundry Room Makeover. Wooden stand with candle from Grove and Ikea white pot and greenery.

The wooden stand from Hobby Lobby definitely gives it that farmhouse feel, and I put a candle from Grove on top of it. The white pots and greenery came from IKEA.

Laundry Room Makeover. Glass jar with clothespins and white jar and greenery from IKEA.

I used a glass jar to put clothespins in, and used another white pot from IKEA.

Laundry Room Makeover. Vintage iron tin container to hold dryer balls, and a Home Comforts Book.

I found this vintage looking iron container from World Market and use it to hold my wool dryer balls. I love it! My mom gave me this Home Comforts book years ago, so it’s another sweet reminder of her. If I ever have a question of how to wash something, this book has a large laundry section so it will be handy to have it there.

Laundry Room Makeover. Glass jar to hold laundry detergent.

This might not be the most practical thing, but I saw the idea of using glass jars to hold your laundry detergent and loved how it looked. My mother in law encouraged me to do it, and I’m so glad I did! I needed a smaller jar, so I purchased this Pioneer Woman set and we will use the other one in the kitchen.

The glass jar is from Grove (where I get all my cleaning supplies) and I poured my stain remover spray in it. The white container is from IKEA, and I put the plastic container to pour the laundry soap in there. It hides it away and keeps the stickiness off the shelf.

I kept looking and looking for this sign at Hobby Lobby and finally found it tucked away on my second trip there! It was exactly what I was wanting to get. It reminds me of the one that Magnolia Homes sells, but it’s smaller and more affordable. Much more affordable. 🙂

Laundry Room Makeover with this vintage laundry hamper from World Market!

This vintage laundry hamper was my big splurge for this room. I’ve always loved these hampers that roll, and thought they were so awesome looking! I had a coupon for World Market and decided to get this rolling hamper. The wheels work well, and my plan is for clean laundry only to go in this. I can then wheel it into the living room to fold the laundry! This definitely makes my homemaking heart happy. 🙂

Laundry Room Makeover with this light from Lowes.

The other big purchase we did was to replace the light. It was so huge and ugly and this new light just makes all the difference! Sean had to cut a huge rectangle in the sheetrock to to fix a big hole and some bad mud work. He then hung some new sheetrock and taped and mudded it. Then we painted the ceiling white since you could tell where the large fluorescent light had been before. We found this bronze metal light from Lowes and love how it looks! It’s nice and bright (lights are hard to photograph!), and would recommend this light for any smaller size room or entry way!

I’m so thrilled with how it turned out and I can’t wait to start on another room! If you are wondering, the door in the laundry room leads to a half bathroom, and we have all the supplies to redo that room. We just need time. Lots and lots of time!

 

Sources

Paint Color – Sherwin Williams Open Air

Galvanized Metal Letters – Hobby Lobby or Etsy

Wash and Dry Sign – Hobby Lobby or similar from Amazon here and here.

Laundry Iron Container – World Market

Glass Jar Dispenser – Walmart or Amazon

Light – Bronze Metal Light from Lowe’s

Glass Spray Bottle – Grove

Vintage Rolling Hamper – World Market

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Teaching Children Practical Life Skills They Have To Know

The more children I have, the more I realize how essential it is to teach my children practical life skills.

They can’t wait until they get to college before they learn how to do basic skills such as laundry, doing dishes, how to sweep a floor, etc.

Teaching children to be diligent in their morning chores is crucial to how the rest of the day will go for the whole family! A clean house is a much better start to our school day.

I grew up learning a lot of life skills because of my mom’s health. She had epilepsy her whole adult life, and I have early childhood memories of being with her right after a seizure. As I grew older I definitely learned to help around the house, and how to care for her when she was in bed with her Lupus.

My husband however did not grow up learning a lot of life skills. His mom is one of the most devoted mothers I have met. Her life revolves around her family, and she did a lot for Sean growing up. He was required to do some chores, but he said it would take him a day to fold some laundry.  He did put away dishes but doesn’t remember doing any dishes. (A side note, I asked my mother in law if I could share this on the blog and she said it was ok. I love her a lot, so I’m not trying to put her down here!).

When we got married, it was a hard adjustment for me to realize he didn’t know how to pitch in and help do the dishes. I literally walked him through how to fill the sink full of soapy water, what side of the sponge to use, etc. He was so painfully slow at doing it that I could barely watch. We became pregnant with our first three months after getting married, and I was really sick that first trimester. Sean was very tender and sweet, but couldn’t fix me meals – he barely knew how to boil water!

Thankfully he has come a long ways over the years, and will even pitch in and do dishes once in awhile. His biggest strength is doing laundry, which I’m immensely grateful for. He is also a perfectionist, and is way better at organizing our home than I am! So our strengths and weaknesses balance each other out.

I’m determined that my children, both male and female, will know all the basic life skills necessary to run a house, and feed themselves some proper meals when they leave my house.

Here are some things that I feel are important for any child to learn.

How to make their bed – that being said, most of my children don’t know how to do that yet. Ha! Since we had bunkbeds at our last house I took pity on them. I remember being in a bunkbed when I was little and that it was so hard to make that top bunk! Now that we moved to a new house, we have enough room to have regular beds and they will all be required to make them.

