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post #101 of 139
Sigh...I'm looking in my crystal ball and seeing more "hold over items" on the way! I did sew up a ton of beanbags though...I can't believe I've already got a half dozen holiday gifts done! It's not even October yet and the "toddlers" are taken care of. Sweet.

I hope to cross off a few more items tonight though...the porch ceiling is half way there (primed and waiting for the primer to dry), the door is cleaned and will be frosted after dinner, I found the art to hang but need to locate the studs and drive the hooks! So fingers crossed there will be a few things done by the dawn of the new week.
post #102 of 139
I have done N-O-T-H-I-N-G on my list this week and I leave town for an indefinite period a week from Monday, so I don't know that I'll get anything done next week either.

Maybe I'll take a look at my list tomorrow and try for a few things, at least.
post #103 of 139
So I peeked ahead... master bedroom, huh? We co-sleep and have a family bedroom so our "master" is pretty crowded. And being a 100+ year old house there isn't a lot of room in there anyway! Still, it could use some work:

Week Four: Master Bedroom
--rearrange beds (one queen for DH, dd2, me and one toddler bed for dd1) DONE
--rearrange furniture DONE
--dust
--clean woodwork
--vacuum and mop
--empty closet and stock with "winter clothes" (the closet is dd2's) DONE
--go through dresser and restock for winter (the dresser is my stuff) DONE
--move dd1's bed rail DONE
--clean windows
--wash curtains
--remove window a/c unit DONE
--winter film windows

Since BOTH dds just fell asleep (!) I'm going to get started.

The dread "carry over" list:
Week One: Front Porch
--wash down porch pillers and railings (sorry spiders!) DONE
--dump and refill dd's sandbox with clean sand (and no "china" toys) DONE
--remove garden produce (super sized zucchini must be processed!) DONE
--clean porch chairs and table DONE
--remove dead stems from hanging ivy plants DONE
--install new porch light fixture (has been sitting in a box on the porch for months)DONE
--finish painting porch ceiling (has been half done for over a year) DONE
--sand & stain front door (another "over a year and still not done" job)
--find a new welcome mat

Front Garden:
--trim holly bushes DONE
--remove dead stalks from hostas DONE
--tie up climbing rose DONE
--secure loose downspout

Week Two: Living Room
--organize dvd collection DONE
--remove visible clutter, organize shelves DONE
--dust shelves and remaining "nick nacks" DONE
--wipe down couch, armchair, ottoman, side tables DONE
--clean windows and glass on the entertainment unit DONE
--clean molding and woodwork (ick, I hate doing this!) DONE
--paint dd's toy storage dressers
--install anaglypta ceiling paper
--clean out ceiling lamp shade
--wash curtains and steam clean rug DONE
--mop floors DONE
--wash bamboo blinds DONE
--reduce dd's toy collection, organize her books/art supplies DONE

Week Three: Foyer/Entry
--frost glass in the front door DONE
--clean woodwork (ugh) DONE
--clean staircase, especially between the spindles DONE
--weed out summer shoes/"dead" shoes from shoe tray DONE
--vacuum rug and upholstered benchDONE, mop floor
--organize dd's art table DONE
--clean windows DONE
--repair holes in wall (made when we re-wired)
--cover ceiling with anaglypta
--change seasonal decorations on our "family welcome altar" DONE
--find proper homes for the clutter that washes up in the foyer DONE
--hang some sort of art on the stairwell wall
--move piano to foyer (a real maybe on this one)

post #104 of 139
Thread Starter 
Yep, it's master bedroom time! (And I haven't done much of anything for the living room still ... I might have to switch out living room for one of the rooms I don't have)

My list:
Organize mounds of books.
Clean under the bed and set up underbed storage.
Organize Nightstands
Have SH organize his music collection.
Wash drapes.
Put up weather sealing.
Vacuum.
Transfer clothes from dresser to chest.
post #105 of 139
Week One:
I'm still working on most of my lists::
Gifts and budget √ completed
Christmas Card List √ in process
Parties/Entertaining √ completed
Halloween Party Menu √ completed
Christmas Menu
Thanksgiving Menu
Weekend after Thanksgiving Menu
Goodies for Giving (and who to give to) √ completed
Frozen Meals list (love this idea for Christmas eve and the day before Thanksgiving!)
Goodies to Give Shopping list √ completed
Shopping list for each menu
Shopping list for things to make
Decorations to make
Supplies for gifts and decorations to make
REALISTIC list of home to-do before Thanksgiving √ completed

