We've lived in this house for a little more than a year now, which is shocking to me. A year?! Surely not. If we'd really lived here for a year, it would be completely put together and magazine-worthy by now, obviously.
I am learning that putting a home together is a long and expensive process. When we moved in, I was pregnant and it was hot and I had no energy. Then I wasn't pregnant anymore, but we had a newborn and I had no energy or spare brain space. Now we don't have a newborn (now we have a super fun giggly baby!) and I have a teeny bit of extra brain space that I am starting to devote to the inside of our house.
There is so much to do in this house, inside and out, that it is quite overwhelming to me at times. And I'm learning when I'm facing a gigantic project like an ENTIRE HOUSE and its JUNGLE OF A BACKYARD, I have to pick something small and dive in. Otherwise I just fret and fret about how there is SO MUCH TO DO, and then I never do anything. (This was the idea behind my monthly goals a few years ago. Apparently this is a lesson I need to keep relearning.)
So last week, I dove in. I found some cute deck chairs at Target on sale, which inspired me. I bought two, then sent Chris to Ikea to pick up a couple of these shelving units. I cleaned up our patio, put my pots and garden tools on the shelves, and stuck those chairs out there. Before, our patio was nothing more than a dumping ground for outside-ish related things, with no seating and a lovely view of our weed forest. Now it's got some nice chairs to look at the forest and a swing for Joey. It's not much, but it's a start.
We'll probably put a fire pit out there in a few months. Maybe a pretty outdoor rug and some rope lights under the deck. And next summer, I will tackle the weeds with a vengeance. Turns out the key I've been missing is mulch, and armed with that knowledge, I will wrestle my yard into submission. And along the way, I will learn to be okay with the in progress look.
I was buoyed by my success and the re-realization that small goals work for me, and I came up with a plan: one month, one room. Really it's just a house-specific version of my resolved project. Each month I will pick a room and do my best to get it lookin' good. Obviously, there are going to be some things that can't be done in just a month because of time and money restrictions. I won't be buying a new guest bed or drywalling the basement as part of this. But I think 30 days and about a hundred bucks will be enough to upgrade each room from "we moved in and this is where we dropped the furniture" to "I put some thought into this."
My August project is the guest room. It's a fine room, but a bit lackluster and badly needing a new paint job. My ultimate master list for that room is:
- a clock for nightstand
- cover for the box spring
- nicer, bigger lamp(s)
- new bedding
- paint the trim white
- replace the overhead light fixture
- repair the dresser drawer
- paint the dresser
- new dresser hardware
- paint walls
- hang art
- paint or stain the nightstand
- make or buy a headboard
- hooks on door?
- replace the Ikea chair I've had since college with something a little nicer, a little less cat-scratched
We'll see how much I get done! I have no illusions that I'll get all of it. Some of them will be very easy and very inexpensive, and those are what I'm hoping to get accomplished in August. Anything else will be a really exciting bonus. I'm collecting ideas and inspiration on Pinterest and I'm excited to see where everything ends up!