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Our House Projects for 2019

Our House Projects for 2019

Have you ever written down a to-do list and start the list with “shower” or “brush teeth” so you could cross them off immediately and feel productive? This post is my version of that checklist.

Last year, our reflection carried a lot of hopes and dreams for the next year. Many of them didn’t pan out or didn’t go as expected.

And it made me feel so guilty. I felt like I didn’t work hard enough. If only I hadn’t done this. If only I had done that.

Then I realized that our expectations were completely unrealistic.

This time around, instead of dumping all my thoughts into an impossible list, I’m sharing three house projects that I know we will accomplish in 2019.

Finish the full bathroom renovation

In our reflection last year, I said we would start renovating our bathroom in the spring. Well, projects progressed and we didn’t end up starting it until September. You can see our week 1 progress update here.

Fast forward to today and … we’re still working on it. We hit a few bumps in the road, but the project is still chugging along, slowly.

I have a draft I’m working on that details ALL the ins and outs of the bathroom renovation and why it’s taking so long (UPDATE: here’s the post!). But our goal is to finish this project this year, and I think we’ll be able to do it!

Fix our back porch

With the long to-do list we have, one project looms large: raising up our sinking back porch. A few other projects are dependent on ticking this item off the list.

With all of the things we want to accomplish in the new year - hell, the next few years - we bit the bullet and we are outsourcing this work. We’re currently in talks with a local guy who can do this job for us, and I couldn’t be more relieved.

Paint the house

Finally, our house is in desperate need of a fresh coat of paint. First, we’re not sure when it was painted last. Second, one of our neighbors just got their house painted the same color as ours (light yellow) and theirs looks so cute and fresh! But it means that we are now the dumpy yellow house, which is no good.

(Also, truly no shade to our neighbors. I love that they painted their house yellow. There’s a reason we don’t live in a neighborhood with an HOA.)

Over the past couple of summers, we have watched some people around our neighborhood tackle their own house painting jobs. It’s slow DIY work, so this is another job we’re outsourcing and leaving to the experts.

We’re in the middle of getting on a painting schedule. Now we just have to figure out what color to paint the house, and hopefully we have something fresh to show you all later in the year!

What are you working on or hoping to accomplish in 2019? There’s no job too small, and no shame in a job you’re not DIY-ing! Let me know in the comments!

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