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Consider New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

It’s that glorious time of year where people slow down long enough to reflect on the past year and plan for the year ahead. As I go over my very ambitious list written at the beginning of 2020, I realize how many of my personal, business and home-based goals were not met. Like you, I spent several months dodging the curveballs that this year pitched at me, so most of my dreams, goals and plans gleefully written in January hit the skids in March.  Of course all travel related resolutions went by the wayside, along with an income goal for my new business. Out went my plan to be more fashionable because it was silly to dress for business when my default went to writing as opposed to networking or speaking. On reflection though, I do have to give myself points for wearing actual pants most days.

Last year, Roland and I together came up with our home goals for 2020, and they were as follows:

  1. New fence

  2. Yard work including deck aprons, string lights, awning, mulch

  3. New master closet

Well, we did build the new fence, and it is beautiful! We contracted out having new fence posts put in, but Roland did all the rest of the hard work. Big kudos to him for his mad woodworking skills.  We did lots of yard work as well including string lights, and mulch, new plantings, and expensive and messy tree removal. We have half-built a new awning and the deck aprons are pushed off to this coming summer. The master closet didn’t happen this year, but Roland did lots of work on his wood shop in the garage which puts him in a better place to rework our master closet sometime in the future.

Here are our home-based resolutions for 2021, in no particular order:

  1. Organize attic

  2. Finish shop in the garage

  3. Renovate kids bathroom

  4. Deck aprons and awning

  5. Backyard shed

  6. Invest in a new sofa

Our attic, maybe yours too? It is a dumping ground for delayed decisions. It’s time to clear out some of the chaff so we don’t have to wonder what’s actually up there. This is a good job for the spring when it’s not too hot and not too cold.

I have nothing to do with the creation of the woodshop/workshop in the garage, but I’m so impressed with what he’s doing in there!

The kids bathroom is also our guest bathroom. I’d like to repaint, add a board and batten detail, replace the mirror and light fixtures and maybe paint the cabinets. I’d also like to replace the shower head with a handheld number so we can more easily wash the dog at home. This room will also require a major declutter and organize session.

Did you notice that the master bedroom closet didn’t make the cut this year? It looks like our shed in the backyard needs replacing and that will take up a big hunk of the budgeted time and money in 2021. There’s nothing terrible about the closet in our bedroom and it makes sense to wait on it.

What are your home resolutions for the year ahead? I’d love to know what you have in mind! Just leave a comment, or drop me an email. As always, if you need assistance with your home design, organization or management, or you just want to talk about your own home resolutions, I’d be happy to help.

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