I’m feeling like it’s time to revisit those goals we shared at the beginning of the year and just see how we are doing. That’s healthy and adult of me right!? Well, the last six months we have definitely made some progress and we are quickly learning that it’s hard to do this gig with five kids and no outside childcare. I mean….school definitely helps but we still have little ones at home full time and so that limits our ability to get things done. I think we are quickly learning that right around age FOUR the kids get a smidge easier so we only have three more years to go :/ Not that I want to wish this baby stage away….don’t get me wrong….I love love love the babies….but I also really like things getting done. So if this list isn’t done in 2018, just expect it to be close to completion in 2022 🙂
THE LAUNDRY ROOM
Hooray us! We are super proud of our accomplishment in this room! We tackled our laundry room with a mini makeover this year and it turned out great. Obviously we would LOVE to have a bigger laundry space (having a laundry SORTING STATION is my dream!) but overall, we did improve the functionality and storage in here and that was a big plus. You can read all about that makeover in this post. Consider this checked off the list!
Sweet baby girl is waiting so patiently for her nursery. I think she has been so happy in our room that we hesitated to transfer her. Also there is some smidge of ‘holding onto those last baby vibes’ in me that doesn’t want her to do be in her own room yet. But I’m getting there. I’m doing a lot of moodboards for my sweet cupcake and I’m leaning toward a boho floral sparkling magic peaceful vibe. That totally makes sense right?!
The kitchen was a monster job and I really have so much to still share about the transformation. I think Jeremy and I have been on the fence about our table and we need to fix the end of our island and then we will feel like this is 110% done. But overall – it’s complete in our minds. We have touch ups to tackle too….but yeah. Put this bad boy in the DONE column. Click here to see all the before and afters.
I told you guys that I wanted to do the foyer and I was contemplating having the floors refinished. Well they are done and I just need ONE piece of furniture built before I can share this space! That’s it! One! I’m confident that this room will make it in 2018.
LITTLE BOYS ROOM
Honestly I just need to go in here and take some photos and get it on the blog. It’s pure laziness that I haven’t shared it yet. Also the ceiling fan is super duper high and it doesn’t work so I thought I should replace it before the reveal. It’s always the one little thing that holds up the whole train.
We started the closets – the big boys closet to be exact and it was torture. PURE TORTURE. Clothing was everywhere. The racks were hard for me to visualize. It took me five trips to get the sizes right. Organization isn’t my strength y’all. But in other closets I have tried….barely. I ordered a bazillion hangers for Ella’s clothing but then got major anxiety doing her closet so I stalled. The light bulb also went out and it felt like a sign. All the closets are a source of major major stress for me so I just close the door and pray that nothing collapses inside. It’s still on the list because I know it needs to be done but it doesn’t mean I like them.
I told you guys about our garage but we keep on having projects going on in here which makes it hard to actually DO the garage itself. I think this is gonna be one of those blitz projects where we do everything last minute. Here is what is on the list :
- install better lighting
- buff and polish the floors
- clean the whole dang thing
- come up with better assembly areas/tool zones
MINI MASTER HALLWAY
I haven’t technically started this one but I did buy all the materials for it. That has to count for something, right!? Here is my to do list :
- wallpaper the walls
- buy a door for Jeremy’s closet
- frost the bathroom doors
The living room is FINALLY coming together. I am checking this one off the list for now but be aware that the coffee table and side tables are gonna get tweaked and my only goal for 2018 is to put some pictures in those frames. You know the ones. Check out the full living room reveal here.
I promised that we were looking for ways to make that fence better and we nailed it! Figuratively and literally 🙂
Here are the other things on our list :
- paint the court to make it look less pink
- install adjustable basketball hoops
- clean up the retaining wall
- build some shaded area
- do some pruning/landscaping
- include some storage for kids stuff
We gave the basement bedroom a big fat juicy makeover and it still is one of my favorite spaces! It’s super plush and I love every single thing in there. We have had a guest in here who said the room was a fancy hotel….which is honestly the best compliment because that is exactly what I wanted to make it like for guests! Check out the entire makeover here.
I promised this would be the year….um…let’s see when the kids go back to school!
THE MONROE HOUSE
We have had major progress in this one area and it’s honestly the biggest time and money consumer right now in our lives. So what have we been up to?
- roof (click here to read about that)
- demo almost done
- interior framing almost done
- asbestos and lead CLEARED!
- plans approved by Historic Preservation Committee
- still to do for 2018 :
- all exterior demo
- all exterior siding (here is the post where we talked about that)
- all brickwork repair
- window and door installation
- rough in of electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling
It’s definitely one of those projects that is a work-in-progress but we are hoping to get one of those rooms in the Monroe House done for 2018 so at least we can take the kids over there. Right now we can’t let them in but the interior stuff will go so much faster when they can have a SAFE and clean space inside to play! Also – we wanted to let you all know that we met with a very sweet lady who used to live here as a child and she was so generous to give us copies of old family photos that have the house in the background. She had info on original doors and windows and even the front porch and fireplaces. It was BEYOND helpful and we are actually changing some small details to go back to original items (I guess this means we are gonna need to meet with the Historic Preservation Committee again!). Either way – I wanted to tell you because I know some of you are equally invested in this home!
So that’s our roundup of things we did and did not get done so far this year. How have y’all been doing on your list? Any one out there get all their 2018 goal projects done already? I feel like I am not productive in November and December so I have a solid four months to get to work! I figure if I don’t get it all done…it’s not the end of the world because the list is long…but so far, I am loving the progress 🙂