Wednesday, January 9, 2013

My Home Goals for 2013

Last week, I blogged about trying to set reachable goals for myself this year, and I'd like to carry that theme along with me as I plan my Home Goals for 2013. Realistically. I don't do many large-scale DIY jobs as funds for extra projects are slim, and I don't have sponsors from Lowe's or IKEA or Michaels. But I'm always fascinated to read what other people have planned for their homes and their personal lives, so I figured why not lay out my own little checklist here on the blog? These are my Home Goals for 2013:
Home Goals for 2013 {Realistically} from Serenity Now

1. Continue Operation Update Family Room
Family Room in Progress...Serenity Now blog

I love my thrifted end tables, IKEA coffee table, and spray painted hand-me-down lamps, but the room needs some more work. I'm still collecting pieces for a large scale gallery wall, and I'm considering using some of the blog money I've saved to purchase a wall-mounted TV. This would mean saying good-bye and repurposing my TV armoire, which I use for seasonal decorating...but it would open the space up more, and I think I could use a dresser as a media console for storage. 

Still need to:
Put the slipcover on the couch. It can't be that scary
Order 3 photo canvases for the gallery wall
Work on accent pieces for gallery wall
New pillows
TV/ media console?
Update lamp shades

2. Complete the Kitchen Update

The little "quickie" update for our Kitchen has lasted for ages...partly due to some extra DIY work we had to put in, taking time off for the holidays, and pure laziness on both our parts. T would rather spend his time off work playing with man toys or watching sports, and I hate painting ceilings. But I have enjoyed my new light fixture over the kitchen sink.

Still need to:
Paint the ceiling
Paint the walls
New window treatments
Update light fixtures
Gallery wall
New rug

Yeah, that's a lot...I should say that this project has been completely funded from some gift cards I won through blog Giveaways, and a partnership with some companies I enjoy working with.

4. Keep Up with the Deck

We stained our deck last Spring and completed a mini makeover, but I'd love to build or purchase a potting bench to serve as a buffet and storage piece. New cushions for my patio furniture are not in the works ($$$), but they will need a good cleaning.

3. Organize
This is an all-encompassing goal. We have closets that desperately need to be organized, craft supplies (mine) that need to be organized, and a whole passel of new Christmas toys that need a home. 

I'm sure there are many other things I can/should add to my list. More than anything, I still struggle to love my home as it is. Being grateful for what I have (instead of comparing and envying) is an important attitude adjustment that I continue to work on. The following Thoreau quote is still inspirational to me this year, and I hope you find inspiration in it too:

"Most men appear never to have considered what a house is, and are actually thought needlessly poor all their lives because they think they must have such a house as their neighbors have." 
 -Henry David Thoreau

What are you working on in your home this year?

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  1. I'm looking forward to seeing your updates this year! x

  2. Can't wait to see everything you have in store for 2013!

  3. Our big thing this year is decorating the outside and upping the "curb appeal". Plus we want to add some play areas for little one. MY big outside goal is flowers. EVERYWHERE.

  4. HI Amanda! I just recently found your blog. I JUST put a slipcover from Target on my couch today! You can see the before and after at my blog Stop waiting and do it. It turned out SO much better than I expected! You will wish you had done it sooner! Happy 2013!

  5. Your list sounds completely achievable in 2013! I look forward to reading about all of your updates.

  6. Christina @ Floridays MomJanuary 9, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Love what you have done and to see you lay all your goals out there for the new year. Make sure you check out uglysofa for your slipcovers. They have ones from PB super cheap. That is where I got mine for my living room and I love it!

  7. Organizing is on my list this year too! It seems like we just keep collecting more and more stuff that we really don't need! I want to do one of those house clean out plans where you get rid of stuff in different rooms on different days! I can't wait to see all your fun projects this year!


  8. getting rid of carpeting in living room...wood floors here we come!!
    I am so excited.

  9. Great goals! Can't wait to see your living room and kitchen come together and I'd love to see what you end up with for a potting bench. I'd love that, too.

    I only have a few home things for this year - organize and purge (Esp in the kitchen and basement). I'd like to work to make our yard a little prettier this spring. And I'd like to find a way to add simple toy storage to our lives to keep me from going insane from all the 'stuff.' Easy peasy, right?

    Happy 2013, friend. Hope it's the best one yet.


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