2016 Great Big Massive To-Do List

abstract-home-sweet-home-cartoon-drawing-by-children-3899We own a home. There are a lot of projects and general up-keep associated with home ownership and these are the projects in particular that I’d like to accomplish this year (or at least keep on my radar…). Most of the items on this list were published in individual posts in December 2015 and early January of 2016. Items that were added to the list later are green. Items that have been completed are struck out. Items that were removed from the list for one reason or another are in red and struck out.

  1. The Kitchen
    • Build out window trim so drapes and drapery rod can be removed.
    • Move light on eating side of kitchen so that it is actually centered over the table.
    • Move old microwave cart back into kitchen. Move toaster oven to sit on cart and store extra-large pots and pans in bottom. Store kitchen linens in drawer.
    • Add sliders to lower kitchen cabinets.
    • Organize under the sink and make space for a recycling bin.
    • Get or make a vertical towel rod to store roll of paper towels.
    • Get or make vertical spinner to store garbage bags.
    • Finally frame and hang posters on kitchen walls. Consider other wall art.
    • Paint inside of pantry and install strip lights. Possibly replace wire shelves with wooden shelves.
    • Replace garbage can with something more aesthetically appealing.
    • Declutter drawers and cabinets; line with shelf liner from IKEA (non-skid, slightly cushioned)
    • Replace child-locks on cabinet doors.
  2. The Master Bedroom
    • Majorly organize and declutter.
    • Paint wall behind bed (black, chalkboard paint).
    • Hang prints.
    • Re-wire and paint lamps, install on nightstands.
    • Figure out how both nightstands can be the same height, without exactly matching.
    • Find a rug (or two) for under the bed.
    • Have bed frame powder coated.
    • Replace clothes hampers with something visually appealing.
    • Slightly re-arrange dressers.
    • Try to fix veneer on dressers.
    • Move big armchair into bedroom. Make a slipcover.
    • Organize and declutter closet.
    • Build out trim around windows.
    • Replace hollow-core doors with something more substantial.
  3. Master Bathroom
    • Maintain a regular cleaning routine.
    • Re-caulk shower
    • Re-caulk around sinks and vanity.
    • Move chair into bathroom.
    • Major declutter and organization of vanity.
    • Replace child (cat) proof locks on doors.
    • Replace toilet seat.
  4. The Living Room
    • Build out trim around windows.
    • Remove blinds from back door and replace with adhesive window vinyl.
    • Slipcover wing chair.
    • Find a second wing chair, slipcover and place beside 1st in front of fireplace.
    • Replace spotlight over fireplace.
    • Find a better rug for in front of fireplace.
    • Move overstuffed armchair to bedroom.
    • Find smaller pair of chairs for living room seating area.
    • Organize bookshelf and entertainment stand.
  5. The Entry Hall and Dining Room
    • Finish fixing narrow strips of flooring along hall baseboard.
    • Hang prints/paintings in hall.
    • Add a shelf to entry closet.
    • Majorly declutter and organize closet.
    • Build out window trim and remove drapes.
    • Build or buy a new dining table (we need a larger table).
    • Find a rug for dining room.
    • Replace door handles on corner cupboard.
    • Consider additional wall art for dining area.
  6. The Sewing Nook
    • Hang hooks under bookcase
    • Move microwave cupboard to kitchen, find a place to store craft materials currently stored within
    • Finish table top to sewing machine table, bring into nook where microwave cabinet stood
    • Organize bookshelves and sewing patterns
    • Finish hanging wall art
    • Take down folding table and figure out storage options for those items
    • Deep clean, declutter and reorganize desk area
    • Make space functional and comfortable
    • Generally figure out how to best organize sewing supplies between this nook and the spare bedroom
    • Create design walls
  7. The Office
    • Majorly clean, declutter and organize.
    • Replace carpet with wood flooring.
    • Paint and possibly do some massive furniture moving/creating/rebuilding.
    • Generally make it a more habitable place to be.
  8. The Back Hall and Guest Bathroom
    • Replace closet and bathroom doors.
    • Replace floor and shower tile.
    • Pull-out and replace vanity, sink and mirror.
    • Replace medicine cabinet.
    • Replace shower fixtures.
    • Possibly replace bathtub.
    • Remove and replace towel bars.
    • Paint walls.
    • Replace baseboard.
    • Declutter and majorly organize hall closets. Possibly add a shelf to at least one closet.
    • Hang pictures and artwork.
  9. The Guest Bedroom
    • Majorly clean, declutter, and organize.
    • Replace carpet with wood flooring.
    • Settle on an actual plan for the room and commit to making it happen.
  10. The Backyard & Patio
    • Mow regularly.
    • Keep patio tidy and make it a space that we want to use.
    • Figure out how to get rid of the damn blackberry vines that take over everything.
    • Possibly re-sod or re-seed or just put down something that isn’t 80% weeds.
  11. The Garage
    • Majorly clean, declutter and organize.
    • Replace wooden steps to crawl space.
    • Add another appliance outlet; shuffle things to make this happen.
    • Create a nice laundry space.
    • Make it possible to pull at least one car in if necessary.