It’s coming up on two years since we moved into our current home. It was a short sale, so while we got it for a good price, there was plenty we wanted to change in it. (Be gone, cheap ass carpet! 1) This is hot, humid Florida and 2) I have a pool, along with pets and a kid that are biologically driven to crap up the carpet.)
It depresses me at times to think about how true my husband’s prediction at the closing is proving. He gave it five years to get the house where we really wanted it. At the time I scoffed since I knew what we were capable of when highly motivated. We had our last house updated and ready to sell in TWO WEEKS- BOOYAH!
Granted, home improvement motivation totally went to shit during this past year, but I now think making our house the haven I want it to be for our family might prove therapeutic.
It’s my next book to read in the car line at my son’s school, so I’ll keep you posted on how it is.
As part of my “home into haven therapy”, I made room by room lists of what still needs done, as well as determining whether we’ll be doing it or hiring someone. I’ll be honest, my love of DIY is a bit fickle. I love the sense of satisfaction DIY can provide, but if I could, I’d probably pay someone to do 75% of the shit on my lists. Well I would if I could convince my “Why pay someone when I can do it myself” husband that family fun days are better spent at the beach than doing home renovations…
In the meantime, I plan to go through my lists each month and pick a few projects to complete. My big one for September is finally painting the master bedroom. I don’t really mind painting, but it’s taken me forever to pick a color. That the walls need a lot of repair work thanks to the previous owners’ brilliant idea to half-ass remove the wallpaper border from around the center of the room, half-ass spackle over the area, then paint the walls like nothing ever happened. So now I have to sand walls, retexture them (or maybe just sand them smooth from top to bottom- would that be crazy?), and paint.
Then again, picking up some things for the house from Ikea is also on my list. And a crowded Saturday there still sounds more fun than painting that room…
Above is the project list I made for myself to track to-dos for each room. I have a binder I keep them in, along with samples and inspiration. If you’d like to have this form for yourself, just click on the image for a printable PDF file. It’s a free download, but if you wanted to help paint my bedroom as a ‘thank you’, I’d totally be down for that.
(Full disclosure: Those links for Gretchen Rubin’s books connect to my Amazon Associate account. If, like, 100 of you bought the books, it might cover what I paid for them. But if like 10,000 of you bought them, I could pay someone to paint my bedroom. Just sayin’.)