Thursday, January 6, 2011

2011 Home Resolutions

2010 was a year of change and reflection in our condo. I started out feeling really negative as we neared the five-year mark of living here... the point at which it was always in the "plan" to sell it and buy a house. But with the market not making any real improvements, we'll be here awhile. And I kicked and screamed a bit, but then made peace. And with that peace came renewal of the spirit of our house. I started making changes, tweaking things, reimagining spaces, and ended up with a more open living room, a cute little playroom and a closet turned mudroom that I still find genius every time I walk in or out the door.

So what's on deck for 2011? My new year's resolution for my home is to keep improving it and continue to settle in and learn to love it. I want to experiment with some new things and breathe a little new energy into our house this year. I want to use every inch of space, for S to love his cozy home, for us to make great memories between these walls. For us to live a simple, happy, bright and colorful life. This year, I want to be cleaner and more organized at home too. I want to fix up some of the things that are falling into disrepair, and make sure our home is clean and well-maintained.

So what's on the 2011 list of changes? Well, we need to tackle touching up our kitchen trim. We were supposed to do that A YEAR ago when we got new flooring. It is time! Here's the official list (of course, I'll probably add and subtract as the year goes on):

-paint the shoe molding in our entry way
-paint kitchen trim
-touch up kitchen cabinets
-put in a kitchen backsplash
-wash the kitchen walls and maybe touch up the kitchen paint. Since it's red, there are some areas that are kind of streaky
-organize the laundry room
-get carpets cleaned
-maybe change up our entertainment center, or revamp it to give it a more "built in" look
-purchase and hang curtains in the living room. I want to hang them kind of high up to give the illusion of higher ceilings
-paint bifold doors in the hallway white and get new knobs (I have always wanted ones from Anthropologie. Maybe this year I'll actually buy some!)
-do something about the dark black shade in S's room. It's a necessity for sleeping, but it's kind of an eyesore, and we often don't bother to pull it up when it's not in use. I'm thinking maybe a cute design, like stars and a moon or something, might make it more appropriate for a kid's bedroom
-repair carpet in master bedroom entry (or get a cute runner to cover up the kitty damage)
-get new curtains for the master bedroom
-maybe repaint the master? I go back and forth on this all the time. I love the orange, but sometimes I hate it too
-completely gut the master bath (someday I swear we'll do this!) or come up with some kind of makeshift solution to make it more habitable
-paint all other doors
-new knobs or spraypainted knobs for all other doors
-the deck! I want to completely change our deck for next summer, and actually USE it! I'm thinking a new outdoor light fixture, maybe an outdoor rug, new furniture, some portable outdoor toys like a sandbox and a mini tabletop firepit.

That's all I can think of at the moment, but I'm sure other ideas will come to me. Another small project I want to tackle? Taking new photos for this blog! I got a new camera for Christmas and I think it'll make for much nicer photos. Hopefully I'll be tackling that soon


  1. Good luck with these goals....Thanks for sharing!!!! Sometimes a condo sounds nice....less yard work!!!! Enjoy making your house a home!!!!

  2. Sounds like quite a list. I'd love to be redoing our Master Bath, but that's a job that definitely isn't happening this year.