Tuesday, January 8, 2013

2013 Goals: Organized laundry shelves

The laundry room.

A room in a constant state of mess in my house.  Laundry, wet shoes, coats, and frankly, cat food, all grace the floors in my laundry room on a fairly regular basis.

I wish I could have a lovely laundry room like the ones Sarah Richardson does:

Sarah Richardson
But I don't and likely never will, at least while we're in this house.  My laundry room is quite small.  More than a closet, but not quite a room.  It serves its purpose, but it does need some help!

The laundry room sees its fair share of random items that really have no other place to go.  The previous owners didn't do much to our house in the short time they lived here, but they did install a set of white wire shelves that are out of the way -- around the corner -- so they're not visible unless you're standing by the laundry machines.

We had so much stuff crammed on these little shelves that I'm embarrassed to show you.  Actually, I just started ripping things down before I thought "maybe I should take a before picture!".  :)

There wasn't much to look at before and not that much to look at after, but it makes me happy to see the labeled bins.  It also makes me happy that one of my 2013 home goals has started!  Even though it's just one little space, progress is a good thing!

I bought some bins at Target, labeled them with my label maker (to the left) and just some cardstock and ribbon below.

This room could use a paint job and a new light fixture and some more shelving, but for now, at least I can find some things on those clutter catching shelves!  

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Favorite Projects of 2012

My blog is still a baby, but I still have some favorite projects and parties that I did get done in 2012.

The Basement.

Our basement renovation was by far the biggest project of 2012.  It took months of planning, building, working, and painting.

From the built-in bookcases,

To the stair remodel,

To just making the space more functional,

We poured our hearts and time into that project for months, but it was more than worth it.  Now we have a family space to live, play and spend time together.

Tyson's 3rd Birthday Party

I loved this party and so did he.  He's still asking to do another "Doug digger" party for his birthday this year.

Quinn's 1st Birthday Party

A sweet bumblebee party for my darling baby girl.

Painted Union Jack Rug 

I had envisioned this rug for a while, but when it actually turned out the way I thought it would, I was thrilled!  It's held up great for the last six or so months.

Tyson's Big Boy Room

It took a while to finish, but I am thrilled with the final result.  He loves it too!

If my 2013 goal list gets done in any way, I'll have lots more projects to share in the coming year!

I'm linking up!

Savvy Southern Style

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

2013 Home Goals

Hi Friends!  Happy New Year!

Wow, it's been a long time since I've blogged.  :blushes with embarrassment:

Like many of you, December was a busy but fun month.  We went to and hosted way too many parties, spent lots of time with our babies, enjoyed quite a bit of family time and even had our first two (big!) snowfalls.  Oh, and we both worked in there too.  I feel like I've been on a month-long whirlwind!  Despite all of the busyness, it was so fun to experience Christmas through the eyes of my children.  I'm grateful for January's arrival and for things to slow down a bit.

I'm ready to move on (and find the time!) to complete some home and party-related goals for 2013.

1.  Revitalize our fireplace.

Our fireplace looks very similar to the one below, except our brick is redder.  This project has been tossed around for a while, but I'm hoping to actually do something about it.  And soon.  I'm pretty sure we'll be using the basics of Layla's tutorial:

Source: The Lettered Cottage

2.  Finish our home office.

Even though we moved into our house six years ago, the office (on the main floor) has continued to fall by the wayside as far as projects go.  I'm ready to get it done and organized!  It's going to be quite the project -- including built-in bookcases, but since we've tackled built-ins before, I'm confident we can do it again.  I'm hoping to start this project in March.

3.  Wrap up the basement.

Last year was the big year for our basement and while it's functional and pretty much finished we still have a few little projects to tackle.  Those little projects include hanging some art on the walls, ordering prints of pictures and touching up paint in a few spots.  You know, the stuff that gets put on the back burner after you endured a long renovation.

4.  Organize our spaces.

I know this is a New Year's Resolution for many, but items have a tendency to get stashed in our house.  I need to do a better job of finding homes for items instead of stashing them.  Yesterday put us off to a good start with organizing our Christmas decorations!

5.  Redo the kid's bathroom.

I have ideas flowing, but I just need to buy the paint and make it happen.

6.  Finish the projects I start.

I'm pretty bad about this, but when I commit to something and buy the supplies, I need to finish it!

7.  Big Girl Room.

This makes me happy and sad at the same time.  Our baby girl will be two in May and I'm guessing that a big girl room isn't far behind.  We already have her bed, but it will need to be painted and I'm sure some new bedding and accessories will be necessary too :)

8.  Closet organizers for the kids' closets.

Our kids have nice walk-in closets in their rooms but there is no organization in them.  We need to make a better space plan for both of them and get it executed.  Clutter is starting to overwhelm us all!

9.  Plan a joint birthday party.

My kids have birthdays 11 days apart.  While it was fun hosting two birthday parties in two weeks, I think we're going to go all-out on one big birthday bash for both of them this year.  I have some ideas in mind and if I can pull it off, it's going to be a lot of fun!

10.  Paint our kitchen cabinets.

This is a big one and another idea we've been tossing around for a while.  I'd say out of all of the items on our list, this is the least likely to get done, but I really want to do it.

Phew.  That is one long list, but I am hopeful that I can get some of these projects tackled in the new year!

What are your home goals for 2013?