Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Let's get a little real as we start the new year.  I've got secrets to share and they aren't pretty.  I'm coming clean about some things I need to fix.  Maybe if I list them here, it will motivate me to make changes and get things done before year's end.  I'm not including pictures yet because to see them all in one blog post would be, well, embarrassing.  There are a lot of projects that need to be done around here and a few projects that I would like to do but aren't as necessary.  If I can get even half of these done...a third of these done...even one or two of these done, I would be happy.   Do I have hope that I can do it?  Sure, there's always hope.  Am I confident that I will do it?  No way.  Did you see my 2012 best projects post?  That's because there wasn't one.  That's because I didn't do any projects this past year.  Oh wait, there's one; my big huge industrial chalkboard but that's it.  

So here's what I would like to accomplish this year (sorry it's kind of wordy):

  1. stairs: we have nasty carpet on our stairs and I would like to take it off and paint them.  Two years ago (yes, TWO YEARS ago), we took the carpet off the first two steps to see what the wooden stairs underneath looked like.  It's been two years since then folks.  I was that disappointed.
  2. garage: what garage?  It is a storage warehouse and filled to the brim. We have never had a car in our garage because there is no room.  I've got to change that.  You would be shocked to see what's in there.  That space (and thankfully only that space) could be on "Hoarders".  Hopefully there are no dead anythings.
  3. entry closet: we never use it.  I have no idea what's even in there but my husband says it's full.  I want to clean it out, put up shelves and make it a second pantry to store small appliances, etc.  That would free up so much room in our kitchen.
  4. tornado room: there's a great story behind this room but I'll save it until I post about it's redo.  This should be an easy one to accomplish.  Fingers crossed.
  5. master bedroom: it's time to freshen up this room.  I've got everything I need to do it except paint...and the will to start it.  It's going to be a lot of work.  
  6. master bath:  Technically, it's not a health hazard but it's a mess.  No offense to homebuilders or homebuilding designers but one of them is an idiot to put carpet in a master bath.  It needs to come up.  I also need to pick up my clothes I often throw on the floor in a pile even though there's a HUGE walk in closet two steps away.  I have ideas for this room too and all the stuff I need to do it except paint and that dang will to start again. 
  7. redoing main bath/updating: this one isn't a must but I would like to change it up a bit.  There's nothing wrong with it.  It's just been a few years since it was done. DONE!
  8. painting kitchen cabinets: This will never happen.  Remember that will to start thing?  I don't even want to think about how much work is involved.
  9. redo office: We did the office about 3 years ago in the style my husband wanted.  It had a lot of green and a lot of wood.  It was a bit manly let's say but nice.  It was so nice that my son slowly started taking in his music equipment bit by bit and before we knew it, the office became his recording studio.  Do you know how neat and tidy and careful young teenage boys are?  Let's just say the office isn't so nice anymore.  My son has moved his equipment to his room upstairs now so the office is ready to become our home office again.  Yes, I have everything I need for this room too and I might have the will to do it.  I just need to pick a paint color.
  10. laundry room, upstairs tv room, guest room:  there are little projects I would like to do in these rooms.
So, that's my "to do" list of projects I want to do in 2013.  I've already completed one project already and it's not even on the list and it's only the 2nd day of the new year.  Here it is!

I moved this plant from the kitchen bar....

and put it on this cute stool next to the front door.
 It was a little bit of work because it's kind of heavy.
 Sorry the pictures aren't better and that I don't have a tutorial.
You have to start somewhere, right?
Any words of wisdom? motivational speeches?
financial incentives? fun advice?


  1. Oh my! You have a big To Do list for the year. I am being much easier on myself. I have been creative 2 days in a row this year and hope to keep it up.

    Good luck.

    Oh, I love the little stool with the plant.

  2. I am doing a congratulatory cheer for you in moving that plant! First off, it looks adorable in its new spot and is probably loving the daylight! Second, I can totally relate to how much it TOOK just to get it done! I think this is because sometimes our to-do lists are so over-whelming, we actually become paralyzed when we recognize the sheer volume of work that lies ahead. I don't have anything particularly motivating to share, but I did want to say I'm pullin' for ya!

  3. you had me at tornado room....
    i feel like you are channeling my life with this list!
    happy new year!

  4. Congratulations. I would probably have been on Pinterest looking for a tutorial on how to move that plant. You have quite a list there. I think I would take the project that seems the easiest and start there. Once you get rolling it will probably be easier to move on to other things, but definitely don't look at that whole list, cause if you do you will probably just be in bed under the covers with a good book :)
    Good Luck,

  5. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

    Good for you! You have inspired me to make my own list!

  6. you have got a LIST, girlfriend! I felt like this was my list, 2 years ago. I believe in you!

  7. So impressed with your to-do list and your blog!! I knew you were talented but had no idea how talented!!

  8. You are so funny! Just take baby steps and don't overwhelm yourself. Actually, typing that all out is more than I want to do : )


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