This is a continuously updated list of projects for each room of my home, as well as some more general projects, ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary. Its purpose is two-fold:
1) Because I have Dissociative Identity Disorder and must use guides to keep my soul on track, thinking cohesively about my projects, and
2) So that you can see my ideas of progress, with struggles and changes of plans included. It is my hope that this will encourage you to undertake a transformation of your own home, and to look at progress in perhaps a new light, not relying on huge accomplishment to make you feel like celebrating.
Before You Start
If you care to make your own such list, I have some recommendations for you:
First, decide why you want to list your projects. Is it for the good feeling of being able to check off or delete completed items? Is it for the sake of prioritizing and organizing? (I know very few of us who couldn’t use more of that.) Is it because your house is reluctant to embrace change? I am sure there are other reasons I haven’t thought of yet, but whatever it is that makes you itch to put a pen to paper, identify it.
Next, decide what you are going to do with your list once it’s written. I have broken mine up by rooms, rather than by types of projects or some other method, because certain rooms (the ones in my basement, especially) like having the lists where they can stare at them. (I will add some posts about rooms with opinions and personalities, whenever I can.) Depending on you and your home, it may work to tuck the list(s) into your planner or desk drawer, post them on the inside of a kitchen cabinet, or create a document on your computer for them. But whatever you decide, don’t get so stuck on the location that you can’t change it, and do put your lists where you will see them on a regular basis.
Update your list(s) regularly. There is little that is less motivating than continuously staring at an outdated (aka completed) list. Even if only part of the projects are done, regularly cross off or black out whatever gets completed. Also, you may want to keep a record of what you have accomplished, so you can look at it occassionally and feel accomplished. Take before and after pictures. Keep a journal about your house. Get creative, and find something that will motivate you to keep going. A busy life may make transformation slow, but rest assured, you will reap what you sow.
As far as your projects are concerned, be precise about what you want. If you write, “storeroom shelves,” neither you nor your house will be motivated to work on…whatever that means. Try something like, “Paint storeroom shelves blue, 2 coats of semi-gloss paint [brand and color]” “Wash storeroom shelves thoroughly,” or whatever it is that you actually mean to do.
Also, when planning projects, break larger ones down into manageable steps, aiming for segments that will take anywhere from ten minutes to two hours. This will allow you to celebrate more victories per project, and feel you are progressing, sooner. It will help to keep you from feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of some projects, and give you a way to use small windows of time in a potentially scattered schedule. On my list, I have put projects in approximate descending order of importance, or, in some cases, ease. In other words, I have listed the ones I think I have the best chance of getting to soon, first. In deciding what to list, I have included anything that is not routine, or anything that should be routine, and isn’t.
Now, for my list.
Goals For My Home’s Transformation:
Living Room –
- Renew decorations on “Pretty” shelf, to reflect the wonder of spring/early summer (simple flowers, birds and real eggs, nests).
- Install wallpaper (black background, roses)
- Add shelf above south window, for videos
- Replace porch door
Dining Room –
• Replace area linoleum, with similar floral pattern, if possible
- Repaint CD’s shelf in “Tangerine” – paint from Tammy
- Touch up paint on west wall (spring yellow)
Mud Room –
• Paint floor vivid blue; walls high-gloss white with blue trim
• Water bucket storage – hanging places in stairwell
Tyger’s Room –
Wash, iron, and hang curtains
- Paint walls and ceiling – decide colors with Tyger
- Insulate walls – panels from Dunbar
- Build closet
Billy’s Room –
• Paint floor deep green
- Wallpaper black-white-silver, with silhouette songbirds
- Install [oval?] mirror
- Finish sink cabinet; wall shelves (between studs on west side)
- Mending cabinet (empty it of urgent projects)
Joilene’s Office –
• Remove or cover damaged plaster with drywall
• Wallpaper walls in purple pattern; ceiling high-gloss white[?]; or purple paint (have already)
• Repair and refinish water damaged floor areas
- Experiment with floor covering idea, involving varnished fabric (quilt-like)
- Install tall shelf next to cookstove
- Renovate pantry area (ideas to be specified in upcoming post)
Master Bedroom –
- Paint remaining walls teal blue, with lime-green accents and trellis-work on lower half
- Paint ceiling high-gloss dark robin’s egg blue (like other ceilings), combined with larkspur purple (have paint already)
• Cover damaged plaster with drywall (ceiling)
- Construct cabinets out of under-stair space (winter clothing, table coverings, etc.)
- Install mirrors down center of ceiling
Attic and Accompanying Stairwell –
• Paint floor vivid blue
• Install sewing cabinets along north wall (currently sitting in place)
• Replace west windows (3)
• Install bunk areas for guests (2)
Main Stairwell –
- Paint all surfaces and walls high-gloss white, vivid blue
Cellar Room –
- Organize canned goods
- Install pallets or bins beneath shelves (bins some places , pallets others)
- Paint shelves yellow (have paint already), with crimson accents
- Paint pallets crimson
- Paint floor vivid blue?
Main Basement Room –
• Insulate walls – panels from Dunbar
• Paint floor early summer green? or walls electric lime green (as in bathroom and master bedroom)
Storage Room –
• Wash floor
• Insulate walls – panels from Dunbar
- Deer hide(s) properly tanned.
Pattern for moccasin-boots worked out
- My own boots
Old Hotel –
Find out who The Caretaker really is, and why he’s there
Establish – Is there really a “puppy” barking in the Hotel, in southeast room upstairs?
As you see, some of my projects are repetitive, some are long term, some are short-term. The point is, I have laid them out in a way that makes sense to me, so I can use my energy to accomplish something, rather than using it to decide what I’m going to do next, and how. I can add to or subtract from my list as I see fit, and so make it a helper and a servant, not a master. Not everything is as clear as I would like it to be…but I know from experience that taking steps, no matter how small, gives more liberty for picturing a future leg of the journey. Some projects will require focused, sit-down thinking to get them straight in my head before I start, and others may require experimentation (such as how I want to arrange items in my cellar room). Ultimately, though, I have a kind of roadmap with which I can plot my course, and build a generalized idea of how my home will be effected.
Look to the future, and enjoy your own transformation process.
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