At the start of every new year, people make resolutions for themselves. I think its funner to make resolutions for my home. They’re much easier to achieve! I have way more motivation to work on house than myself. And besides, my home gives so much to me, that its nice to give back to it.
I love my house so much. Seeing this picture that I took on the day that we looked at this house makes me fall in love with it all over again. It looks a bit different now. My husband immediately dug up the overgrown shrubs in the front yard. They were large and prickly. Thorny rose bushes and a holly bush blocked the water spigot. The electric meter man had to fight his way through a hydrangea bush that never bloomed. So they’re gone, leaving barren patches of soil that my dog loves to dig in. This year, I want to make the yard pretty again, which means lots of planting. Many of our house resolutions and goals are for the outside. The outside of our home is the whole reason why we bought this place!
Outside house resolutions
- Front yard flower bed planted and mulched
- Paint shutters (possibly build new ones)
- Bigger pond or water feature
- Drainage by the garage. We get a lake every time it rains.
- Organize the garage. This is partly done, but still needs work.
- Stain deck. We built a huge deck last year and the pressure treated wood needed time to cure.
- Stain outdoor table. Same as the deck.
- Build table for deck. Our summer is spent out here so it would be nice to have a place to eat and have drinks.
- Finish treehouse. Big source of guilt for us. The treehouse is awesome but unfinished and unfurnished.
- Turn shed into chicken house. We have a weird shed behind the house that could possibly be a lovely chicken house.
- Back patio. This might not happen this year, but my husband has been on Youtube a lot, which means trouble.
So the house is pretty on the outside, but the inside is far from a dream house. There’s no master bath. We barely have a closet. Some stuff would be harder to change, like my desire for more windows, or low ceiling height. I’ve done a ton of work in here, but there’s always more!
Inside house resolutions
- Finish my daughter’s room. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!
- Kid’s bathroom. This should start soon.
- Finish rest of basement. Half is finished, the rest needs to be divided into rooms.
- Wallpaper hallway. This is the only area that still has the creamy not-white paint from 1988.
- Help son organize his room. When we moved in, everything got unpacked without purpose. His room is still like that. Eventually he will get a room in the basement. (It’s a walk-out so it’s not as bad as it sounds.)
- Take the sunroom back from the dog. She is a very chewy puppy, so to minimize damage, she sleeps in the sunroom. She hates her crate. I wish she liked it more.
- *cough*craft room*cough* It’s so scary.
- Reupholstery projects.
Overall house resolutions
- Take more chances. I often eye the “fun” tile, but shy away from it. I am dying for wallpaper despite spending over 75 hours removing it from my home. We have no plans for moving, so why worry about resale value?
- Curb appeal. The house is still pretty, but it needs some love. We’ve spent a lot of time “un-doing” and its time to “do.”
- Keep the disaster areas a little more limited. With renovations, we always have an area that is “OMG! This place is a hazard!”
Personal growth resolutions
- Upholstery. Get good at it. I know basics, but I would like to get better. I have the tools, so nothing is stopping me now.
- Building. It’s so much fun and I’m so in love with it. It’s like crafting times a million. I want to explore ways to make stuff even cheaper, but still look impressive.
- Blogging. I blogged years ago, but stopped when I had my daughter. Now that I’m back at it, I realize how much I’ve missed it. Blogging is very motivating to KEEP GOING! Do it for the blog!
- Learning. I love learning and miss my college classes so much. I want to learn SketchUp and InkScape. I guess it would help if I learn how to use my new computer first….
Do you make resolutions for your home or self? I always do, even if it’s quietly to myself. New beginnings are so exciting!
I’ll be back next week, hopefully with lots of progress on my daughter’s room to show. Happy New Year!