20 Jan

Well, we’re 20 days into 2014. Do you think we should maybe think about some resolutions? I do.

Here they are:

Lose weight. Take better care of my skin. Spend more time with my kids. Have more dates with Pablo.
Yup. They’re all on the list but I’m not going to bore you with that.

Instead, let’s take a look at my house and how I resolve to make it better this year. It’s been three years since we moved in and though the house is virtually unrecognizable from it’s former life, there are a number of things I can do to make it better this year.

1) Paint ceilings. I seem to have a block against painting ceilings because even though I’ve painted the walls of 6 rooms in our house (7 if you count the hallway), I’ve only painted one ceiling. This is the year I get off my ass and tackle this very unexciting task. Notice the creamy gross ceiling in the dining room below. Won’t it look so much better when it’s all crisp and clean?

finished dining room

2) Get a grownup bed or headboard for our master bedroom. I’m 41 years old. I think maybe it’s time to stop using the headboard that my old roommate found in our apartment building’s garbage room in 1993. I had thought about DIYing one but I’m afraid that fabric+me will end in heartache so I might just have to pony up and buy one like a big girl. (Big news: We’ve already found a steal and are hoping to have this task taken care of by the end of Feb!)


3) Give up on the playroom. Yup, you read that one right. I keep trying to put lipstick on a pig (like with this and this and this) but I need to face the facts: the room is essentially a storage space for large pink plastic toys and unless I rip out the brown wall-to-wall carpeting, paint the wood paneling, tear down the drop ceiling,  make the fluorescent lighting die a slow painful death, and GET RID OF MOST OF THE TOYS, it’ll never look like a Land of Nod catalog. One day when the toys are less plentiful I’ll put some time, effort, and money into this space but for now – stick a fork in me, I’m done. (I mean, they’ve got a couch, a TV, a place for their toys and…A DISCO BALL. What more could they need?)

playroom- 049

4) Deal with the den. This poor room had been greatly ignored until 2013 when it got some “new” chairs, a custom Suzani-covered ottoman, a mid-century credenza, and some freshly painted window frames it still needs a lot of love. We’re talking art, a decent mantel display, and maybe we’ll finally get the TV up on the wall. But the biggest problem is the lack of insulation. Right now, I’ve got blankets hanging up as curtains to keep the cold out there in these bitter freezing days. It’s working but it would be nice to be able to use this space year round without having to start a fire everytime we go out there.


5) Paint the exterior trim. I was dilligent enough to get a few estimates last summer but I never got around to choosing someone until it got too late and now I need to wait for the spring. Check out the peeling paint around the door in this picture. Sad. (Maybe while I’m at it, I’ll finally get that door painted, too.)


6. Reinstate the Purge List. As gross as that sounds, it’s just my method for keeping storage spaces organized. I don’t have a lot of storage areas so I tend to keep those spaces pretty decently organized anyway but I could use a whole house purge. This is how I do it: I type a list of all of the minute storage spaces in the house – every drawer, every medicine cabinet, every closet. Then I tackle them one by one and cross them off the list.  Of course, big projects like the attic or the garage are reserved for full days but if I just go through the individual drawers when I have some spare time, then they’re not very daunting. (And the crossing-off part is highly fulfilling!)

For now, that’s all I’m stressing myself about. Of course, we might buy a new couch for the living room and we may gut the half bath this year but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, okay?

What changes are you planning this year?


Sue at Home


One Response to “Resolutions”


  1. House Update: New Batik Pillows and West Elm Lamp | Sue At Home - May 20, 2014

    […] Sidebar: And see the change in that doorway to the right? I painted the hideous wood paneling in the playroom (including that stairwell that leads to it) so I’ll be telling you all about that change soon. (And yes, that means that I totally broke my resolution!) […]

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