How are we halfway through 2021 already? Even when I was looking for my house projects and goals list from earlier this year, I couldn’t find it at first because I was looking for 2020! 2020 is still a blur to me and time frames are just gone. Kinda like how I still think the ’90s were only 10 years ago. Anyways, I wanted to give an update on my 2021 house projects and goals and an update on my year of less.
For some reason, I feel like I haven’t finished much this year at all. I’ve taken a few breaks to catch up and spend time with family that I haven’t seen in a long time. And I’m also back to work full-time and not spending my days at home as I did in 2020. Which I actually miss very much. However, I did wake up one morning a few weeks ago with a big goal and I have been working behind the scenes to make it happen. I can’t wait to share more!
- purge & organize
- update paint on window trim & baseboards
- finish uncompleted areas/projects
- paint the ceiling a bright white
- repaint the front door
Welp. In the month of January, I completed another one of my 31 days of organizing challenges and got a lot done. I also started painting the ceiling throughout the house my favorite white paint color but haven’t finished yet. I also purchased my favorite black paint for the front door but haven’t had a free weekend to paint it yet. But as I’m typing this I’m already getting the motivation to just get it done!
- finish toe kicks and trim
- new appliances
- quartz countertops
- DIY upper cabinets
Another big list that has yet to be completed. But finishing the toe kicks and trim definitely needs to be done. I haven’t finished yet because the price of wood is so high right now. But it doesn’t seem like the prices will be going down anytime soon, so I’ll just have to get it done.
And for the last couple of weeks, I’ve been figuring out the DIY upper cabinets for the kitchen. I held off on this project because I thought about removing more upper cabinets after completing our open shelving. But now I would like to go with my original plan and add some more storage to our kitchen. I think it will be great for resale value and just makes sense for this small kitchen.
- paint vanity
- fix shower
- update the mirrors
I would actually just like to redo our primary bathroom completely. I created this design board earlier this year and became obsessed. And after seeing Cass Makes Home redo her bathroom completely on her own, I am so inspired! So, I’m hoping to put this on the project list for 2022.
- custom shelving
During my January organizing, I purged a lot of clothing and reorganized both sides ouf our closet. I also added a mirror and small vanity area. However, I still need to add the upper shelving, paint, and add new lighting. Nothing too exciting.
- add more storage
- tile the floor
Done, done, and done. I finished our budget-friendly laundry room makeover earlier this year. It was an affordable quick update and totally transformed the space. We now have more storage and I’m still obsessed with this peel and stick floor tile!
- change exterior color scheme and paint
- add landscape lighting
- extend the driveway
- create an outdoor dining space
- update the bushes and landscaping in the back
- add a permanent shed
- inground pool
Earlier this spring, I created an outdoor dining space with a new patio table and chairs. We have been using it a lot and plan to use it, even more, this summer. I also painted our fence the perfect greige and it inspired a new exterior color scheme that I will slowly be working on when the weather cools down. I still have big plans for our exterior!
MY YEAR OF LESS
Also, this year I decided to set a budget and be very mindful of my spending. Some weeks/months I do really well. And others not so much. I’m mostly failing in the grocery and restaurant budget. But, I can’t remember the last time I bought something to decorate the house or just mindlessly purchased something online.
I have been doing well with not purchasing a lot of decor items, accent furniture, or pillows. I did purchase our outdoor dining table and chairs, but we have been using them and it was so worth it. Again, because of the rise of lumber prices, I’ve put a hold on a lot of projects I had planned. I might have to start doing my scrap wood projects again!
Personally, I haven’t bought any clothing, shoes, or cosmetics. I also haven’t purchased any cleaning supplies and still have a lot of backstock left. However, I did spend money on gifts and vacations with family and have more planned this summer.