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Making Plans for Our Home – It’s Listy List Time!


making plans, writing lists, keeping goals - The Learner ObserverI started looking back to some of my handwritten notes for all of the ideas I had for our home since we moved in.  There are a lot.

No seriously…. A  LOT!!!!

I want to do like everything right now!

Making lists helps me not only keep track, but also to see how my mind changes, how my priorities change, and how much mula will be needed for my overachieving projects.  Who’s with me on this whole making lists thing?  Raise your hands, please.  One at a time… Oh wait… what was me having a teacher moment.  Sorry!


Back to making lists…

Are you ready for my biggest listy list ever of all time?

No, me either… But it needs to be made, and I need to reference it a lot because I have a lot of goals for this tiny little house of ours!

Anyone else call their lists “listy lists”?


No, me either……. awkward….

Let’s start by giving you an idea of what I’m working with.  I mean living in.

House floor plans

Not the biggest house on the blog, I get it… but it’s all ours and I love that about it!  Now here are the plans I (I should say ‘we’, but who am I kidding?  Alex and I both know that the list maker is me and that I am the one constantly daydreaming about what’s next in the dollhouse.  By the way, dollhouse is my affectionate term for our small home.  It works, right?) have made for the dollhouse.  These are in no particular order, in case you start to think I’m nuts for wanting to paint trim before installing the flooring…


Main Floor

first-design(1)FRONT ENTRANCE (5% complete)

  • make a coat rack
  • replace tile flooring
  • paint a chalkboard wallwanna see?
  • paint all trim
  • paint front door
  • do something about the mirror
  • paint walls and potentially do something fun like this on them


LIVING ROOM (10% complete)

  • paint walls white
  • furnish the place
  • paint the big green monster
  • replace all trim
  • paint all trim
  • replace flooring
  • gallery wallas it remains, but it needs to be changed already!
  • change gallery wall around the TV
  • add artwork to cover up temperature control box (what the heck are those things called?!)
  • fix the currently too short, awkward curtains
  • replace ceiling fan


KITCHEN (70% complete)

  • paint all cupboards white
  • change hardware
  • change counter tops
  • paint ceiling white
  • paint walls
  • board and batten
  • refinish hutch here it is!
  • reupholster kitchen chairs all done!
  • refinish table and chairs
  • new flooring (not happening for a LOOOONG time)
  • new trim
  • pot rack & shelving


STAIRS (5% complete)

  • remove all carpeting (some of this is done)
  • fix and paint risers
  • stain treads
  • replace railing and post
  • add a runner
  • paint walls and trim up to hallway upstairs
  • add artwork
  • change light fixture


Second Floor

first-designcopyMASTER BEDROOM (0% complete)

  • paint walls and trim
  • fix up and paint closet doors
  • make a jewellery hanging system
  • figure out artwork for walls
  • refinish and hang mirror
  • curtains
  • new lighting
  • change flooring


MAIN BATHROOM (1% complete)

  • paint everything
  • replace tiles in tub/shower area
  • replace floor tiles
  • new vanity and sink
  • new mirror
  • towel hooks
  • change flooring
  • new lighting
  • change shower head


OFFICE (0% complete)

  • paint walls and trim
  • finish desk
  • paint chair
  • bookcases
  • lighting
  • new flooring
  • paint filing cabinet
  • fix closet doors


SPARE BEDROOM (0 % complete)

  • new flooring
  • paint walls and trim
  • window coverings
  • fix closet doors
  • figure out what furniture to put in here!


first-design(2)BASEMENT STUDIO (50% complete)

  • build it
  • new outlets and electrical work for the room
  • replace fuse box with breaker box
  • drywall
  • install flooring
  • trim-work
  • paint walls and trim
  • “brick” wall
  • pallet wall
  • paint doors
  • move some furniture in


GUEST BATHROOM (95% complete)

  • paint tile
  • replace flooring
  • new shelving and mirror
  • new shower curtain
  • new light fixture
  • paint door and trim
  • replace fan cover


LAUNDRY ROOM (0 % complete)

  • paint or replace flooring
  • re-do shelving
  • plank walls behind washer and dryer



BACKYARD (5% complete)

  • strip deck of all grime
  • paint deck
  • power wash all siding and brick
  • landscape – move some existing gardens
  • create a raised vegetable garden
  • create brick walkway from front gate and a patio 
  • paint front gate


FRONTYARD (0% complete)

  • paint existing concrete front steps
  • brick walkway and driveway extension
  • paint garage door
  • paint front door
  • add shutters
  • landscape


Big list for big goals!  And that’s what we’re working with, folks… a lot to be done here, and not a whole lot crossed off just yet!  The house is just about 20% completed according to this list.  TWENTY PERCENT!  Is it me or does that sound like it might as well be nothing?  I suppose if we stay at this pace the house would be finished in… 4 years!  Being that we originally had a plan to live here for 5 years, we’d be just about done and ready to sell.  I’m hoping it can be done in a little less time, but we’ll see.

Anyone else in this same boat, or am I sailing off to the big bad sea of home DIY-ing all alone?

I hope you’ll stick around for all these plans to come to life!  I’ll be referring back to this list often to keep you updated me accountable.  Making plans is an important part of scrap-booking our journey as first-time homeowners and this post was long overdue!

Oh, and hey, if you have suggestions for any of these crazy plans, comment away!


