Monday, January 13, 2014

Getting It Done!


I mentioned last week that we spent a good majority of our holiday break cleaning up Christmas decorations and completing odd job to-do around the house.  Majority of these tasks have been moved from To-Do list to To-Do list dating back to March.  Seriously.  Just the type of tasks that you never feel like doing.


First after taking down the tree, we moved back our newish bookcase into the family room.  We bought from Joss & Main (sign up here) back in the fall.  We had to keep a chair propped in front of it because it's so incredibly lightweight I'm pretty sure Kenley could pull it down.  Because it didn't come with anchors, we got some hooks, screwed them into anchors, and attached the shelves to the hooks with a zip tie.  That baby ain't movin'!

Still working on finding the right balance decorating it, especially the bottom shelves that need to be toddler friendly. 


After that, we finally put up our flat screen tv anchor.  This was an item I purchased back in January along with all the other baby proofing items when we moved into this house and Ashlynn was mobile.  We took so long to install it because we didn't have the right size drill bit (or even our own drill!).  Finally got that taken care of and I feel a million times better.  Even though Ashlynn isn't a climber and for the most part barely touches media stand, I am just super paranoid of a completely avoidable accident.  Safety first!




The biggest task making if from list to list always being avoided was painting the baseboards.  When we put in wood floors back in March (MARCH!) we had our friend put up new 6" baseboards.  Since his wife was due with their second baby any minute, we told him we'd finish the job and caulk the seams and paint them ourselves. Except we didn't (more like the husband didn't).  The nail holes and seams are finally puttied, caulked, and sanded and then painted a nice coat of bright white.  We still need to put up some quarter round to completely finish it, but it was such a small task that finally makes the foyer and kitchen feel "finished".   

Aside from the itch to finally get on the kitchen remodel!




Another task was something else that was put off.  Before we installed the wood floors, we had to remove the wallpaper from the kitchen.  The pantry (thankfully) wasn't wall papered, but it was a lovely muddy peach color.  After noticing one of the brackets on the bottom shelf was broken, we took everything out and painted the pantry to match the kitchen.  Fixed the bracket and put everything back.

That also set me into a organizing frenzy... I reorganized almost all the cabinets, all the specialty serveware, baby sippies and plates, and other miscellaneous kitchen items.  I also made space on the shelf above the microwave to keep Ashlynn's art supplies and playdoh organized - and still safely out of her reach to avoid any Picasso moments when my back is turned. 

While I was doing that, the husband painted the foyer closet to match the foyer - something that drove me nuts.  It was never painted (white) and was so marked up from the previous owner.  The black scuffs shouted from below the coats every time I opened the doors.  All gone. 

In addition to my post baby nesting, I tackled re-organizing and re-folding all the clothes in my dresser doors, my closet, Ashlynn's closet and dresser (which was stuffed full of clothes she's grown out of still on hangers and just piled up), and going through her baby clothes bins, again, to once again purge the items that are stained and not being kept for Kenley, and folding up other items to save and others to hand down.   On top of that I reorganized under the bathroom sink, which Ashlynn really appreciated since that's her favorite toy chest when I'm getting ready or drying my hair.  Nothing like stacking dixie cups, or playing with unused pregnancy tests and tampons. 

I still feel like there is so much to organize.  We bought a new filing cabinet for the sunroom and refiling our paper and shredding documents no longer needed is next up on the list, as well as finishing our mudroom makeover, clearing out the garage (full of demo'd linoleum from the kitchen... again from last March), whitewashing the fireplace, and making over the playroom into something cute instead of an empty dropzone for toys. 


Whew.  That was exhausting all over again!!

17 comments:

  1. LOVE that bookcase! And I have the itch to organize my house....one room at a time!

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  2. Good for you! We're organizing little by little here too, it's not easy with the kids, but at least it's getting done :) love that bookcase

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  3. Erinn everything looks great!! You guys were very busy on your break! I have been bugging my husband about anchoring the tv in the family room. I have nightmares about it. Especially since Friday when O go his head stuck in the bars of the upstairs railing. He's just so curious and fearless. Better safe than sorry!

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  4. Wow that is a lot! When do you find the time! I'm so impressed!

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  5. Where did you find the door rack for your pantry? I really need something like that!

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  6. Impressive Lady, please tell me I will have all that energy after Claire arrives! I really like the book shelf and so clever on the super duper baby proofing.

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  7. it looks SO good! i am loving that book shelf! we have a million projects like those you mentioned. all it takes is time and money right? ;)

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  8. Wow! You've been busy! I'm trying to do some new year's cleaning too.

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  9. I love it and the "mini" house tour!! I wanted to ask you about the baseboard in Kenley's room (you know the ones that were painted "brown") did you sand those first before painting them white or did you just paint the white right over? All of the baseboard in our house is a "natural" wood color - I detest it - so I want to paint it all white but am not sure how labor intensive ( like should I probably remove it to paint it? ) it will be.

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  10. We just primed and painted. If your boards are nautral I would definitely suggest priming because the wood will probably soak up the paint. If they have a stain and are somewhat glossy, you might be able to paint right over without anything showing through. I paint directly on the boards on the wall. If you removed them you'd need to putty the nail holes and paint them so it'd sort of be twice the work.

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  11. time, money, and motivation! A lot of our projects were free since we had the paint or other supplies, just never felt like doing them!

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  12. It was probably the cabin fever. We've had so much snow and cold weather, I just have barely left so these projects keep me busy and entertained

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  13. It was here when we moved in, but I would imagine Lowes or Home Depot would carry them, probably rubbermaid

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  14. I feel so much better. It's such a common accident now a days and kids get seriously hurt, and it's totally avoidable!!

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  15. ok that sounds good!!

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  16. I somehow missed this post yesterday...wow! You have been a busy bee! And then reading your daily schedule today, I just bow down to you!! ;)

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  17. So awesome! Can you come work on my to do list now? :)

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