When I first saw Rene’s monthly party idea for January was about getting organized, I thought, “This is definitely for me!”   I went around the house looking in closets, junk drawers (yes, drawers, plural), the girls’ rooms, my bathroom and even considered the garage.  But, something just didn’t feel right.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  All of these areas and many more could use some major organizing in this crazy house.  But, I kept coming back to “Is this what I really need to be working on right now?”

We moved into this house 7 years ago and it needed a lot of work.  There were pink tea cups hanging from the curtains in the kitchen (yes, full sized actual teacups), wallpaper on what seemed like every flat surface and a kitchen and baths that needed updating. Can you see the teacups?  (Yes, that is me, ugh!)


Here are two pictures of our kitchen before.  We had replaced the appliances at this point, because the exiting ones were almost 20 years old, but the major remodel was to come later.



Here are a couple of afters.


Our backyard before.

Our backyard after.

These are just a couple of the major remodeling projects that we have taken on since we moved in 7 years ago.  There’s also the front exterior remodel, our new deck, our bonus room addition and the family room.  So, after all of the projects, I realized that something’s missing.  Many of the big projects are done, but none of the rooms feel finished, if there is such a thing.

I realized that I didn’t need to clean our a drawer or closet, I needed to organize my projects themselves.  I needed to address what my home needs to function better, to feel complete.  So, what did I do?  I made a list.  A to do list of sorts that covers every room in our home.  I organized it by room and space.  This list is very long and impossible to complete in just one year, but somehow I feel better about it.  I feel like I have a better handle on what I need to do to make it work better for us.

My tip today for all of you is don’t try to do it all.  It can be so overwhelming and costly to think about everything you need or want to do in your home.  Make a list by room and start by tackling one room at a time.  Try to finish each room.  This will make you feel better about your space and make it feel more like home.

As I explained here, this is my goal for 2012.  Over the next few months, I’ll share my design work with you, as always, but also my to do list for my own home.  There will be times where things go smoothly and some times will be a bit more difficult.  That’s life.  But, just know we’re all in this together and I’ll help you in any way I can.

Good luck!

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