Thursday, January 19, 2012

Home Goals 2012

Back in October, Jules of Pancakes & French Fries, inspired by the William Morris quote above, embarked on a one month project to declutter, organize and beautify her living space. I watched enviously as she hung photos, organized closets, declutter side boards, painted trim and purged books, and I looked around our space and thought,  "I could do that".  Emphasis on could! Well, January is upon us, Jules has decided to commit to a year of "William Morrising" (is that a word?) and has invited her followers and lurkers (me) to join in.  So, here we go!  We moved into this house ten years ago and have done very little to improve it's livability. Don't get me wrong, it's a very liveable house ... in fact, it looks quite lived in, which is the problem.  I'm tired of looking for gloves and books and tape and lego instructions, because the house isn't organized.  I'd like to sit in our family room at night and not look around at the mess that isn't tidied because it doesn't have anywhere to go.

Jules started with a list, which inspired me to start with a list.  A big list. I had no idea the list would be this big!  Many items on the list are long term and lofty (very long term and very lofty) goals, but you never know.  One day we may hit the jackpot, or receive a mystery inheritance, both of which are highly unlikely and I'd never wish anyone to pass in order for me to get a new kitchen.

I will attempt to do something from the list, or related to something on the list weekly!

Here's my list! 

Master Bedroom:

1. Paint master bedroom a calming colour (maybe …)
2. Purge closet and dressers
3. Install closet organizer
4. Replace carpet in master bedroom
5. Clear surfaces of clutter
6. New window treatments (any window treatments)
7. New blinds
8. New duvet cover (maybe this one)
9. Art over bed
10. Hang art on window wall and over dresser
11. New carpet

Ensuite Bathroom:

1. Demolition (a year ago)
2. New floor
3. New shower
4. New toilet
5. New sink and vanity
6. Paint calming blue … spa like
7. New mirror
8. Buy new, matching towels

Main Bathroom:

1. Paint
2. Re-tile tub & shower
3. New sink & vanity
4. New toilet
5. New flooring
6. Buy new, matching towels

Powder Room:

1. Paint
2. New flooring
3. New toilet
4. New sink (maybe this one)
5. New mirror
7. Buy new matching towels

Laundry Room:

1. Move stacking washer/dryer to be side by side
2. Install counter over top washer/dryer
3. Remove old sink/cabinet
4. Install shelving on east facing wall
5. Clear room of things that don't belong there (stroller … J. is 5!)
6. Organize shallow (but wide) closet … sporting gear, ironing board, vacuum, summer shoes, hiking boots.
7. Paint cheery colour
8. Hang fun "laundry" artwork
9. Install rack/bar for drying laundry (a task currently assigned to the office)

Linen closet:

1. Empty and organize
2. Buy baskets for soaps, shower gels


1. Paint relaxing colour
2. New carpet
3. Create filing system
4. Organize desk top and loose paper
5. Organize bookshelves … craft supplies, computer supplies
6. New artwork

Family Room:

1. Carpet
2. New sectional sofa
3. Mount tv on wall
4. Construct built-in shelves, etc on tv wall (something like this ... but no fireplace)
5. Build shelves on back wall ??
6. Paint
7. Update family gallery wall
8. New art


1. Complete remodel - new cabinets, countertops, floors
2. Take down wall between kitchen & dining room
3. Close in sliding glass door to back yard.
3. New oven & cook top
4. New dishwasher

And, as I'm anticipating that this kitchen remodel won't happen anytime soon ...

1. Empty and clean all cupboards & drawers
2. Put loose items (sugar, oats, tea, rice, etc) in jars from IKEA.
3. Purge spices and put in new spice jars with labels
4. Make spice jar labels
5. Organize Tupperware cupboard ... If there isn't a matching lid & bottom it goes.
6. Organize loose utensil drawers
7. Move Jacob's cups down low so that he can get his own glass of water!

Dining Room

1. New dining room set
2. New hutch ... or?
3. Tear up carpet ... install hardwood.
4. Replace sliding glass door with French doors

Living Room

1. Tear up carpet ... install hardwood
2. Find starburst mirror for above fireplace
3. Style piano top display

Jacob's room

1. Paint ... Blue (grey) with red stripe
2. New duvet cover (dinosaurs)
3. Clean out toys & books
4. New carpet
5. New shelves (IKEA?) for books, toys, etc.
6. Put up the bunk bed.

Spare room

1. New carpet
2. Purge, purge, purge
3. Reorganize closet
4. Replace queen bed with sofa bed


1. Empty and purge items no longer being used.
2. Buy large containers for flour, sugar, oats, etc.
3. Buy wire shelves & under shelf baskets
4. Buy small deep freeze
5. Organize shelves
6. Put healthy snacks on a low shelf for Jacob

Crawl Space
This space takes up the entire space under our kitchen and dining room and it is FULL! A lot of the things under here belong there, like Christmas decorations, baby stuff (we may have another), suitcases, camping gear. And a lot of the things don't belong there, like my sister-in-law's old stuff, broken toys, old books.  


Linking up to the William Morris Project at Pancakes and French Fries! 


  1. Good for you! You an do it. Once you put something on paper and commit to it, it's like lighting a fire under you bum. Thank you so much for linking up and joining me on this adventure! :)

    1. Thanks Jules! It feels great to have it all down on paper, though now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed with where to start. I am a champion procrastinator, so this will be a good exercise for me!

  2. I felt a million times better just for having made my list. It's motivation enough to want to start checking things off. Good luck!

    1. It did feel good to write the list! It was way longer than I was expecting it to be though! Put a couple of things on there that I'd already done ... for the satisfaction of checking it off!

  3. Hi, just stopping over form Jule's blog. Whatta list!! I like that you have a lot of small, do-able projects among the big ones.

    1. It's quite the list isn't it? The ultimate dream is the kitchen ... sigh!

  4. Hi! Stopping by from Jules' WMP. One of my big goals for this year is to find a place for everything in the house. My list turned out a lot longer that I ever thought it would be. It felt really good to get it completed. Best of luck with yours!

    1. Thanks Monica! Finding a place for everything would be a dream! I'm so tired of moving stuff from a shelf, to a countertop, to the stairs because I don't know what to do with it!