How to do dishes – This is a harder job than it sounds, but every child needs to learn how to do it! I have some children that struggle doing this task, and others that can do it more easily. However every child should know how to wash dirty dishes. I think they should know how to hand wash them and how to use a dishwasher.

How to do laundry – Some ladies do a better job of teaching laundry than I do. I’m not as picky about cold water/hot water and separating all my colors out each time. However my children definitely know how to fold clothes, and even my little ones can switch out the clothes.

How to prepare a meal – Every young teenager should be able to make a meal from start to scratch and serve their family. It can be super simple, but children have to learn how to cook!

These are just the bare basics that children need to know. There are so many other things they need to learn, like how to tie their shoes, use a sharp knife, how to have good manners, change the oil on the car, and so many other life skills.  However it can get overwhelming trying to teach everything to your children. Life can slip by and the more children you have the harder it is to teach everyone.

That’s why I’m so excited about a brand new program that just came out called Skill Trek. We are going to be using it this year, and my children already love it!

Skill Trek will step in and help teach your children an amazing amount of practical life skills through videos, and PDF guides they read through. The family behind Skill Trek has seven children and they understand the challenges involved in making sure each learns life skills. I have my 5 year old through my almost 14 year old using this program. New videos are continually being recorded and added to Skill Trek, so they can always keep learning new skills!

Our oldest son watched a video about how to check the oil in the car, something we had not covered with him yet. Sean is going to go out with him to the van this week and watch him check it. Another child read through a guide on how to fold laundry correctly, something this child really struggles with.

While I love homeschooling, it can be exhausting to constantly be the only one teaching your child everything. I love how Skill Trek comes alongside you and helps you out as a parent!

Skill Trek has monthly and yearly subscription plans, and discounts are available if you enroll more than one child in the plan. They even have a family plan that covers up to 8 children!

I plan on including this in our homeschool week. Every Friday we will cover a new skill and continue to work on the skills we have already learned.

The life of a parent can be very hectic. We focus so much of our attention on teaching our children all the core subjects in school that we often neglect to teach them some some simple skills. Skill Trek was designed, not to replace you, but to come alongside you and fill in those gaps to ensure your children acquire many of life’s most basic but useful skills.

If you are interested in Skill Trek, you can use the coupon code: MODESTMOM to save 10% off, through September 7th only! That code saves you on monthly or yearly subscription plans!

This post contains affiliate links and was sponsored by Skill Trek. All opinions are strictly my own. 

 

 

 

 

Do Not Bow To The Gender Idol

Somewhere along the way it has become a crime to say there are inherent differences between a man and a woman.

And it has happened in my lifetime.

Another evidence of this just recently cropped up in the news. A senior engineer from Google wrote a company memo suggesting, among other things, “that men and women biologically differ in many ways.” He went on to suggest that these biological differences, though small, contribute to different strengths and weaknesses in men and women.

He said that “women on average, have more openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas. Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than things…These two differences in part explain why women relatively prefer jobs in social or artistic areas.”

This man ended up being fired by Google for “perpetuating gender stereotypes.”

What a sad world we live in.

For centuries it was a given that there are clear differences between men and women that contribute to clear differences in their strengths and weaknesses. Now it’s considered shameful to acknowledge this. Now everyone must bow before the altar of gender equality. This man refused (or forgot?) to and it cost him his job, maybe his career.

So there are real and present consequences for asserting that there are substantive differences between men and women. Does that mean we have to go along with it? Absolutely not.

To be sure, there’s a fiery furnace of sorts that awaits those who openly maintain a clear distinction between sexes (and the furnace grows hotter when you say that this distinction was purposefully designed by God). The good news is that just as this same God supported Shadrach, Mishach, and Abednego for not bowing before the idol of their day, so he is willing to support those who refuse to bow before the idol of gender equality. This is not to say that we will not endure ridicule, or the loss of our job, or worse, but as long as we remain faithful, especially in the midst of the fire, God will be faithful to help us in all our troubles.

What’s the alternative? Should we begin to pretend that, generally speaking, men and women don’t look, act, or think different than one another? Should I treat everyone I meet like a man? Or a women? Actually, if gender distinctions don’t exist, what are we all supposed to be? Have the powers that be decided that yet?

I really don’t care if they have or if they ever do. I am a woman and I feel privileged to be so. I will raise my daughters to cultivate the virtues of womanhood. I will raise my sons to cultivate the virtues of manhood; and I will raise both of them to embrace the differences between men and women and to rejoice in the God that made them. It should not be a shameful thing to acknowledge the peculiar strengths and weaknesses which men or a women possess respectively; God ordained it so and we should not try to pretend otherwise.

What if we acknowledged that men generally (please, I beg of you, don’t forget I just said generally) are stronger than women, and there are certain jobs they just are better suited for. When you drive by construction jobs, why on average do you see more men out there working then women?

Why can’t we accept that women can be (on average, generally speaking!), much more relationship minded, which makes them more suited for certain jobs? We women love connecting with people, and we are good at talking through what we feel.

