When a lovely gent working on behalf of Moneysupermarket waved £50 in front of me and asked if I fancied taking part in the Room for Improvement campaign I was unlikely to say no. You can find more details about this fab idea here however in a nutshell a select few were asked to titivate an area, redo a room or perhaps renovate a piece of furniture with just £50. The focus of the project was to show what you can actually achieve on a budget.
With £50 at my disposal my first thought was to do something for the boys, or Roy or the kitchen perhaps however it was my the long suffering husband who put his foot down and said I was to use it for something just for me for a change. With this in mind I decided to breathe some new life into my office.
I work as a freelance writer from home and seem to spend a ridiculous amount of time at my desk which as it happens is the one area of the house that has never been paid a lot of attention, until now.
Small changes have made a heck of a difference!
My first purchase was for £20 and is this fabulous solid (and actually very comfortable) desk chair:
I adore the idea of having an older piece of furniture with a bit of history to it in my home.
Next up was Rymans where I found this faux leather desk tidy. It is bigger than it looks and has helped to clear up space on the desk.
Off to Wilkinsons where I found these fabulous frames which I’ve filled with writer-related and motivational quotes, all of which make me smile!
To the right of the desk you’ll see my water glass and carafe (Jamie Oliver) which is made from recycled jam jars. These cost me £0 as I used some Kenco coffee reward points to treat myself.
Flowers are a must and this jar used to have rice in it but has now been repurposed. The lovely flowers were given to me by a lovely friend.
After all of this I had £6.01 left so bought a memo block, hardback notebook and this extremely used “Things to do” pad from Wilkinsons once again.
This left me with 3p which I have put into my shrapnel jar; pennies make pounds you know! Am I pleased with the transformation? Thrilled would be a better description and I’m glad Roy convinced me that I wanted to do something just for me. With a bit of shopping around and re-using I think I’ve created a much more practical, motivating and quite frankly gorgeous work space for myself.
What do you think?
Whenever I take on a project like this I always set a strict budget because firstly it keeps the spending under control and secondly, I feel it gets the imagination going!
*I was provided with £50 to take part in this challenge – thanks Moneysupermarket!
The Swagbucks challenge is coming to an end today. A sneaky peak of the league tables (and other people’s posts etc) makes it clear that I will not be bagging the £250 prize for the most points accrued. That said I have still built enough for £35 of Amazon vouchers in a short time and will very little effort to be fair. If I’m being very honest had I not been so busy over the past month work-wise I could have made more but a few clicks here, a couple of surveys, watching some videos and a couple of spacial offers later and I have enough for stocking fillers for the boys, a new slow cooker for me (mine disappeared during our house move…. I’m aghast!) or something extra for Roy.
The most enjoyed “bucks” have been those that have hit the account through my doing nothing. Others who have joined up via my referral link (below) and gone on to earn swagbucks themselves have helped me earn too. What a bonus!
Anyway – if you fancy earning a little extra for yourself then do give Swagbucks a go. I must dash, I have a few hours of this challenge left!
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