Subscribe to RSS feed




Taking inventory

I’m a bad blogger. It’s been 3 weeks since my last post. Wish I had a good excuse, like I’ve totally finished unpacking. But the truth is, the time I haven’t spent blogging has not been used to complete unpacking even though we’ve been in the house for 6 weeks now. We are making progress on the unpacking front. But we’ve gone from a 1600 sq. ft. apartment to a 1200 sq. ft. house so it’s been challenging to find space inside the house for everything and decide which items get demoted to the garage/storage shed or get donated altogether.

But we haven’t been total slackers. During our non-working/non-traveling/non-socializing hours we’ve been splitting our time between unpacking and continuing to work on the house.

To keep everything in perspective, I made a list of what we’ve done and I have to admit that we’ve accomplished a lot so far. Here’s a breakdown room-by-room:

Blue Room

  • Repaired serious lath & plaster cracks
  • Primed & painted it blue (duh!)
  • Painted trim & doors
  • Painted ceiling
  • Fancied up the baseboards
  • Pulled up carpet
  • Pulled up vinyl found under the carpet
  • Installed wood floor

Red Room

  • Primed & painted it red (duh again)
  • Painted trim & some of the doors (reminds me that we still need to paint & reinstall the closet door we removed when the floor was refinished. Note to self: find that door, last seen in garage)
  • Fancied up the baseboards
  • Refinished hardwood floor


  • Replaced shiny gold faucet (I’m not a gold fan so replacing gold XXXX will be a recurring theme in this house)
  • Removed huge water filtration system
  • Installed soap dispenser

Dining Room

  • Replaced shiny gold locks & doorknob (wasn’t meant to be done so soon, but when it’s your main entrance and your key stops working…)

Living Room

  • Purchased new tv stand (hey – shopping counts as work!)

Hall Bathroom

  • Nothing yet besides unpacking & organizing

Red Room Bathroom

  • Can’t even claim unpacking since boxes are being stored there. But it is now possible to get to the shower so that’s progress.


  • Primed & painted ceiling
  • Started to patch major hole
  • In process of fancying up baseboards
  • Painted trim
  • Installed wood floor

Laundry Room

  • Installed utility sink


  • Never-ending quest to tame the overgrown front & back yards
  • Found source of water under the house & had it fixed
  • Replaced driveway sump pump
  • Fixed numerous sections where drainage pipes weren’t actually draining (note to previous owners: it helps to actually connect these things and to remember gravity’s effect on the flow of water)
  • Set up compost bin
  • Ran electricity under house for future crawl space sump pump
  • Installed light in crawl space for future sump pump work
  • Halfway done digging around the house to remove the soil that’s up against the wood siding

So considering that we took possession of the house 10 weeks ago, I guess that’s not a bad list of accomplishments. It’s just hard to see that sometimes with all of those freakin’ unpacked boxes staring at me.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>