Making a House a Home

Friday, July 11, 2014

Whenever I go through a major change I find myself slipping into the habit of neglecting important things. Like writing. Seasons of transition and upheaval often translate to chaos in my mind. Which is basically the very definition of moving. Chaos. Whether you're moving two miles or 2,000 miles the process is largely the same. Packing, purging, cleaning, transporting, unpacking, organizing, rearranging, cleaning, and finally settling in.

I was talking to a friend recently and she said it takes about a year to feel truly settled into a new home. A year! We have lived in our 90 year-old home for three weeks. And like any relationship, we (the house and I) have had our ups and downs. Before we moved GH and I created a home improvement spreadsheet; a growing list where we could track projects, estimated costs, and actual expenditures. Without even thinking about it the list started off with 30 items. Ambitious, no? Some things, like a washer and dryer, refrigerator (our home didn't come with one), and shelves in the master closet fell into the high priority/non-negotiable category. While other things, like replacing all the windows, landscaping, and installing built in book shelves landed in the we-would-like-to-have-someday category.

With a new roommate on the way in just a few weeks our time for home improvement projects has felt somewhat urgent. The time crunch to get as much done as quickly as possible is certainly a motivator, if not a simultaneous stressor. While it's easy to feel overwhelmed, sometimes I have to stop and take stalk of how far we've come.

So what have we been up to lately? Since moving in we have accomplished the following:
  1. Replaced master bedroom light fixture
  2. Removed a wall of ivy from the west side of the house. 
  3. Smashed a giant bedroom wall mirror. Making the nursery feel less like a dance room. 
  4. Demolished and replastered the master bedroom closet. 
  5. Had Elfa shelving installed into the master bedroom closet. 
  6. Countless trips to Home Depot (mainly for paint and tools). 
  7. Hired someone to replace the exterior roof valley and flashing around the chimney. 
  8. Had the interior plaster around the fireplace repaired. 
  9. Installed new shelves and painted the kitchen pantry bright teal. 
  10. Replaced the dining room chandelier & living room sconces with Schoolhouse Electric pieces.  
  11. Stripped hallway wallpaper. 
  12. Replaced hallway light fixture. 
  13. Cut back our jungle of a backyard to a more manageable state. 
  14. Survived hiring contractors to gut and remodel the bathroom
  15. Painted the hallway, bathroom, and nursery.  
While we still have a long way to go, just reading this list helps me realize we are making progress. Slowly. Some things take time. 

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