Monday, February 13, 2012

Up to/House Art.

Things are starting to feel like home as we settle into our new house. There are projects to do, namely painting, but I have the feeling that we will always be in the middle of a project, or at least have our eyes set on a project in the future. It's a little bit tiring, but it's a lot of fun, too. 

My biggest problem with myriad tasks on my to-do list,is that I end up doing constant maintenance on every room I walk into. Let's face it, there is always a toy to pick up, an aimless sock, a cheerio on the floor, a blanket that needs to be folded or a light that needs turning off. When I get into "maintenance mode," I end up running around like a crazy woman with nothing to show for it at the end of the day. It also isn't a very efficient use of time or energy! 

Since starting our new beginning, I have been trying, TRYING, to keep my projects at a minimum. "One at a time," I keep telling myself. "Finish one room, one project, one task at a time," I keep forcing my brain to understand that I can't paint, fold laundry, sweep and cook lunch at the same time. And trust me, I've tried! 

Instead, this weekend we took a different approach--one project--started, finished--done! We painted our mudroom this weekend. In the scope of projects, this was a small one, but that's what we wanted. 
 This is a huge space! Grandma always had it looking really cute, but for our family, we are going to take a more utilitarian approach. We have plans to put our washer and dryer on the wall shown. For me, making the boys strip down in the entryway and throwing their clothes right into the wash will make life a lot easier. 
This is our garage and front entrance in the same room. This small paint project makes a big difference to us, since this is the first room you see when you walk in the house. Even though it wasn't a big priority, it makes a big difference for us to have it done!


Erin said...

It looks amazing! Way to go, all in one weekend, I'm impressed, there's a lot of taping there...

I think you need to join Pinterest, just for ideas for your home, you'll love it. ;-)

Mallory said...

Thanks! Only two bedrooms, a bathroom, and an office to go!

So, I AM on Pinterest. You follow me! I don't have a lot of pins. Too busy, you know, working on my life.

Lorrene said...

Looks great! So nice to get a project done, isn't it? I have a long list here too and also end up doing the daily maintenance rather than the real "meat-and-potatoes" that I want to get done. I am trying to convince my husband to take the kids for the whole weekend somewhere, anywhere away from the house so I have TWO whole days to reorganize and paint the kids' bedroom - that's my dream anyway! Great idea to have the washer and dryer right when you get inside; I'm sure that will come in very handy.


Anonymous said...

How did I not see that I follow you? I'm new. I guess you must have been one of the first people that they automatically set me up to follow??? I was just looking at it for the first time, then at your blog, and thought of all the great house ideas there for you.

Anonymous said...

Hoo-ray! I found you. I can see your house in the house ideas you do have pinned, now get to work, Lady!