According to my blog, this will make my 11th year of doing a blog post on House Goals. Say what?!? I never do anything for 11 years. Then I looked back and whew, don’t worry guys, I am still consistently inconsistent. I must have skipped a few years in the middle there. So, I have NOT in fact been doing house goals for 11 years.
I recently posted a recap of our 2021 goals. We came so close to knocking off all the goals on our list last year. With that being said, if I accomplish none of these goals this year, I am ok with that. I am so grateful for our home, we have bright sunlight streaming in our windows, a fun pond in the backyard that we can ice skate on, a great hill for sledding, a beautiful deck to hang out on, and plenty of space to host friends and family. We truly do love our home and are so grateful we get to live here. That being said, there is something wonderful about creating spaces in our home that work for us and make this home ours. We find joy in doing projects, creating and tailoring this home for our family. So, with an open hand we present our 2022 home goals for this year.
Back again, it’s the laundry room! Such a small space, I really would love to do something fun and bright in here. It’s kind of a blah space at the moment.
It wouldn’t take much to make this into a fun laundry room so maybe that will be a project we will start soon! I think I’ve got enough left over beadboard in the garage to do something!
Probably the project I most want to dig into this year is the front entry. Something silly but practical would be adding a full glass storm door.
I miss being able to open the front door and let sunshine in. Also, this door sucks, we can hear wind blowing and so from an energy/safety side it’s probably needed as well because it doesn’t shut tight. On Thanksgiving morning last year I walked downstairs and the front door was wide open. Thankfully none of the pets escaped and no one murdered or robbed us.
Adding some wall molding is still on my list as well and maybe wallpaper? I would love to have a statement wall in the entryway. Tying into this project would be the front flex room seeing as they are right next to each other.
Last year we tried it out as a dining room/library combo but with the carpet in there I just wasn’t jiving on it. Although I will say I miss having the mini fridge conveniently located and the extra table for doing puzzles and working at as well.
So for now, it’s become a sitting room/quiet room. I moved some chairs around and made a few adjustments like moving the mini fridge. It’s better than it was but still not where I want it to be.
Curtains would definitely help and I’ve been on the hunt but no luck so far. The one thing I really don’t love is the paint color. It seems to absorb all the light and make it feel dull in here. Since we installed the TV on the main floor, I have found myself using this room to read my bible and work when I need somewhere quiet.
BUT I am thankful we have this room and it will get there. So maybe paint/molding/wallpaper? A new light for sure. But honestly I don’t want to do anything in here until I see how we use it over the next few months and what we decide to do with the entryway.
The one thing I am definitely adding this year is our master bedroom ceiling. I have wanted to plank that ceiling since the day I first walked into it. And then add a nice wood beam down the middle. This is the photo from the house listing. I really haven’t photographed our bedroom.
We will probably end up painting as well because flat paint is not my favorite. Beyond that, I don’t think I really want to change much else in our bedroom.
Speaking of painting, there are still a handful of rooms yet to be painted in our home. The mudroom closet, the basement bedroom and bathroom, the upstairs kids’ bathroom and the Master suite. I’m hoping to knock some of these rooms off the list this year.
Something I am hoping we can do this year is landscaping in the backyard. I would love a cut flower garden under the window to the right on this hill which we really can’t do much with. Definitely would be fun to add some layers with rock or wood almost like steps.
And as I moved down into the basement to finish this blog post, I looked out that very window and thought, how cool would it be to see beautiful flowers and plants when looking outside this summer?
Right now, the snow makes it so bright it’s hard to even photograph this area with the window. Hopefully I will recreate this same photo during the summer and get to use it in my 2022 House Goals Recap post.
Some other project areas on our list for the future would be creating a kitchenette space in the basement along this wall. As well as getting rid of the boob lights and adding some vinyl plank or tile flooring near the sliding door. We get a lot of traffic in and out the door in the winter with sledding and ice skating. Check out our collection of ice skates we have accrued. Plus, dogs going in and out, need I say more.
We are hosting our first party here for the Super Bowl this Sunday so it will be interesting to see how we use this home for hosting. In our last home we used the basement area for all the kids to hang out in. This time our basement is where the sectional and big TV are so now where do the kids go?
The mini fridge, table and the sofa table are great for now. I host bible study down here and it works well for food and beverages. But I would love some cabinets and countertops on that wall with maybe some tile and shelving to make it more functional.
Lastly, I am wanting to get some more family photos up around our home. I’m thinking of the landing on the basement stairway would be an awesome spot along with the hallway upstairs. I’ve got beautiful family photos that are sitting in bins. Hoping to start this project soon!
It’s been fun to dream up some projects and ideas for our home that could help us with functionality, customization and just plain old beauty. Our last home we were in for almost 10 years, and we accomplished a lot in that time. It was fun to use it to its full potential and we are so thankful for all the time we had there. So, it’s a good reminder to myself as we are heading into our third year of living here this summer that it takes time to create a home and it’s an ongoing process. I love being open to ideas of the potential our homes hold but also being so grateful for what we already have and those we get to share it with.