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You might’ve noticed last post (or in some other gushing-about-my-love-for-making-list-post along the way) that I love making lists and getting organized. I also love New Year’s for the push to do just that.
I also have a really unfinished house.
I feel like we’ve spent the last four months making our new house into a blank slate (well, minus the untouched spaces that still require total overhauls [ahem, both bathrooms]). It’s actually turning out better than I’d anticipated, but there are unfinished projects, blank space, and bare walls everywhere.
So what’s a list making, year planning, decor loving girl to do? Make a plan, of course, for how some of those bare walls and empty nooks and unfinished projects are going to get finished up this year.
My plan is to tackle one project a week.
I’ve been working on my list of
fifty-two forty-five projects (so I can still add a few as I go- the unabridged version is below).
I am trying to mix big projects (aka- ’tile the kitchen backsplash’) with small projects (aka- ‘art to hang above Piper’s bed’) so that they balance each other out. There are also classically busy months, like December, where my creative energy is usually focused on things like gingerbread houses and handmade gifts, so I’m trying to keep that in mind as well.
I’m also really excited to get started- I keep waffling on where to start because I’m so excited about all of the projects. I’ll definitely keep you posted on our progress!
Are you a list maker? Do any of you want to join me in the list-making-and-project-planning?
ps- For those of you itching for the customized planner how-to, it’s coming! Maybe early next week-ish? I’m trying to retrace my steps and the printing/assembly was a little tricky. But, like I said, it’s coming. 🙂
Lindsay Gaines says
I love this idea! I had thought about doing a 52 week Pinterest Challenge. Your house is gorgeous.
What a great idea. Pretty sure mine might turn into that (a pinterest challenge- haha). 🙂
Oh bless your heart. You can TOTALLY do it, but wow. It’s just like eating an elephant, one bite at a time. 🙂
Actually, I was just thinking this week about how in my LTC days I did a project a week for 2 years, and blogged tuts for them all. Just taking it one week at a time was key for me.
So glad it’s only 45 for now too, you know you will think of things as you go! Can’t wait to hear all about and see the progress. You have such a gorgeous blank slate now!
I love the phrase ‘bless your heart.’ Translation- oh dear gracious. 🙂
And we’ll see if it actually happens- fingers crossed. Looking around to try to figure it all out at once is completely overwhelming (and I don’t love rooms that I choose everything at once because it ends up being a very specific snapshot of my taste/preferences). So hopefully this way things actually get done, they aren’t completely metallic/geometric prints/aqua (or whatever else I’d choose right this minute). 🙂 I’ll keep you posted. 🙂
Nikki @ Outnumbered says
this is a really genius idea.
we’ve been living in our home for a year and a half and have had a pile of picture frames on our bedroom floor for approximately the same amount of time.
one project a week seems like a great way to tackle all the projects floating around in my head without getting toooo overwhelmed! brilliant.
Nikki- I can totally relate (there were rooms in my old house that I never really finished!). I am hoping that this one project a week thing means that some of the projects get done , and that the slow-and-steady approach makes the whole house feel more finished. 🙂
love this idea. I think I’ll try it! thank you
Ann- I love it! Maybe we can email back and forth as we finish projects up??? 😉
I was thinking a similar thing, but doing a DIY a day. Not a completely finished DIY because that would be hard and I wouldn’t be able to make anything awesome and quality, but if I work on something every day, I think that’s a good goal ^_^
Oh my goodness, you are going to be BUSY. And PRODUCTIVE! 🙂
I can totally relate- just moved last year and have the same forever to do list. I did my goal as a room a month for the year…here’s to hoping we both can get our houses completed!
Shannon, what a great idea!
We’ve lived in the house for 4 months too, and I am not even close on ANY of my rooms. Though, not sure I could finish any of them up in a month. 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you finish! 🙂