Nothing takes the wind out of “New Year, New Me” sails like a good bout of flu/virus/contagion. I was pretty much out of commission for four days this week, but still made a teeny bit of progress for the $100 room challenge in the form of online shopping/planning. (To catch up, read all about the challenge in my week 1 post here.)
With only $100 to spend, every dollar needs to be accounted for. So I spent a couple of hours scouring the interwebz for the best, most inexpensive options for the things I need. Here’s what I’m shopping for, as a reminder:
- 1/2 gallon of paint (Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams)
- Storage bins for the bathroom closet overhaul
- Lazy susan for cleaning supplies
- Small decorative shelf
- Plant hanger + other decor
And here’s roughly where my budget looks to be going, after doing some shopping:
- 1/2 gallon of paint (Marshmallow by Sherwin Williams) $14
- Storage bins for the bathroom closet overhaul $48
- Lazy susan for cleaning supplies $14
- Small decorative shelf $12
- Remaining decor: $12
- Total: $100
Whewwww squeezin in pretty tight there! I wasn’t expecting to spend $50 just on storage bins. Why are they so danged expensive? (Or are they actually very moderately priced, but a tiny budget makes them seem expensive? We may never know.) I searched my favorite cheap sources – Amazon, Target, and Ikea. Here’s what I want: white, solid or mostly solid, plastic bins that maximize the space in our closet. I really thought Amazon would pull through with some inexpensive options but found the opposite to be true – all of the options there that were comparable in quality to what I found at Ikea or Target were actually more expensive.
I’m deciding between these…
Thoughts? Comments? Magical sources for inexpensive, white, plastic (wipeable!), bins for bathroom storage? Ideas on what to do with a $12 decor budget?
Also, since I’ve gotten some questions on the art – both posters are from El Cosmico, but the elephant/Ganesh one is discontinued. And the small pink fire station photo is one I took from our Marfa trip last year – the full post on that is here, if you’re interested, and you can download the print here.
Check out the other participants below! Ta-ta for now. See ya next week.