12 Things to Accomplish in 2012

29 Jan

Trying to break down our house wish to do list into something manageable is something we struggle with. We tend to have ADD when it comes to accomplishing house projects- although our old house sort of makes us that way! It’s super hard for us to completely finish one project before moving on to the next, often it’s because each project we tackle reveals the need for another project. Take our entryway for example- we just wanted to install the baseboards, but the horribly un-even slate tile made that so hard that we decided to rip it out and re-tile it. That is why, nearly 2 years after starting this project, we are STILL replacing all the trim work in the house. It is so hard for me to even see the light at the end of the tunnel… although I think we might actually make it there this year. Key word: might.

Here’s everything major (in no particular order) we plan hope to accomplish in the coming year (and if we get through half the list we can call it a success!):

  • Finish the baseboards (this includes: ordering, installing, puttying, sanding, and painting 4 bedrooms and their closets, the dining room, the kitchen, the laundry room, the pantry; this does not include the 3 bathrooms that need to be re-tiled- yup that darn slate)
  • Paint touch ups
  • Build in washer and dryer
  • Build “lockers” for mudroom space off the kitchen
  • Fix the stairs and finish painting everything white
  • New carpet in the 3 bedrooms and the stairs
  • Trim out bedroom closet openings
  • Insulate the garage
  • Fix garage vent
  • Replace porch stairs before we fall through them
  • Replace our mailbox before it falls off the stand
  • Paint exterior portion of windows and doors

While the house funds build back up after the kitchen, we’ll probably be tackling some smaller projects first and our priorities may change as 2012 gets underway but we’ll try to keep you updated along the way. Check out our new “To Do List” tab at the top of the site (next to “About”) for a quick glimpse at how we’re doing…

Any bets on how much we’ll get accomplished? Or how distracted we’ll get along the way? 🙂


2 Responses to “12 Things to Accomplish in 2012”


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