Around the House

Did I actually say in yesterday’s post that I would share pictures of what I need to finish around the house?  Have I mentioned I’ve been sick with a fever all week?  I must have been delirious when I offered to do that!  However, I keep my word so please join me on a virtual “around the house” tour of to do list items.

Since this is going to be scary for me (and maybe you as well!), let’s start where all good scary stories should…in the basement.   Cue the music!

Too long ago, I was reading posts where blogging friends were fixing up their laundry areas and enthusiastically replying how they had inspired me to do the same.  I did look into a bit and then, I lost focus.  The area currently looks like this:

Why, yes that is a frying pan on top of the dryer.

Why, yes that is a frying pan on top of the dryer.

My first follow through item will be to make this area look a bit prettier.  My husband has set my budget for this project.  He’s given me a very firm number on it.  I usually don’t share specifics on financials but I think I can share this one budget number.  It is $0.00.  So that should make for an interesting project and could possibly explain why I lost my focus earlier.  However, I enjoy a good challenge.  Don’t you?

I’m getting a bit tired of hanging out in my basement though.  It is so scary.  All that LAUNDRY.  Let’s run up the stairs and fast!  Be careful though.

Please watch for descending cats.

Please watch for descending cats.

The stairs are the next project.  I just want to give them a fresh coat of paint or something?  I’ve had the desire to do this since before the blog existed.  This month I’m getting it done!

Let me get you a cup of coffee as we continue the tour of unfinished home project terrors in the kitchen.  Actually, let’s start with a project that was once a source of pride that’s gone horribly wrong AGAIN.  I present the return of the art cabinet chaos:

um, oops?!

um, oops?!

Life gets busy and art supplies, cook books, and everything else gets shoved in there.  I must face the facts that my boys have outgrown the need for a fully stocked art supply cabinet and re-do this space.  I’ve known it for some time but October is the month I face it.   There is one more, easier kitchen project on my list as well.  Wiping down the front of the kitchen cabinets.

The living room is full of fun items that need attention….shall we?   I’m noticing some of these photos are a bit blurry.  My focus was a bit off yesterday (ha! get it?) with being sick but I still want to share them (sort of).   There are 3 maybe 4 main projects in the living room I need to tackle.

The first project is unfinished mainly because I’m not sure how to accomplish what I can visualize in my mind.  This area, however, drives me crazy.

I do not like this as the focus of my living room.

I do not like this as the focus of my living room.

I need to organize all the teenager “gaming” stuff so that we can turn the television on and off without having to navigate around it.   I also do not have enough cushions to count all the things I don’t like about this particular couch.

Perhaps, I should have cleaned up a bit before starting the tour.

Perhaps, I should have cleaned up a bit before starting the tour.

I’ve been talking about putting a slip cover over it for way too long.  We’ve also been talking new furniture but the slip cover can happen sooner.   One last project for the living room although it (mostly) remains unseen…the hall closet.

Avalanche alert!

Avalanche alert!

I think we could make this a bit more spacious and organized.  I’ve been thinking about it without doing anything about it for a bit too long now.  Don’t worry.  Be happy because we keep the door closed so you can see this. 31days2014 019

I think it’s time to break out some sandpaper and stain (I did get the okay from my husband for that project although our time tables may conflict).  I predict two boys will be using some sandpaper although I have no idea how long ago this may have happened.

Speaking of the boys, shall we venture into two of the true danger zones in our house?  Let’s start in J’s room.  The projects in there always seem to come together a bit easier.

His closet needs a slight bit of organizing.

Not as awful as it could be.

Not as awful as it could be.

We need to reorganize the game shelves.

We need to reorganize the game shelves.

Our recent garage sale really helped clear it out fairly well.  I mainly need to figure out a way to put all this Lego insanity inside the closet.

This all needs a home in the closet rather than on the floor.

This all needs a home in the closet rather than on the floor.

The bookshelf needs an overhaul as well.

This bookshelf was mine when I was a child.

This bookshelf was mine when I was a child.

I raid it for preschool books still and he’s obviously more than just a bit beyond them even if his mom isn’t ready to let g0.  His mom also needs to be better about returning the books to the shelves in an orderly manner.

Are you brave enough to enter the room of a teenager with me?  We must do this part quietly.  He’s outgrowing his bookshelf and not ready to give up any books either.

He likes to read.

He likes to read.

This SECOND bookshelf in his room needs some organization.  By the way, I’ve read quite a few of his books as well.  I spent last week reading James Dashner’s Maze Runner series and found it quite intriguing. I’m not going to show you his closet which is also on the need to organize list.  I think I may have shown our movie storage before in earlier posts about things we like to watch and probably mentioned how we need to organize our storage.   It looks the same but I have added it to my October list of things that will get done.