Front Porch:
1. Complete edging front beds

Week Two:
8. STEAM CLEAN CARPET!!! √ completed
10. Throw pillows?? √ in process
13b. upholster chair to match sewing table

Week Three:
Entry:
1. Sort and organize sewing closet (DH has promised that if I empty this closet, he will install a desk for my serger and embroidery machine)
2. Hang pictures from the box in the sewing closet √ completed
3. Find picture for entry wall √ completed
4. Paint Front door black
5. Wash door mat
6. Hang fall/Halloween wreath (YIPEE! ) √ completed
7. Scrape label residue off of storm door
8. Finish edging beds

Holiday Prep:
1. Complete Holiday Goody list √ completed
1b. make one batch of Holiday Goodies. √ completed four batches
2. Make one extra meal for freezer again labeled HOLIDAY MEAL
3. Locate supplies for extended family gifts √ completed
3b. begin work on those.
4. Complete Halloween party menu √ completed
4b. make invite list √ in process
4c. choose date √ completed
4d. begin work on invitations
5. Locate Halloween decorations

Master Bed/Bath list ()
1. Rearrange and declutter bookshelves
2. Clean and dust bookshevles, computer desk, nightstands, baseboards and window sills
3. Have DH untangle the computer cable knot
4. Replace surge protector
5. Declutter my nightstand drawers
6. Declutter closet shelves
7. Go through and give away clothes/shoes/bags
8. declutter linen closet
9. declutter vanity and drawers
10. freecycle exercise equipment?, critter cage
11. Break down dog kennel and wash dog bedding. put away b/c dog ran away
12. air fluff and rehang mosquito netting
13. wash curtains

Holiday Prep this week:
1. Halloween invites (must go out before I leave town)
2. Halloween party shopping list
3. Decorate for Halloween?

I don't know if I'll get any of this done before I leave next monday. I hope I don't, actually, because if my client has her baby tonight or tomorrow, I'm headed to the beach until Friday with a friend and our kids .
post #106 of 139
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Originally Posted by Charmie981 View Post
Week One:
4. Paint Front door black
I'm painting my front door black too. I've been told it will get too hot since it faces SW and has no porch. But I figure it is dark green now and gets hot - how much hotter can it get? Besides the handle stays cool.

I've also been told it isn't inviting.: (Hopefully the person who said that will stop coming over! )
post #107 of 139
Week 4 – Master Bedroom
• closet purge – (I’ve been doing a lot of this but want to eliminate even more.)
• clean light fixtures
• detail dusting
• wash baseboards √ completed
• wash wood floors √ completed
• vacuum window treatments √ completed
• wash dog beds
• organize drawers
• vacuum & air out rugs
• wash windows


Carry–over and added items:


Week 1 - Front Porch
• sand & paint the front door (This was last year’s project!)
• replace burnt out light bulbs in house lights and landscape lights
• remove or replant pots √ partially completed
• split daylilies, iris, lambs ears, & coral bells
• trim woody shrubs – will have to wait until late Sept
• install new ‘fish’ landscape light purchased at an art fair
• remove fir tree by front door


Week 2 - Living Room
• vacuum the drapes (I’ll take them down & have cleaned when we paint)
• dust ceiling fan
• frame & hang photos & artwork that have been sitting around - a lONG time!


Week 3 – Foyer/Entry
• dust mirror, pictures, bench, chair and desk
• wash the windows
• scrub grout ???
• I’d like to paint the oak parts of the staircase black – but I have too many partially completed projects already
• clean light fixtures
post #108 of 139
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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post
I've also been told it isn't inviting.: (Hopefully the person who said that will stop coming over! )
I've thought about it a lot. We've lived here for almost a year and the door is the typical "home depot white." We have khaki siding and black shutters with white windows. I'm not concerned about the heat because everything here is hot most of the year anyway. I do think the black door might end up looking like a black hole in the front of the house, but if I want a custom color (and I do!) there's really not any other color I can think of. A lot of the new houses around here have doors that are stained dark (walnut) and have 4 windows in them, with only the bottom part of the door being solid wood. I like that look, but it doesn't go with our house, so black it is.

