Almost exactly one year ago, I posted a list of a few house-related goals for 2015. And then I did a mid year check in back in the summer. And now I’m here to do the final analysis of how successful we were in knocking things off the list….and I have to say, it’s going to look a lot like the mid year check in. It’s been a slow second half of the year, house goal accomplishment-wise. But that’s okay! I do the list more for fun and give us a little focus than anything else; I’m not sure if the fact that I don’t get very upset at all about not accomplishing this stuff means I’m good or bad at doing list of goals.
Finish the master bedroom:
Finish the Basement:
Big Garage Clean-out/Organization:
SIGH. 2016 is going to mark the third year in a row of putting this on the list. Which is getting so embarrassing that maybe 2016 will be the year we actually get it done! I think Dave will be more motivated to build stuff for me if he has a nicer work area. Also, the kids got new bikes, and we need somewhere to put them where we won’t all trip over them.
Open Shelving in the Kitchen:
Expand/fence in Garden Area:
The final project was less ambitious than we originally intended, but we got it done! I won’t say anything about how successful the actual garden we planted in there was. Some things grew. We actually have a fairly impressive crop of lettuce out there right now, that I don’t remember planting. So that’s something. Accidental fall/winter garden!
Work on the Den:
Every year it seems like there’s one thing on the list that we’re frantically working on in the week between Christmas and New Year’s. The den wins for this year! As I type, Dave is painting the den (Instagram followers have seen the previews). I should probably go help him, in fact. We did buy our still very beloved Karlstad sectional about this time last year, and we’ve made a couple of other small changes over the past few weeks (which I’ll talk about soon). But painting it is probably the biggest project in there (because we’re doing all the trim plus the fireplace, too). Once that’s finally finished, we have a few other projects to do and few decisions still to make, but I’m anticipating a finished den early in 2016 anyway, which makes me very happy indeed. Only one more year of putting the den on the goal list!
So. Overall? Eh, I’m happy with what we’ve done. We plan to be in this house for the long haul, so there’s no rush to get it all finished. There probably should be a rush to finally get around to that stupid garage, though, because someone’s going to hurt him/herself out there if we don’t get rid of some of that crap. But I’ll talk more about what we HAVEN’T done yet when I do the 2016 list…..Monday, I’m thinking.
Happy New Year to everyone! What projects from the past year are you most proud of (and which ones did you put off for yet another year? Or are you more responsible about goal lists than we are?)