There are some rooms that I did indeed leave off the tour.  What no bathroom break?  What kind of lousy tour is this?  Our bathroom is actually in decent shape (you can see pictures in this post if you are curious about it) and all it needs is some wall art.  Photos of blank walls are rather dull though.  Also, just consider the door to our bedroom shut with the screaming sounds coming from behind.  I’d show you more but I think our time around the house is running out.  Let me show you to the door to get out while you still can….

Grab your umbrella!

Grab your umbrella!

Did I mention I have outside projects as well?  Cleaning and staining the deck!  Painting the front porch rail (the weather did not cooperate with me showing you that one).

Tomorrow, I’ll share the paper projects I’m piling on top of the Master list.  And because it truly is Follow Through Friday and the spirit of this series (you can find all the posts here) is about getting things done; what one thing are you going to commit to crossing off your list today?  I’ll be keeping it simple as I’m still recovering from this rather nasty virus and simply cleaning up around here a bit and paying bills.

 

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12 thoughts on “Around the House

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks! I’m not sure if it is a good or bad thing that I like the same books as my teen. Of course, I also love nonfiction which he won’t touch unless a school assignment forces it on him. Don’t worry, I only planning on doing one project at a time. This was just about making a list of which ones I’m going to do this month.

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  1. Elizabeth

    As far as your $0 on your laundry room you may ask around on freecycle in your area. You probably have a freecycle and perhaps if you look you might have facebook pages in your area for things like it and you can always ask if perhaps folks have particular items you are looking for. They may not come in the best of shape but it’s something to work with.
    You’re a braver woman than I am showing off your house. Your house looks spotless in comparison! You don’t give yourself enough credit!
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    1. Jean Post author

      Oh, I forgot all about free-cycle. We probably have it. My first plan is to shop the house though. I didn’t show everything in our house and there’s a reason I left off the close-up photos of the floors 😉 Thank you though.

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    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks for the encouragement! My fever is gone and I’ve been coughing a bunch but I know the virus is on it’s way out. It’s nice to feel like a human being again.

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  3. Deanna

    Ahhh, the crime scenes 😉 Looks similar to my house. It’s always amazing how the stuff just piles up, eh?

    I know what a lot of my issue is, and I sense some of it may be your households too – memories, and keeping them 😉

    I’m also not good at just getting rid of something – like I feel like I need something – money is nice – in exchange for my things, but I think the world feels so much differently about things than my mindset is stuck in – as in a lot of people hold no or little value of ‘things’ in general, and so they don’t have issues with parting with them. Do you think? For example, I posted some EXTREMELY nice, and current, and with the weather items on Craigslist. Not one response, AND it’s amazing how FULL that site is, as in loads and loads and loads. The stuff I listed got buried literally in the posts within less than an hour. Who has time to sift through all of that to get to what I listed.

    I have a person I know, and I just found out that she doesn’t even itemize donations on her taxes – just drops them off and frees herself of it all. That is SO foreign to me. But, she has something to show for it – her house is gorgeous, and she can have someone over without a two-week notice! And when I inquired if her home was always that put together, she said her husband would think it’s a disaster. Seriously, he’d get a dumpster if he saw my house.

    Sadly, I missed the opportunity to get rid of a slew of books in that fashion. UGH, I just can’t, but no one wants to buy them either LOL Crazy, isn’t it. Well, maybe it’s not still too late to ditch some books. I’ll maybe check into it. Your post here inspires me because seeing someone else’s house looking similar to mine, LOL well, let’s just say WOW! That’s a lot going on, and you are a brave soul sharing that with all of us 🙂

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    1. Jean Post author

      My mom had that issue with the memory connection and passed it on to me a bit. I’ve struggled to overcome it to a good degree. I remember when I would be ready to give items up as a child, she’d say “But, Grandma gave that to you. Are you sure?” or “You can’t give that away it came from…” I work super hard to not to do that with my boys. I am in the camp with your friend aside from our sporadic garage sales…any time a donation pick up truck calls, the stuff goes out or I drop it off at the thrift store donation bins. It is VERY freeing and I never miss the stuff once it has left. Do you have the little free libraries in your area? That might be an option for your books that you would feel better about doing. What’s that other word for brave..think it starts with an s? 😉 I think I’m one of the two perhaps.

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      1. Deanna

        I’m so lost – WHAT is the other word for brave that starts with s? Is it that I’m just that clueless, it’s Monday, or what LOL?

        We have a Friends of the Library book place to take our books if we wanted to. I do drop off books here and there, but just all at once is too, too, too, um, too….. LOL We did volunteer at the sale this weekend, and sadly we brought $12 worth home the night we volunteered to set it up, and brought home a few books the day of the actual sale – but the day of the actual sale I took 5 books – 4 of them being BIG hardcover books and one small kid chapter book. That was good.

        Yeah, I also don’t hold my children to their things by who gave what to whom. They have a pretty good sense of things that are ‘worth’ keeping, and things that are just things, just that we still want to keep a lot of the ‘things’ until we’re done with the things. Does that make sense?

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