And personally, I think any freshly painted door that's clean and maybe adorned with a wreath is inviting .
post #109 of 139
Quote:
Originally Posted by Charmie981 View Post
I've thought about it a lot. We've lived here for almost a year and the door is the typical "home depot white." We have khaki siding and black shutters with white windows. I'm not concerned about the heat because everything here is hot most of the year anyway. I do think the black door might end up looking like a black hole in the front of the house, but if I want a custom color (and I do!) there's really not any other color I can think of. A lot of the new houses around here have doors that are stained dark (walnut) and have 4 windows in them, with only the bottom part of the door being solid wood. I like that look, but it doesn't go with our house, so black it is.

And personally, I think any freshly painted door that's clean and maybe adorned with a wreath is inviting .
I agree with you that any color can be inviting. I think black and khaki or taupe looks rich.

I’m a little worried about quick fading. My husband is hesitant because we purposely purchased a door and side windows that never need to be painted. Not only is the door steel but all exposed parts of the frame and windows are powder coated metal. (We've replaced our front door four times in fifteen years! The front of the house is very flat with no overhang on the door. The harsh weather damaged the doors – plus my husband is particular and replaces things stating ‘preventative maintenance’.) We had very few colors to choose from and black was one of them. I’ve regretted choosing the dark green. Our house is a very strange color – sort of peach with white trim. I also want to paint the house, but my husband says the whole point of the stucco is that it is maintenance free. Our roof is black and gray so I’m hoping the black door will be a sort of ‘neutral’. Plus I want to paint portions of our front staircase black and I think it will tie-in. We replaced our outdoor fixtures several years ago and now I wish I w/h went w/black too. But they are sort of bronze w/cream glass.

I cannot think of any other color that would go with the peach house. (Originally it was more of a teal color. But that was fifteen years ago and would look dated now. Plus it made the house look sort of ‘tropical’.)
post #110 of 139
Peach and teal...not so good outside of Miami Beach! One of our neighbors actually has that color scheme (more pink n turquoise actually, but the same vibe).

That's a toughie. We painted our stucco (1st floor) a color called Puritan Grey and our shingles (2nd floor/attic) a deep dark green. The trim is creamy with a red accent (for example, the trim aroun d the windows is cream but the windows themselves have the red). The front porch combines the four colors. I'd love to paint the door the same red (Tropical nut) but dh wants to sand and refinish it since it's original to the house.

Apparently a red front door is supposed to attract good luck and happiness to a house and it's a look I really like.

But red and peach? I think black is a good choice...very classic!
post #111 of 139
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Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
Apparently a red front door is supposed to attract good luck and happiness to a house and it's a look I really like.
I've heard the same about a red door. I love a grey house w/a red door. I also like it when the shutters are black. I actually love black trim on a house.
I wonder what a black front door attracts?


Quote:
Originally Posted by wombatclay View Post
Peach and teal...not so good outside of Miami Beach!
Exactly...I hated the color scheme when we bought the house. But it was supposed to be a 3-5 year house until we purchased acreage and built our own. That was fifteen years ago and I think it has become our permanent home.
post #112 of 139
Here's my to-do:

Things I Need To Do:

Bedroom:
-put away clothes
-clean off dressers
-set up changing station on baby’s dresser
-put away maternity clothes/get out normal clothes
-find home for vacuum

Living Room:
-pick up clutter
-vacuum

Entryway:
-tidy up shoes √ completed
-trim fraying rug

Porch:
-get rid of dead plants
-remove clutter
-give away critter cage

Christmas Prep:
-gather homemade gift ideas
-make list of people to make/buy gifts for
-make cookie list
-Christmas card list

I also have a things I want to-do list but I know aren't pertinent and should take backseat to resting and the baby. If I have any free time I can always work on those. A girl can dream, no?
post #113 of 139
Well, I haven't made any further progress on the bedroom...if the kiddos give me 20 minutes tonight I'll get SOMETHING crossed off, I swear! But...

