“Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There’s more to life than decorating.”
After all of the drama and exhaustion of my move in August, I hit a wall about three days after move-in. Too much stuff, too little space for it, one couch too many…and I was just really, really tired of making decisions. What had been accomplished up to that point, housewise, lay mostly untouched for the rest of 2012, as school, work, settling in in other areas, and generally getting on with living took over.
I hung a couple of shelves. A few evenings I was in the mood and put up some art or tinkered in some capacity. I ditched a couch. But there have been large boxes in my living room for months. I have all kinds of framed art stacked under the windowsill, waiting to be hung.
And perhaps most importantly, I haven’t had anyone over because I’m too embarrassed by the general disarray. And that’s a shame, since I love making dinner for friends, and my space could totally work for get togethers. And I like having a house of which I can be proud, all of the little pieces of me on display, all of the magazine and design blog reading put to good use.
So, I’m back in Austin. It’s a new year. I have a week until classes start and another week until I welcome my first visitor. (hooray!) I’m excited to start Nesting 2.0.
Because I’m always inspired by Anna Dorfman’s weekend lists (it’s amazing how much she accomplishes in a weekend!), I thought I would post my to do list here and try to be held accountable. I’ll update it as I complete tasks, and I’ll plan to upload some photos once I’m all done (or school starts, whichever comes first).
Nesting 2.0 list
+ Unpack entirely from Christmas and put suitcases away
+ Vacuum, sweep and mop floors
+ Dust, clean windows, clean kitchen and bathroom counters
General bathroom clean
Hang black floating shelf in bedroom
+ Hang green mirror
Hang whiteboard in kitchen ( find store to buy hardware to hang vertically)
Hang art wall behind couch
+ Hang map above bed?
+ Clear off desk so it’s actually useful again
Unroll and flatten rug that’s been rolled for too long
+ Figure out IKEA spotlights and mount them
Buy down insert for new pillow cover
+ Make mantel look presentable (I refuse to use the term “mantelscaping”)
+ Laundry (
load #1, load #2)
+ Make bed, including down comforter
Make toasted quinoa salad with snow peas and shrimp (two thumbs up)
+ Update filing system so I have a place to put paid bills
+ Set up incoming mail drop spot
Buy candles that don’t smell like baked goods or diapers ( might want another…)
+ Figure out a plan for one stupidly tall shelf on bedroom bookshelf
Kind of a daunting list. And that’s just the house-specific one. But a lot can be accomplished in a week, and I’m excited to get started.
Do you have plans for your abode for the new year? Do you get overly ambitious in January and make extremely long to do lists, as I am prone to do?