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  • Reply Annet M

    Oh, I have a list too! And tonight I was going to blog about my bathroom progress (which is still in demo stage) but my dad ended up coming over and instead of the promised “1 hr”, 3 hrs later he left and the whole place is covered in a thick layer of dust… But progress is being made and so I’m focussing on that positive. Don’t ask the hubby his thoughts…

    November 18, 2013 at 10:29 pm
    • Reply Annet M

      And here I am just talking about me… I love your house plan pics – did you do those? I should consider it if you did. It’s so good to have the list – crossing something off proves that you accomplished another task. And some tasks will fall off the list naturally when it isn’t something that fits with your plans anymore.
      Oh and your house is the same size as ours (2 bed/1 office or 3 bed) and you have the added bonus of a garage. We do not. So no whining ;)

      November 18, 2013 at 10:33 pm
      • Reply Thalita

        Oh this one made me laugh! haha
        I did make the floor plans on a site called Floor Planner. It takes time, but it’s a great resource!
        I am officially done whining! We are really blessed to have this little dollhouse, and I do love it :)

        November 20, 2013 at 10:00 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh Annet I love that you are totally demolishing your old bathroom for a new one. It’s going to look amazing :) Your hubby will see it and love it too!

      November 20, 2013 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Tara @ Suburble

    I’m such a list-maker. I think that they help you to feel that you accomplished something. And it gives you focus!

    I think that you’ve accomplished a lot already! And hey – don’t knock the dollhouse – you have a garage and a basement – two things I don’t have! I’m jealous!

    November 19, 2013 at 2:37 am
    • Reply Thalita

      You are so right about it giving you focus!

      I do love the dollhouse, even if there’s no powder room on the main floor and the basement is SCARY :)

      November 20, 2013 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

    Lists help me immensely! I’m making a list for today’s projects right now, in fact! I really need to consider making a master list for our home. Just seeing yours has me thinking, “We should do that, too!” or “What a great idea!” but unless I write it down somewhere, the chances of me remembering it later on are slim to none. Also, as I mentioned on instagram, those floor plans are too cool! Definitely something we’ll need to do when we buy our first “dollhouse” ;-). Oh, and I had never “met” the big green monster before. Thanks for the link to that guy! As cool as he is now, I can only imagine how monster-licious he would be in robin’s egg blue or some other bold color. Thanks for giving me a new list project to tackle, Thalita!

    November 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Yeah I had it all in my head for a looooong time. Then is went on random pieces of paper… which caused me to repeat my thoughts. A LOT! Now having this keeps me accountable and perhaps more organized?

      Ok, so now that you have seen the big green monster, do you officially vote for paint, or keep it green? It’s still a hot topic in our house!

      November 20, 2013 at 10:28 am
      • Reply Lauren @ The Thinking Closet

        I’m honored you would ask my opinion on this hot topic! And while I don’t want to cause any uprising in the Murray household, after looking at pictures of the big green monster again, here’s what I think: the green is a rich green, and I think if it really is going to be a statement piece, the walls would need to be a crisp white to really allow the green to thrive. So…I am leaning more toward painting it white – – that way, it could really fit with almost any color scheme or wall color – – and as you said, it would really allow the brass hardware to pop! That’s my two cents, for what it’s worth! (Though you may not want to tell Alex that.) :-)

        November 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm
        • Reply Thalita

          HAHA not to worry… Alex doesn’t know about this! I want the living room walls painted white anyway (as I do my entire house…), so the green MIGHT be able to stay. Doubtful, but we’ll see. I’m thinking of switching to a more black and white with some light neutrals mixed in, so the green would stand out. That can either be good or bad… I’ll have to wait and see I guess!! Thanks for the awesome advice!

          November 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Steph

    I’m such a list maker! I even make lists for ridiculous things that probably don’t actually require lists haha I’m looking forward to following along as you cross things off your list! (Sorry for the excessive use of the word list hahaha)

    November 19, 2013 at 7:10 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      haha I love that the word list is in there so many times! I too, make lists for things that don’t need lists… but sometimes it’s more therapeutic than useful!

      November 20, 2013 at 10:33 am
  • Reply Danica

    We are big list makers as well!! Love the look of the floor plans, just a little tip your inner walls can be minimized to 4 inch thickness(if you used feet rather then meters) and your outer walls are 6 inch thickness. This will also give you more accurate sq.footage in your plan.

    How did you get the hard wood flooring option? I tried to look for it when we did our floor plans but didn’t see that option anywhere!

    November 20, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • Reply Thalita


      When you select the space and name it (like hallway, bedroom, etc) if you click on the little (i) it gives you the options for types of flooring! :)

      November 20, 2013 at 1:13 pm
      • Reply Danica

        1 GENIUS + 1 GENIUS = conquering the world of! Thanks for the tip, it worked and now I have hardwood floors! LOL

        November 21, 2013 at 2:21 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    OMG. We might be the same person. I’m sitting here nodding my head through your entire post! I make lists. I make lists about making lists. I have a list of home ideas that’s umpteen miles long. Plus piles of post-it notes with random thoughts scratched on them :) I can’t wait to see how you bring your ideas to life :)

    December 2, 2013 at 10:09 am
    • Reply Thalita

      Oh my gosh I love that! HAHA I also have post its that seem to appear in the most random places… I stick them to my phone, or my planner, or my laptop… then they fall off, I find them and remember to add them to the “real” list. It’s madness!

      December 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm
  • Reply Emily @ Two Purple Couches

    OMG x 2!!! I stick post-its to my phone alllll the time. And then lose them in my purse :-/

    December 2, 2013 at 1:40 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Hahahaha story of my life!!!!

      December 2, 2013 at 7:10 pm

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