My Personal Home Goals/Dreams/Thoughts 2012

Thanks to Jules at Pancakes and French Fries for her list and her motivation to share our progress this year with a weekly update on how living according to the William Morris quote makes a difference in our personal lives.

This week, I did a few small things and got my brainstorming list together, I’m a week behind. I may come back and add some things to this list to help me keep track of stuff and as I think of things. This project and quote sure makes me look at things differently…here is my brainstorming list for some of the rooms I am thinking about:


I want this room to be a practical/comfortable place where work is produced efficiently and items and tools are easily found and accessible. This room also serves as a guest room with a pull out sofa.

1. A place for old boxes that can be reused for shipping, maybe they should be broken down-have the packing tape “homed” in this room?
2. Clean out my cabinet with old real estate stuff.
3. Get rid of the orange truck that I don’t love. 1/26/2011 Read about the orange truck here.
4. A quilt on the back of the couch would be cozy.
5. Is there anything I can do to make the closet more accessible for tacks and paper and stuff? Maybe paper can go in my cabinet?
6. Paint the trim where we’ve insulated.


I want this room to be a happy place where the children feel comfortable learning, baking, cooking and making a mess. I would like the kitchen to be easy to use, easy to clean and fun to be in.

1. Organize the spices…I really like that pinterest idea of using old Starbucks Frappacino bottles here. I would like to find a friend who drinks them and ask if I can get their recycled bottles.
2. Seriously organize cabinets, they are out of control.
3. Pinterest idea or here of teaspoons and measuring cups I love.
4. My baking cabinet is so deep and ridiculous to get into. Is there a way to organize it to be more accessible and maybe even have a footstool close by that isn’t something to trip over?
5. I bought some blue plates from the goodwill and I would like to find my plate hangers somewhere to hang them up…I think I have plate hangers somewhere, I just don’t know where.
6. Fix the flappy trim that comes off the countertop.

Yay, it got fixed with some liquid nails and some tape to keep it closed, we kept getting caught on it

Dining Room

Of course this is a dining room, but it also serves as more around here, since we homeschool. We use the table for crafts, the bookcase for cookbooks, homeschool books and artwork display from the family.

1. Get a whiteboard made to use for school. We made one from some tileboard I bought at Home Depot…it was a while ago, so I don’t remember details. I have been asked for a tutorial, so I will try to get that together to share.

Our new whiteboard

2. Organize the cookbooks, what do I love and use?
3. It would be nice to be warmer at night, I need to make sure to close the drapes when the sun goes down.
4. My gardenia is in there in the winter and I need to make sure I water it regularly…maybe keep the watering can next to the kitchen sink as a reminder?
5. Organize the bookcase, I would like to showcase the artwork.
6. Maybe some of the “special” gadgets from the kitchen could go in here to make them easier to access?
7. The food dehydrator is in there, but I think I would like it to be in the kitchen in the spring and summer to be closer.
8. It would be nice to hang up some pictures?


Living on a small homestead with animals, this room gets dirty quickly. I would like this room to be easier to clean and keep organized with all the shoes and coats and bags.

1. My idea of boot storage outside, I thought it was from pinterest, but can’t find it now…there’s no way I thought of it on my own, hmmm. Feb 4, 2012 Made a boot tree, see this post for details.
2. If possible, I would like to have better lighting in there, it seems dark and it’s the first room everyone comes into.
3. Make a sign like my friend’s mom had on here side door entrance, “Side Door Guests are the Best” and hang on the door.
4. I would like to store the vacuum in the closet in the entry way so I could use it in the entryway easier and faster and to use on the dogs (the dog attachment) during tick season.
5. Need a mat outside the door to catch leaves and debris.
6. Implement the boots outside only plan.
7. Use the closet for extra shoe storage.

Entry Way

Laundry room

This room is more than a laundry room. It is also used to start seedlings in the growboxes and perhaps used as a clean room for the honey and maple syrup processing.

1. Build the table to store the laundry baskets Pinterest idea amalgamation of this and this.
2. Use the top of the table as a cutting board for quilting.
3. Maybe an apartment stove would fit in the corner.
4. NO animals should ever come into this room.
5. Have a rubber gasket at the bottom of the door to prevent bees from entering house during the honey harvest?
6. This room is easy to keep clean.
7. The cleaning cabinet needs to be cleaned out for tox-away day…there may be much that I would never use.
8. The table will be useful for crafts that the children like to make, using the extra chairs that we have in the entryway closet.


This room has some bookshelves and the piano sits in here. It would be nice to have some relaxing chairs and good lighting to be able to relax and read in there or listen to the piano.

1. I would like to paint my Goodwill chair using the awesome instructions from this website.

My Goodwill Chair I found, I want to try to paint it.

2. Need to set up my light in there with an extension cord.
3. It would be an ultimate dream to organize the books. I’ve heard that there is a software program on Mac, but I don’t have a Mac. I tried to organize them one time, but it was hard to utilize. Maybe I should get back to that.
4. The carpet in there gets dirty…its a light beige and I would like to pull it up and learn how to paint the subfloor. The subfloor is really old, so it may be more difficult than that.
5. Research more subfloor stuff.
6. It would be so neat to have lighting in the bookshelves some how…maybe they could even be painted on the outside? That would lighten the room.
7. I would like to put family history pictures in this room in a neat, organized way. I need to get old pictures together or copies made from relatives and slowly work on that.
8. It would be neat to make a family tree using toilet paper rolls like on Pinterest here. That looks neat!
9. If I do have a hardfloor in there, I want a rug in there that would be washable.

Living Room

I would like this room to be a relaxing room for the whole family. I would also like to use the desk that I set up behind the couch.

1. Paint the “game” table with chalkboard paint. Maybe paint the legs a neat color. The Nester has a great blogpost on painting furniture!
2. There are no curtains in here…I don’t mind that but the trim needs painted where we have insulated and some are peeling.
3. Organize my desk and figure out why I don’t use it.

School hallway

This is the hallway where we keep our workboxes for homeschooling. I would like it to be a bit more decorated and happy.

1. Hang a quilt using a curtain rod, need to finish the quilt first.
2. Move the magnetic photo frame to another wall.

Master bedroom

This is where we can relax, where I sew and we all watch movies.

1. I would like to recover the couch using a canvas that I saw in MaryJane’s magazine.
2. Make shadowboxes for each of the children from their baby days.
3. Organize the linen closet, it’s ridiculous.
4. Make a threshold to our room’s carpet from the garage sale hardwood floor.
5. Need a mat inside and outside the door for doggie footprints.
6. Paint the old chair in my room a pretty red according to this website .
7. My sewing area is out of control and I don’t want it to take up so much space. Get rid and reorganize my thoughts.
8. Make a smaller ironing board that isn’t so ugly and bulky for small jobs when sewing. I made this using a TV tray and some fabric I loved!

Small Ironing Board