Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2012 Home Goals

I posted my 2012 goals earlier this month, but when I saw that one of my favorite bloggers, The Nester, was hosting a Home Goals link party, I decided to play along.  While my home is far from perfect, I love it and I love to spend time working on it.  My hope is that by writing down these goals, I will have something to work towards and to check back on as the year goes by.
I think my mantra, buzz word, theme, whatever-you-want-to-call-it for 2012 is:
I wish I opened the doors onto the "hidden spaces" of my home and they looked something like this.

Unfortunately, they look the exact opposite of that lovely picture.  I'm pretty good at keeping the main areas of my home somewhat neat, but anything behind closed doors is usually a complete disaster. 
Don't believe me?  Here are some of my problem areas.  I can't believe I'm sharing my dirty little secrets!
The Linen/Toy Closet

 The Laundry/Mud/Junk/Dog Food Room

The Pantry

Oh my goodness!  Those areas looks even worse in photos...yikes!  As my life gets busier and busier, the only way that I can stay sane is to be organized.  First, I want to purge these areas and then come up with an organizational system to help me keep the areas tidy.  I definitely want to make labels for things so that everything has a place and everyone knows where that place is.
Beyond organizing, there are a few unfinished projects that need finishing up.  Let's go room by room.
Chloe's Room
Last year, the two oldest girls decided they no longer wanted to share a bedroom, so we converted our office into a bedroom for Chloe.  This room remains half-finished half-a-year later.

  • Finish curtains
  • Find a rug
Kayla's Room

  •  Kayla wants a loft bed to free up some floor space in her room.  We will probably purchase this for her birthday in July.
  • Looks like I have some curtains that need to be finished here too!
  • Paint room.
  • Find some wall decor/art.
Mary's Room
  •  Convert from baby room to big-girl room.
  • I will have lots more to share on this transformation next week!
Living Room
  •  Finish painting living room Benjamin Moore Gray Owl that I started in the entry.
  • Repaint all trim white.
  • Purchase large jute rug.
  • I work from home.  Currently my "workspace" is a table shoved in the living room. I need to create a better work space for myself.  This includes purchasing an Expedit bookcase from Ikea where I can keep my files and office supplies easily accessible and organized (there's that word again!).

  •  Hide TV components.
  • Put some pretty accessories on the TV stand.
  • The niche is a constant sore spot.  Find pretty fabric to cover painting or repaint.  Accessorize this area.

Back Hallway
  •  Paint door black and repaint white trim. 
  • Paint walls Gray Owl.
Dining Room

  • Table runner.
  • Art flanking mirror.
  • Roman shades on French doors.
  • Continue painting walls Gray Owl.
I'm not ready to show this room!  The master bedroom has suffered since we had to move our office into this room.  It seems cramped, cluttered and just messy!  It is definitely the "dumping ground" of my home.  If I need to hide something, I just throw it in our bedroom.  My husband is in sales and doesn't have a real office to go to, so his work stuff ends up in the bedroom too. 
  • Decluttering is a must in here!
  • Window treatments.
  • Decorate wall above bed.
  • New bedding.
  • Replace carpet with wood floors (depending on budget).
Kids' Bathroom

  • Paint side of vanity (actually repaint b/c I didn't sand well enough initially and the paint peeled off...oops!).
  • Install knobs on drawers.


Lisa Scibilia said...

Suzy, working on your girls rooms will be so fun! Kids' rooms are my favorite to decorate. Look forward to watching your projects come together this year! I know you will conquer your organizational goals!

Maury said...

Wow! You're ambitious! This is going to be a busy year but I can't wait to see what you do!

Lisa @ Trapped In North Jersey said...

wow, that's ambitious! I would love to sit down and make up a list, but it looks like we are moving.

elizabeth@themustardceiling said...

Oh my goodness Suzy, you're going to be busy! I can't wait to see your projects this year. I need to organize too...I can't stand visible clutter, so my closets are about to take off!

Claire said...

Hi found you at the nester's-good luck with your goals too! Stop on by to visit!!

Karah @ thespacebetweenblog said...

I have to admit, the pics of your closets made me chuckle! I too dream of your inspiration pics! A few blog friends and I introduced a new challenge idea Monday and it would be so fun if you want to join. If you have a second, check in at http://thespacebetweenblog.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/imagine-the-impossibilities-challenge/ to learn more, and feel free to email me if you have any questions!
Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

Sherry said...

I love your inspiration picture of the closet. I dream of that too.
I look forward to seeing you finish your projects. I'll be cheering you on :)
Sherry's Bees Nest

My Crafty Home-Life said...

This is going to be good! Looking forward to it. Good luck

Holly said...

Good luck - now that you have it all written down it'll be nice for you to be able to go back and cross things off. I can't wait to see what you have planned for Mary's room. And at least you have big storage areas to stuff things - we don't have much of that which is a big negative (thank goodness for our basement). I really like the look of your "office" but I can see where you need it to be more functional - it's certainly pretty!

Revi said...

SO nice to know I'm not the only one!

Kellie Collis said...

Sounds like a great plan! Looking forward to the "after" pictures! Enjoy the fabulous day, Kellie xx

Dixie Sargent Redmond said...

I love when people show their real closets. Good for you - you've got great before shots! ;-) Just doing that gets you on my blog list on my links blog. :-)

Olga@Stardust-Decor&Style said...

Wow! It seems you have a lot to do for 2012... and 2013! LOL!
Love, Olga

Lisa - A Room with A View said...

Thank you for sharing..this looks like a typical list in most homes (I have seen a lot). I am sure you will be checking off your list in a very organized manner before long. I do look forward to seeing all the progress.

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