Easy DIY Drawer Dividers

We have been doing a lot of projects on our new house and this wasn’t the first, but it is one of my favorites. As my friends well know, I have a soft spot for kitchen gadgets and I work in a place where I can sometimes get some deals on them so I have a substantial collection.

The kitchen has four big, wide drawers and I filled one of them with utensils and gadgets. Unfortunately, they were just big and open and impossible to keep straight. Ever since I found this post on Pinterest, I knew what I had to do. Read more

Update

This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series House Hunting

I know I haven’t posted in way too long. We got the house! We are moved in and everything is going well. We have made several updates that I hope to be posting about soon.

Between moving and the holidays, things have been very busy. We hosted Thanksgiving for some of our immediate family just three weeks after closing on the house. A month later we hosted the Christmas party for his mom’s side of the family. Crazy? Yes, but it was really fun and proved that the house can easily take a crowd. We truly hope that this will be a home regularly filled with family and friends.

Updates, modifications, and maintenance to the house have been an ongoing project. We have done a few little projects but have many more to go. We walked through the house room by room with a notebook. Each room has a page and we listed all long and short-term projects we would like to do for each room. It is a bit daunting to say the least. Most of the projects require more funding than we have now. Mostly, we are waiting for some warmer temperatures to get started. It should be exciting!

Busy, busy, busy

This entry is part 10 of 11 in the series House Hunting

This week has been extremely busy. Thankfully, I had already taken it as a vacation week from work because I had to use up time, so the timing is perfect.

We talked to the lender and are in the process of signing paperwork. We talked to our insurance agent and are getting quotes. Our lender, realtor, insurance agent, and inspector are all talking amongst themselves. Hopefully, the title companies are in there somewhere too. We have had to make several calls to verify details and put together our team, but mostly they have handles the worst of it for us. Thankfully, everyone working for us is really great and things seem to be going surprisingly smoothly. Read more

Accepted!

This entry is part 9 of 11 in the series House Hunting

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Friday was an extremely stressful day. We had our offer in Thursday night, but word came there was another offer that was higher. We upped ours, but theirs was still higher. So, we upped ours again to the top of our range. Theirs was still about $5000 higher at the asking price. However, we have a conventional mortgage and they have an FHA, which is a lot more hassle. Read more

Finally-An Offer

This entry is part 8 of 11 in the series House Hunting

Last night we put in an offer on a house! It is actually the house from this post. I know we had decided against it, but we just couldn’t stop thinking about it and comparing everything else to it. Yes, the bedrooms are small, but we won’t be living in the bedrooms. The living area is huge and it has great storage. So, who wants to see pictures? Read more

Another One

This entry is part 6 of 11 in the series House Hunting

We looked at another house. It was in a nice neighborhood and it was big enough. Most of the rooms were nice sized, except the kitchen. The kitchen needed to be gutted and expanded through the dining room, which would then be moved to the living area (with a fireplace) next to it. It would be really pretty fabulous when completed, but a lot of work and money. Read more

Maybe…but no

This entry is part 5 of 11 in the series House Hunting

We looked at a house last week. Twice. It was really nice. It had most of what we wanted and the price could probably be negotiated into our range. Unfortunately, the layout was a bit odd. The bedrooms and closets were small. Upstairs had sloped ceilings, making it much less useful. The basement had great potential to make up for it, but in the end I couldn’t figure out where to put the pantry or any unrefrigerated food on the same floor as the kitchen. That was the straw that broke the camel’s back. Maybe we will come back to this one, but it seems unlikely. We are looking at one or two more tonight.

House Hunting-The Reset

This entry is part 4 of 11 in the series House Hunting

Things have been interesting, yet mostly uneventful on the house-hunting front. We had to renew our lease until the end of November, so now we have a bit more time to find something. Hopefully, that is enough. Also, after a bit of looking we have a new team of realtors that we are very happy with.

We took a little vacation from looking at houses, but the search resumed Monday with three more interesting candidates. Read more