Listy McListerson: Updated

Warning: this post contains more words than a handful of housewives can sling around in one of those two hour reunion episodes. So feel free to skim it or read it in three sentence intervals over the next five years. These posts actually came about when people asked how we organize all the stuff we have on our to-do list. We explained that we basically just have one long run-on document, and when folks kept asking us to share it (and update it as we went along), it sounded like our idea of a good time. So it’s high time that we actually updated it (sorry to everyone who has been asking for this for a while!).

You first saw it here and then saw us revise it here and here – and in those past few posts, it always felt kinda jumbly and crazy (which is usually par for the course) so I decided to try to clean it up for this update, and organize it by room. I also thought it would be nice to separate what we’ve done in each room from what we’d still like to do, so we have an active list and a wahoo-it’s-done list (you know, for spur of the moment Elaine-like happy dancing). Then I added in how finished each area is (in the form of an estimated percentage up near the title of that area). So without further ado, a to-do list that might still make your head spin… but hopefully a little less.

-The Front Yard (25% complete)-


Done:

To Do:

-The Front Porch/House Facade (35% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Carport/Garage (0% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Living Room (70% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Office (85% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Hall Bathroom (5% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Big Hallway (90% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Small Hallway (0% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Dining Room (70% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Laundry Room (95% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Kitchen (85% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Playroom (0% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-Clara’s Room (80% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Sunroom (0% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Master Bedroom (60% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Master Bathroom (75% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Guest Bedroom (60% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Guest Bathroom (5% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Basement Workshop (0% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Side Lot (10% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Deck (60% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Patio (70% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Backyard (0% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

Of course we’ll do a lot of the remaining to-do stuff over the course of the next few years (our first house took us 4.5 years to finish) so there’s no need to cry for us or anything. Haha. We’ve learned to do our best to just enjoy the journey and take things one day/project/victory at a time. And seriously, is there anything more fun than crossing things off? As for the method to our “project order,” we don’t really think there is one. We generally just do whatever we’re in the mood for (barring anything that needs to be moved to the top of the list for safety or other extreme-urgency reasons). So we definitely jump around from room to room just to stay excited and avoid feeling too forced into doing something that we might not be ready to deal with yet.

We generally like to keep the bigger projects that we want to save up for in the back of our mind for a while (until we’re feeling more sure about our approach so there’s no shoulda-woulda-coulda going on later). Thinking about those long term/bigger projects keeps us excited to squirrel away as much loot as we can to make them a reality down the road. And seeing all the crossed off smaller items reminds us that bite-sized undertakings can really keep you motivated and excited to keep moving. After a big project, sometimes we’re happy to take a breather and tackle the little stuff for a while. And other times we’re psyched to keep our momentum up and start planning the next big project right away. But enough about us, how do you make your house to-do lists? Are they on your phone? Or are you old school and you actually have a piece of paper that you consult? How do you decide what to tackle next? Is there a method to your madness?

Psst- Check out this floor plan post which might make some of the major layout changes & renovations that we’ve listed above a bit more clear. And check out our Current House page to see a ton of the crossed off projects mentioned above.

 

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