Here we go! (Hold me.)
For those who are new here, a bit of a background. A very close friend lost both her parents in June due to sudden illnesses. We were shocked. We are still shocked. After the memorials, after the thank you cards, and after everyone left, my friend started clearing out her family home. The clean up process has been sobering. This month is about making sure that everything in my home abides by the famous William Morris quote.
Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.
Because as much as I loved my friend’s parents, they didn’t.
This project is, of course, inspired by The Nester’s annual 31 days series. I can’t believe I’m doing this. I mean, I’m really excited to started purging, decluttering, organizing, and even beautifying areas of my home that are long overdue, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous that I bit off more than I can chew. Right now, the anticipation outweighs the concern, probably because I haven’t blogged in days and missed being here in this space of ours. Also, I have a plan of attack, or at least a list of potential projects to remind me of everything I can work on around the house. Working on your house can be a lot like summer vacation for a seven year old. A bunch of foot dragging and moaning that this is boring and there is nothing to do.
I’m going to tell myself what I told Mikey in July: There is always something to do.
Here is my proof.
- Professionally clean rug in family room.
- Professionally clean sofa and chair.
- Purge and organize makeup drawer.
- Purge and organize boys’ bathroom vanity.
- Purge and organize wrapping paper.
- Purge and organize entry closet.
- Purge and organize linen closet.
- Purge and organize Mikey’s bedroom closet.
- Purge and organize Mikey’s shoe drawer.
- Purge and organize Nicholas’s bedroom closet.
- Purge and organize the Mister’s bedroom closet.
- Clean and condition a red leather purse.
- Organize laundry room; strip wallpaper, paint, and construct shelves if time and budget permits.
- Purge and organize pantry; repaint doors and buy new pulls if time and budget permits.
- Purge and organize spice cabinet.
- Purge and organize desk.
- Purge and organize video and game cabinet.
- Purge books; create central storing system if time and budget allows for the construction of a west wing.
- Purge and organize studio in the backyard.
- Purge and organize toys in the boys’ rooms.
- Paint toe kick in the kitchen.
- Putty and paint window trim/molding in kitchen.
- Replace curtains in kitchen, perhaps with simple shades.
- Repaint kitchen.
- Repaint living/dinging room. (Part ii.)
- Touch up paint on the vanity in the pink bathroom.
- Clean and purge kitchen cabinet above refrigerator.
- Clean and purge drawer under kitchen range.
- Clean and purge two bottom drawers under kitchen range.
- Clean kitchen cabinet exteriors.
- Clean and purge two crazy-messy drawers under the silverware drawer.
- Clean and purge sink cabinet, cookie sheet cabinet, and two small appliance cabinets.
- Purge table linens.
- Paint and decorate yellow guest bath, included removing wallpaper.
- Install baseboards in yellow guest bath.
- Organize photos.
- Scrape and re-caulk kitchen counters.
- Sell sideboard/buffet in dining room.
- Sell dining room table.
- Buy new dining table.
- Buy new dining chairs.
- Repair, reupholster vintage chairs in garage.
- Repair and refinish vintage end table.
- Blow up one vintage family picture, hang it.
- Hang photos on walls. Better yet, hang something on the walls. Anything!
Obviously I won’t be able to finish everything. Some items on this list will take me days to complete, and this list isn’t even complete! I know I’m forgetting a few things, so I will update as they come to me. The list is long so that I have options. In the event I don’t feel like upending a drawer, I can look through family pictures and not feel pressure to adhere to a small and tight list. I’m a girl who needs wiggle room.
So, what do you think? Did I forget something?