I was thinking a lot of us probably celebrate thanksgiving in our homes and might want to be thinking towards making things nice for thanksgiving or even the winter holidays. So maybe we should start a holiday (of your choice) to do list thread.
We normally go to my BIL's for t'giving, but this year we're thinking of inviting some people over. And we almost never have people over any more, mostly because the house is an embarrassment. There are two problems with our house -- the fact that it hasn't always been all that clean AND the fact that our stuff is mostly pretty crappy. I've been working on both, but I think there's a lot left to do before I'll feel great about having people over. (Part of this is actually working on coming to terms with the fact that our home does not have to look like everyone else's. A lot of our friends are through Milo's school where everyone is apparently made of money. lol So, if I let myself compare, it leads to trouble.) If we don't end up doing thanksgiving (ie, if the friends we'd like to have over have other plans) I'm thinking I'll still try to have a little get together later that weekend.
So, anyway, I am going to start a to do list, but I will add to this as I go:
-- paint as much of the house as possible, but at least the living and dining areas
-- get a new dining table and chairs (dh and I are thinking we'll put our traveling money into this, since we won't be flying to the east coast this year)
-- WALL ART! we have none as of now, other than some kid pics that could be done better (they were printed on our black and white printer, gah!)
-- figure out how to remove and redo caulking in kitchen and bathroom (it looks so TERRIBLE now, there's a long strip in the kitchen that has mold behind it and is sooooo ugly!)
-- curtains for living and dining room (I've collected a ton of batiks for this, but I'm waiting till we have some money to order some mustard colored linen I'm in love with which will be the main fabric)
-- throw pillows (our new couches came with a ton of nice cushy pillows that aren't really my style, so I'm going to make covers for them)
-- finish recovering IKEA chair, finally
Okay, well, that is a lot for not quite a month. Thanksgiving is on the 24th this year, so that's like 26 days! I'm am going to buy some paint the very minute dh gets paid! :)