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New Years Resolutions


Well, I’ve been living in my house for about 10 months now. We’ve done a lot of work, and I’ve learned so very much. Funny how things change. Last year my biggest resolution was to read 12 books in 12 months. I successfully read 13 — even though I didn’t start until May!! Can you believe with everything I’ve had going on this year I was still able to do that?  Looking forward, I’ve decided to put together a New Year’s Resolution list for my home in 2013.

amyroxyResolution #1: Enjoy my home more.

Isn’t that strange? Those of us who are in a constant state of renovation can relate to this. Sometimes, I’m so busy with my to-do list, that I forget to just take time to ENJOY the work I’ve put into the house. So, this year I’m going to make an effort to just enjoy living where I live, rather than being a crazy DIY’er every second of every day of the year. It WOULD be nice to sleep in on a Saturday, or watch tv without gluing pennies to mesh backing to finish my floor, or cook a meal for myself without getting distracted and trying to scrub the 50 years of smut & grease off the cabinets.  Or read a book and take a bubble bath more than twice a year…. ohhhh bubble bath how I’ve missed you!

Resolution #2: Set up a chore chart.

I started doing this toward the middle of December, and I think it’s a really good idea for me. Instead of running around like a crazy person whenever I have someone over, I’m going to try to do my “chores” every week — just like I did for an allowance every Thursday of my childhood. Since I live alone, there are certain things that don’t need to be cleaned weekly, but since I have pets there are certain things that need to be done 2-3 times per week. I’m going to scope out a good way to organize my chores each week, so I can stay on top of things and feel more relaxed. I think this resolution will also help me with my first: to enjoy my home more.

Resolution #3: Maximum of 2 projects at a time.

Recently, I realized that I have way to many projects going on at once. It can be quite overwhelming at times — trying to figure out where to spend my time. I end up just getting discouraged and feeling like nothing is really getting done. Right now, I have the following projects in full-swing:

  • Kitchen renovation (4 parts left): installation of countertop, custom backsplash tile, new sink, and laying out a new bar/seating area.
    The countertop is actually installed — but it was installed incorrectly. This put a HUGE snag in my plan. Now, I can’t finish the tile, or secure the sink. While I have a countertop to prep food on, the space is really just in limbo until the new counter can be installed — which may take another 6 weeks. Many lessons learned on this one… 
  • Finishing my penny tile floor.
    I’m about 2/3 of the way done with the floor. I ended up stopping work on the floor because my dad wanted to tackle the shifting of the cabinets in the kitchen reno. Because of that, I really just got behind with the pennies. With Christmas coming, I ended up taking over the Roxy room turned Art Room as a wrapping station — which really put a damper on having space to make the penny floor.
  • Painting (and decorating) the walls of the basement.
    I decided to start this because Sherwin Williams had a paint sale. I had just finished tackling the basement steps, and thought it would be nice to finish up the whole thing and make it brighter and cheerier. I ended up getting the first wall you see when you come down the steps done, but then I ran out of steam. Now there are 6 unfinished walls and all of the ibeams, poles, and trim to do.
  • Fixing the wall mount TV.
    This just kind of popped up, but the cables behind the wall in my living room got scrunched or twisted somehow after I had help installing a wall mounted system for my TV. I started troubleshooting the problem, and bought all the necessary wiring to fix the problem, but just haven’t had the time to make the adjustments.
  • Light for steps in basement.
    The light is purchased, but the electrical hasn’t been run yet. It would be nice to be able to see where I’m going when carrying a load of laundry, but because of my extreme “currently doing” list, I just can’t finish this up.

I’m sure there are more I’m forgetting, but as you can see I have my hands full. Personally, I feel like 2 projects going at once is ideal for me — as long as they are the RIGHT projects. In 2013 I will try to balance things by having 1 project that someone is helping me with and another that I can do on my own when they aren’t available.

This kid's picnic table was made from a single pallet! I bet my nephew would be happy if I choose this project!
This kid’s picnic table was made from a single pallet! I bet my nephew would be happy if I choose this project!

Resolution #4: Build 1 Piece of Furniture

This year I’ve decided I’d like to build 1 piece of furniture all on my own. I’m not sure what yet, but maybe a picnic table, kitchen island, or a farmhouse table… I just want to learn the process, and prove to myself that I CAN do it. I think I’d really enjoy it. I follow Ana White’s blog, and she is amazing. Her website has 100’s of free furniture plans and they are organized according to skill level (I will definitely be picking from the “Starter Projects” section). Everything is really detailed and she gives a lot of great advice. I hope to build more than just one piece… but we’ll see how I do first 🙂


Lots to get done and lots to look forward to in 2013. What are your home resolutions?

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