It’s hard to believe that Mr. Smith and I have spent three Januarys in this house!
Three COLD Januarys. (Unfortunately, we’re still a few years away from installing central heat.)
Whenever I want to feel outrageously overwhelmed, I simply think about all of the projects we have left to finish on our fixer-upper.
And whenever I want to feel encouraged about the milestones we’ve met in our fixer-upper, I make a list of what we’ve accomplish so far in the year. I will admit that 2012 was not our most productive year, but the projects we did complete have made a significant impact on the simplicity of our daily lives.
Project #1: Clean out and Remove “The Dreaded Shed”
Cleaned out, tore down, hauled off. Good riddance.
Project #2: Sand and Paint Furniture
Newly painted furniture means we finally have a place for all of this:
Project #3: Develop and Maintain an Herb and Vegetable Garden
Okay, so maybe homegrown tomatoes aren’t necessarily a house project. But come on…HOMEGROWN TOMATOES!
Project #4: Remove View-Blocking Kitchen Cabinets
More space, more light, more better.
Project #5: Install Wainscoting in Kitchen and Downstairs Bathroom
Not a necessity, but what an instant facelift! (I still have some painting to finish, though…)
Project #6: Install New Lighting in Kitchen and Downstairs Bathroom
Now we can have dinner by candlelight because we want to, not because we have to.
Project #7: Replace Bedroom Carpet
It was such a relief to get rid of that grimy, old carpet. For a while there, I felt like we were sleeping in a cheap hotel room.
Project #8: Hang Something, I Mean, Anything on the Walls
Most of the frames are empty, but at least they are on the walls instead of in boxes.
Project #9: Buy a New Mattress
Wow!!! What a difference a newer, larger mattress makes. No more aches and pains, no more fighting for space.
It feels good to have furniture, a good night’s sleep, a clean and functional backyard and more light.
Here’s to even more improvements in 2013! Starting with replacing the windows, replacing the kitchen counters, installing new floors, hanging curtains……