Gotta love January. This is the time of year when I get all inspired and make a trillion lists and think I can DO IT ALL! Emma and I will sit down and talk about how this will be our fittest year yet and we’ll live off juiced kale and we’ll put aside money so we can travel and we’ll just be WINNING at life in general. So while I’m on this high I like to set goals for the house renovations I plan to tackle throughout the year. That way, when winter comes and all I want to do is curl up in a burrito of blankets watching Netflix and eating Timtams for 3 months, I’ll have the weight of our yearly goals hanging over me, driving me on.
Plus now I’ll also have the weight of the internet judging me. Alrighty. Let’s do this!
1. Loose ends.
I have two almost finished bedrooms and I really need to pull my finger out and FINISH THEM ALREADY. Then I can mentally be done with those rooms and move on to a new room. Plus I also want to show you a hundred photos of the Media Wall (which I’m still so proud of!) but that involves moving the toys/kids/dogs out of the Family Room to take pictures.
2. Cleaning out the shed.
It’s been almost 5 years since I cleaned my shed. Wow, that was embarrassing to write. I mean, I do tidy it once in a while, but it’s been years since I took everything out of it and cleaned it top to bottom before putting everything back where it belongs. I have so much stuff stored in there I can hardly get to my tools any more. The main problems are the furniture waiting to be renovated and the stacks of wood that I don’t have a good way to store. So I really need to empty it all out, clean everything and then implement better storage for things as I put everything back. Cleaning my shed probably won’t make for terribly exciting blogging but it’s got to be done. Bare with me!
(This is the current state of my workbench. You know the walk of atonement in Game Of Thrones, with the woman ringing a cowbell and chanting SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! Yeah, that’s how I feel about my shed at the moment.)
3. Build a “bike shed”.
We need an undercover area to store the kids’ bikes and scooters. I have a severe lack of money to put towards this so I’ll have to make something that’s CHEAP. But classy cheap, not gross cheap.
(On one side of our yard we have this super stylish area I like to think of as The Graveyard. It’s where outdoor toys go to die. We just pile the “bodies” up until our yearly verge collection. I’m hoping that when we have a bike shed there will be far less outdoor toys ending up in The Graveyard.)
4. Kitchen mini-makeover.
I love our kitchen but I’ve gotten to a point where I’m convinced that every single drawer and cupboard isn’t being fully utilized. We have loads of wasted cupboard space and yet our benchtops are almost full with stuff. There must be a better way! This is probably the one thing on my list I’m most excited about. The plastic tubs are overflowing and I swear we have twice as many lids than tubs. And just wait till you see the hot mess we call our pantry. I have BIG PLANS for the pantry.
(Here we have our plastic containers cupboard. I could literally fit all 3 of our kids in this cupboard (and have) it’s that huge. But instead of maximising this huge space, we just fling the tubs in any old where. Big space and I still struggle to find the tub I’m looking for.)
5. Master Bedroom makeover.
In the very near future, for the first time in 7 years, we won’t have a baby sleeping in our bedroom. So at last it’s time to focus on creating a room just for us (and by “us” I mean “me” – sorry Em, we’re not having a TV in the bedroom!). Our bedroom is beige, dark and cramped with outdated furniture and I’m ready for a complete overhaul.
So that’s the plan. I’m well aware that life gets in the way of plans so I won’t be devastated if I don’t tick it all off my list, but at least I know the direction I want to go in.
I’d love to know what your house goals are this year. Is it a long list or just one main thing? Am I trying to tackle too much (with 3 kids) or can I do MORE??