My husband has 3 weeks of vacation per year. Traditionally, he takes one week off during Thanksgiving (in preparation for us hosting Thanksgiving for The Schifflis at our house) and 2 weeks off at Christmas (to get a head start on our house). It always comes about the time that we are struggling to finish homeschooling, falling behind at the house, and the kids and I are also needing some attention. It is a good way to end the year. We start the new year with our batteries recharged and a clean, organized home. For a family of 7…this is no small task.
My husband works with computers and is extremely right-brained. He is analytic, organized, and consistent. So…pretty much the opposite of me. Which isn’t a bad thing. I am creative, passionate, and in constant “nesting” mode. I am creating the childhood for my kids I always wanted. I often tell people the reason why Chris and I work is: “We are alike in our values and opposite in complimentary ways.” It is very, very true. I have a 17 year happy marriage to prove it. I am a dreamer and will come up with the ideas and plans and Chris will break it down into pieces and help me carry it out. He will also hold me accountable and often has to be the voice of reason. Don’t tell him you want something done and expect it to get done in 10 minutes. My beloved says there are two ways to do things; “The right way and all the other ways.” When it comes to out big DIY projects we reserve the most time-consuming and daunting tasks for the end of the year. So neither of us go crazy;)
Over break we:
1. Cleared out our “Homeschool room” and turned it into a spare bedroom. This included clearing out EVERYTHING and making a usable closet for that room. It was packed to the brim with whatever junk we couldn’t use. It was a mess! This was one side of the room:(
2. Repaired our oldest daughter’s bed frame and bought her a new bed (on clearance. Score!) and moved her queen bed to the new “guest room”
3. Repaired this drawer:
4. There were a total of 3 drawers broken. In a cramped kitchen, I don’t need anything taking away precious storage…
5. Cleared out clutter
6. Used Leather Honey on our couched in the hopes of keeping “Old Leatherface” as long as needed.
8. I finally hung up this:
I am on the lookout for the fabric to make new pillows. I like this project:
and this project from Positively Splendid.
So out with the old…in with the new!
My DIY New Years Resolutions (A.K.A. paint, paint, and more paint;)
1. Paint my kitchen cabinets
2. Paint my living room bookcases
3. Paint my hutch in the living room (Duck Egg Blue?)
4. Paint my master bedroom and bathroom and clear out the clutter from my closet
5. Decorate Willow’s Room
6. Paint and decorate Krystiana, Alex, and Landon’s rooms. The flat Lambswool by Pratt and Lambert is just getting GROSS!
7. Have our foyer painted or figure out how we can DIY it with a 16 foot ceiling.
8. Do some minor (is it ever?) remodeling in out master bath and laundry room.
9. Tame the clutter beast!
10. Start cooking more!