Home Goals 2012

Every day I come home from work and turn the key in my very first home I am thankful.

Thankful to have a roof over my head when it’s raining. Thankful the furnace turns on when it’s 20 degrees outside. Thankful for a place to sleep and share with my loved ones.

I don’t take one moment of home ownership for granted, and that’s why this year I decided to make goals for my home.  Because I’d like to focus on some specific ideals for my nest, and thought this would be a great way to remind myself of what matters most.

Since we’ve only lived in our house a year and a half this could easily become a project to do list, but I’m working to prevent that.  Because what matters the most is far beyond a to do list. Without further rambling, here are my goals for my home this year.

1. Develop a cleaning schedule and get on it
I have yet to come up with a systematic way to clean my house. Any part of it. We just kind of tackle things as they need to be done. One day hubs gets in the mood to wash all the floors, I dust while I’m on the phone. Believe me, it’s not a complete nor effective system. First up, a spreadsheet! A cleaning spreadsheet that is. I know my husband is rolling his eyes at this, but I’m an organized gal, what can I tell you?

2. Clean out the clutter once and for all
Since it has been more than a year in our place, I know now what kinds of things I’ll keep and what I don’t use. So I’ve been de-cluttering like a mad woman for quite some time. You should see the pile in our attic just waiting for the spring yard sale. There’s more stuff in that pile than all the Targets in the Northeast. But I will have de-cluttered the entire house before the year is up. And hopefully made some cash in the yard sale to boot.



3. Conquer the paperwork
Ahh, the paperwork. The most nasty of home organization enemies. I have serious progress to make in this area. It involves cleaning out old magazines, developing a system for my office desk and starting the scrapbook project I’ve been wanting to do for 2+ years. Any one else scrapbook?
4. Work on Our Windows
Sadly, the many windows we have in our house have been nekked for too long. Old metal blinds, no curtains, no wonder I haven’t shown you any of them on here. I need to either make or buy some curtains and see what we can afford-ably do about the much needed treatments.

Replace the old carpet will be on next year’s list for sure.

Split Stairs
5. Fix up the Porch
On the front of our house we have a lovely 112 year old porch, with 112 year old paint on it {we think}. We started stripping it last summer and got nowhere fast. We have to come up with a solution to remove the paint and redo it, so we can enjoy some refreshing beverages out there in the warm weather. Patio furniture would be a bonus.


6. Open our home to family and friends
What matters most about our home is who we share it with. Since the dining room project is nearing completion, we plan to dance on the table and drink champagne! Or perhaps have some delicious cocktails and fabulous conversation 🙂

7. Lucky goal number seven is Plan for the Future
We are only the fourth owners of our 112 year old Colonial and I’m grateful that the previous families have taken such good care of it so we plan to do just the same. We will probably look into insulating the attic, renovating the bathrooms and drylock the basement. Maintenance for sure, but needed so that we can enjoy our space for the long haul.

And that’s about it! Did you make goals for your home this year? Are they projects or enjoyment?

Linking up with The Nester’s Home Goals Link Party

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  1. We have a few house goals for 2012 now we need to write them down and do them and keep on task!! I love your front porch its huge! That will be a fun rewarding proejct

  2. I have a list of ‘to do’, and my office is right at the top. I share it with my hubby, and we’ve got all the necessary evils in place – you know, the printer and all that stuff. Now I really want to get some actual systems in place, rework the filing, and put a stamp of pretty in here. It feels like a big job, but I know once I get started it’ll take shape… and your post has inspired me to get cracking! Hope to see photos of your champagne and table dancing 😉

  3. I am loving your goals! Best of luck.

  4. Hi! I’m stopping by from the Nester’s party. I really enjoyed reading your goals – a lot are very similar to the goals I shared! I’m working on a cleaning schedule and spreadsheet also (and my husband is rolling his eyes too!). 🙂

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