These are not signs of weaknesses. They are not something to hide away and feel ashamed of.

When the world begins to lose site of who created them, which is God, the perspective of what God created men and women to be gradually disappears.

Stand strong, Christian families. Look to the godly examples we have been given and teach your children to strive after those godly traits. Encourage your boys to be men, teaching them about Moses, David, Joshua, and Noah, how these men stood strong at times, and how they gave into temptations and what happened. Teach your girls about Eve, Ruth, Mary the mother of Jesus, the Proverbs 31 woman, and help them learn from the lives of these women.

Each of these men and women had very important, but very different, roles to play in the kingdom of God. Notice also that these roles were not interchangeable. Moses clearly could not have filled the role of Mary, nor could Mary have filled the role of Moses. They each had unique calling that were suited to their unique abilities as men and women.

The world is quickly changing, but that doesn’t mean the ways of God are changing. His truths are unchangeable, unshakeable, and they endure to the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House!

I know it depends on the area that you live in, but here in Missouri the housing market is really crazy right now. A house can be put on the market and go under contract within 24 hours! Obviously this makes purchasing a house pretty stressful. You have to look at a house and decide right away if you like it enough to put an offer on it.

How Our Cover Letter Helped Us Buy Our House

 

When we looked at the house that we ended up buying, it was the same day that it had been put on the market. We went over that evening, and ended up being there with another couple and their realtor the whole evening. We stayed over an hour, looking, talking, thinking, and talking with our realtor some more. We could tell the other couple was going to put an offer on the house, but we told our realtor we needed to go home and sleep on it, and pray. We ended up calling him first thing the next morning and said we wanted to put an offer on it. Because of the interest in the house, he suggested we write a cover letter that would be submitted along with our offer, for the owner of the house to read.

That cover letter ended up being a huge part of how we got the house!

My husband wrote the cover letter, and here is what he said:

Hello!

My family has been looking for a house to buy for several years now and we’re very excited to be putting an offer on this particular house!

(We then put this photo in the letter so they could see our family)

We’ve been living in a rental home with less than 1000 square feet of living space and one tiny bathroom for 4 years now. This might now be so bad, but we’re a young family with 6 children ages 13-2. As you can imagine, we’ve been a little cramped. We have looked and looked for a home with the combination of space inside and outside that our growing family needs. We’ve found a lot of large houses with small cars, or small, poorly kept houses on large properties. Then there’s the issue of the neighborhood the house is in.

Imagine how amazed we were by how quite and peaceful it was as we walked in and around your home! It has more than enough room for our family, and our children immediately fell in love with the yard (they loved the long driveway in the back! Bike riding!). What’s more, when we looked at the house online, we discovered that it’s just adjacent to some very dear friends of ours; in fact the yards nearly touch! Our children quickly discovered this and were running around with their friends. It was a wonderful scene.

There are so many reasons why we would love to be able to purchase your home, but these are a few of the most important ones. In short, my family has patiently endured a cramped living space while I returned to college to finish up my degree. My wife and I have looked high and low for the property that would meet our needs and be a blessing to our growing family. Not only would your home do this, but it would serve as just the sort of ‘thank you’ I was hoping to offer my family in exchange for their patience and sacrifice over the past 4 years. Thank you for considering our offer!

Sincerely,

Sean Allen

As you can see, the letter contained personal information. We have a large family, we’ve been in a super small space for 4 years, my husband was in college which explained why we were in a rental house….and then it also touched on why we loved the house we wanted to buy.

There ended up being around 5 offers put on this house, but we won the bid and the realtor said it was because of our cover letter! The lady that was selling this house wanted a large family to buy the house and we definitely fit that description! We ended up meeting her and she even mentioned our cover letter and how much she liked it. Obviously our offer had to be comparable with the other offers given, though we have no way of knowing that for sure.

If you have your heart set on purchasing a house, take a little extra time to write up a cover letter to submit with your offer! It might just be the tipping point to guarantee that you win the bid!

Here are five tips to consider when writing your cover letter.

  1. Make it personal. Introduce your family and give some sort of personal information. Help the home owner visualize your family and how you could fit into their home. Even though they will be selling their home and moving on, many people are concerned with who will next be living in “their house” and if they will take care of it. Give the owner assurance that you are not buying this house just to flip it, you are a real family who wants to move in and love this house.
  2. Inclue a photo of your family! This is super helpful for the homeowner to visualize what your family looks like. If you have little children, they might just fall in love with home. 🙂
  3. Tell them what stands out about the actual house. Why do you like it, and why would it be perfect for your family?
  4. Talk about the location of this house. If you are buying a house it has to be in the right location for your job, church, school, etc. Let the sellers know why you need to buy a house in this exact area.
  5. Finally, be as respectful and considerate as you can be! You are not demanding to purchase this house, you are letting the seller get to know your family. You can’t demand someone to be friends with you, nor can you demand someone sells their house to you. Write your letter, pray, send it off, and pray some more!

Like I said above, this is just one step in the whole complicated process of buying a house, but it’s a step I’m so glad we didn’t overlook!