Thursday, 22 August 2013

Master To-Do List

Here it is - for those of you who enjoy a quality list as much as I - the good, the bad, and the ugly that is our home. 

Those of you who check in with us on a regular basis may have noted the lack of productivity around here as of late. I'm not exactly sure what has come over us - but likely a combination of the summer heat, regular engagements, company, and misdirection on the project front. The last one there is all me. 

You see, I had hit a road block of sorts. Unable to see the progress we have been making and not sure what to tackle next. So we stood still for a while - which is quite honestly one of my least favourite things to do. A solution was needed pronto. So alas, I returned to my original concept of Planning to Plan but made a super sized version - each space in our home photographed as is with a corresponding list of to-dos. Beyond that, I created a colour coordinated legend for easy tracking and updating, as well as links to those tasks that we have already completed.

And let me tell you, it feels good! Real good! As if planning future productivity is as good as starting the projects themselves. *Not to get too far ahead of myself. It is reassuring to see that some progress has in fact been made in amidst the daily labours of love and living life. And though, admittedly it is embarrassing to put my house out there for the world to see in such a rough state {I mean, have you seen those blogs out there with the glamour show room houses?} it creates a sense of motivation to work toward a look that I myself would covet in a magazine or online.

So do take the time to peruse the photos and lists below to see what we have ahead of ourselves. Or - let's be honest - just scroll through the photographs and see that good, bad, and ugly mentioned above. Either way, I do encourage you to sit down after the fact and write up your own master list of to-do's. It is a fantastic way to measure your progress, set forth a reasonable budget for upcoming projects {selecting a balance of small and larger endeavours}, keep everyone on the same page, and accountable to productivity from time to time. No need to get stuck standing still!


  • Blue - To Do
  • Red - To Buy
  • Green - Seasonal
  • Purple - Long Term
  • Black - Completed 
  • Grey - Link to Project

Living Room
  • Area Rug {10x12}
  • Curtains {Make/Buy}
  • Paint Holes from TV Mount
  • Entertainment Unit {Built In/Vintage}
  • 2 Chairs
  • Coffee Table/DIY Ottoman 
  • Lightbulbs for Ceiling {Dimming}
  • Desk Area {Built In/Vintage}
  • Built In Bench Beneath Window
  • Cushion and Pillows for Bench
  • Shelving Solution {?}
  • Toy Storage {?}

  • Second Hand China Cabinet/Dresser
  • Runner for Infront of Sliding Door {5 ft 68 in}
  • Curtains {Make/Buy}
  • Paint Map Frames Grey
  • Seasonal Art for Frames {Current}
  • Paint Black Shelf in Organization Area
  • Frame Organization Area {Rearrange/Change}
  • Build Over ETS Unit
  • Vintage Item to Makeover as Bench

  • Backsplash
  • Shelving Above Fridge
  • Countertops
  • Organize Large Island Drawers
  • Organize Miscellaneous Drawer
  • Silverware Organizer
  • Fix Cracked Tile
  • Mat for Beneath Sink
  • Rearrange Countertop Decor
  • Coffee Station

  • Shelving/Storage
  • Built In Cabinet
  • Small Piece for Beside Toilet {Storage}
  • Counter Decor
  • Mat
  • Paint Touch Ups
  • Baskets for Upper Shelf
  • Organize Items in Baskets
  • Make Label Tags
  • Add Hooks to Long Wall (3)
  • Art/Charts for Hangers
  • Frame 'Purple' Poem {Hang}
  • Gather Containers/Bins/Bottles & Organize
  • Shelf for Large Laundry Baskets {From Garage? Paint?}
  • Retractable Hanging System for Diaper Drying {Hang}
  • Door Label {Hang}
  • Mat
  • Cute Step Stool
  • Beach Towel Storage
  • Window
  • Clothesline Hook Up

Upper Staircase
  • Paint Frames White
  • Wipe Down Walls and Steps
  • Touch Up Paint
  • New Light Fixture
  • Print Photos
  • Hang Frames
  • Bins for Steps
  • Label Bins

Lower Staircase
  • Paint Railing
  • Change Hardware {Spray Paint/Buy}
  • Art 
  • Paint Inside of Door to Garage
  • Paint Touch Ups

  • Caulk Around Door to House
  • Redo Floors
  • Fix Door Opener
  • Organization Solutions {Use Vertical Space}
  • Moveable Work Bench
  • Clean {Windows, Doors, Floors, Shelves}

Utility Room
  • Deep Freeze

  • Roman Blinds
  • Storage Solutions for Toys, Movies, Etc. {Built In Shelving}
  • Decor for Ledge
  • Art
  • Side Tables/Fabric Boxes
  • Pillows

Lower Level Bath
  • Flooring
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Vanity/Sink
  • Mirror
  • Storage

Lower Bedroom
  • Remove Tape from Knobs and Walls
  • Roman Blind
  • Headboard
  • Side Tables
  • Lamps
  • Built In/Vintage Office Space or Seating Area
  • Second Hand Chair
  • Bedding

Lower Bedroom Closet
  • Built In/Pre Bought Shelving Unit
  • Frame Around Cubby
  • Divider/Door

Upper Landing
  • Art
  • Mat
  • Shelving Unit

Upper Bath
  • Shower Curtain
  • Repaint
  • Framed Art Work
  • Hooks Behind Door
  • Small Piece for Beside Toilet {Storage}
  • Hang Frog in Shower
  • Mat
  • Towel Storage

Spare Bedroom

*Planning ahead if we were to have another babe: Girl - Her Room. Boy - Turn this room to a shared boys room and Finns current room to a home office/craft space. If boy, the basement bedroom would not need to act as office space and could have a cozy seating area.

Until then, it will remain as is I believe. Unless inspiration strikes.

Master Closet, Bedroom and Bath
  • Shelves in Main Closet
  • Sort and Organize Clothes and Purge Old
  • DIY Accessories Display
  • Build and Fabric Headboard and Base
  • Queen/King Mattress 
  • Area Rug
  • Paint Black Furniture
  • Paint Side Tables
  • Art
  • Lamps
  • Chair
  • Wash Walls in Bath
  • Art
  • Mirror
  • Storage Unit
  • Hanging System for Towels
  • Bench {?}

  • Stain Front Step
  • Remove Railing Out Front
  • Build Flower Boxes
  • Fence
  • Lower Back Deck/Stone Pad
  • In Ground Fire Pit and Stones
  • Cement Driveway and Path
  • Plants Lining Driveway
  • Pressure Spray House
  • Take Wreath Hook Down
  • Paint House Foundation
  • Paint Front Door/Screen
  • Screen Door
  • Pressure Spray Compost Bin
  • Box in Beneath Back Deck
  • Exterior Table, Chairs, and Umbrella
  • Chairs for Fire Area
  • BBQ
  • Build in BBQ and Cooler
  • Patio Furniture
  • Expand Front Garden and Mulch
  • Clothesline
  • Dig Down Back Garden 
  • Stain Retaining Walls
  • Fill Back Garden with Plants
  • Paint Mail Box
  • DIY Herb Garden
  • Raised Garden Along Back Fence

And that is all she wrote! My house in a nutshell. *I feel like I have shared all my dirty laundry with you today. Feel free to jump on the band wagon and send some photos or links of your before spaces my way. I'd love to see them and hear from you - house glamazons and beginners alike!  

And for my records, did you find this approach motivating to create your own list? Or perhaps just overwhelmed? Everyone is different in their approaches, so I welcome you to share your system and how it works for you.

Can't wait to hear from you soon.

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