We finished painting the porch ceiling! And we frosted the door! Projects we started over a year ago. So I'm feeling pretty good.
post #114 of 139
I'm in! I'm starting Monday. I have to say... I am especially excited about the list of lists. DH always calls me a list-maker, in a somewhat mocking tone. Maybe it's because I rarely *use* (or complete) the lists. This thread will keep me in line, and I'm so excited!!
post #115 of 139
So even though the title of the thread is a bit off... into the next week we go!

The MASTER BATHROOM (or in my case, the only bathroom ) http://holidaygrandplan.com/master-bathroom-week
post #116 of 139
So, this is a big week for me. Our bathroom is teeny tiny itty bitty and so even a small amount of funk looks like a wreck. And when four people share a bathroom that is about 6 feet wide (width is clawfoot plus door) and 9 feet long (tub, toilet, wall!) there's more than a little mess involved!

Week Five: Bathroom
--dust from the top down DONE
--wash shower curtains
--remove nick nack clutter DONE
--weed out expired/old/unused products DONE
--purchase or make new towels
--turn old towels into rags or dipes or wipes
--scrub down walls DONE
--scrub tub, toilet, sink DONE (mostly, need to get the sink better)
--clean floor
--finish painting trim (unfinished for more than a year)
--sand and re-stain the edges of the floor (we refinished the floor last year but left a few "we'll get that later" spots)

And the carry over/done list:
Week One: Front Porch
--wash down porch pillers and railings (sorry spiders!) DONE
--dump and refill dd's sandbox with clean sand (and no "china" toys) DONE
--remove garden produce (super sized zucchini must be processed!) DONE
--clean porch chairs and table DONE
--remove dead stems from hanging ivy plants DONE
--install new porch light fixture (has been sitting in a box on the porch for months)DONE
--finish painting porch ceiling (has been half done for over a year) DONE
--sand & stain front door (another "over a year and still not done" job)
--find a new welcome mat

Front Garden:
--trim holly bushes DONE
--remove dead stalks from hostas DONE
--tie up climbing rose DONE
--secure loose downspout

Week Two: Living Room
--organize dvd collection DONE
--remove visible clutter, organize shelves DONE
--dust shelves and remaining "nick nacks" DONE
--wipe down couch, armchair, ottoman, side tables DONE
--clean windows and glass on the entertainment unit DONE
--clean molding and woodwork (ick, I hate doing this!) DONE
--paint dd's toy storage dressers
--install anaglypta ceiling paper
--clean out ceiling lamp shade
--wash curtains and steam clean rug DONE
--mop floors DONE
--wash bamboo blinds DONE
--reduce dd's toy collection, organize her books/art supplies DONE

Week Three: Foyer/Entry
--frost glass in the front door DONE
--clean woodwork (ugh) DONE
--clean staircase, especially between the spindles DONE
--weed out summer shoes/"dead" shoes from shoe tray DONE
--vacuum rug and upholstered benchDONE, mop floor
--organize dd's art table DONE
--clean windows DONE
--repair holes in wall (made when we re-wired)
--cover ceiling with anaglypta
--change seasonal decorations on our "family welcome altar" DONE
--find proper homes for the clutter that washes up in the foyer DONE
--hang some sort of art on the stairwell wall
--replace broken window pane (cracked in corner)

Week Four: Master Bedroom
--rearrange beds (one queen for DH, dd2, me and one toddler bed for dd1) DONE
--rearrange furniture DONE
--dust
--clean woodwork
--vacuum and mop
--empty closet and stock with "winter clothes" (the closet is dd2's) DONE
--go through dresser and restock for winter (the dresser is my stuff) DONE
--move dd1's bed rail DONE
--clean windows
--wash curtains
--remove window a/c unit DONE
--winter film windows

post #117 of 139
I can't believe I'm getting stuff done. Thank God for the Snuggli pack!

Things I Need To Do:

Bathroom:
-clean toilet
-scrub tub
-clean out medicine cabinet
-wipe down faucet

Bedroom:
-put away clothes √ completed
-clean off dressers *in process*
-set up changing station on baby’s dresser
-put away maternity clothes/get out normal clothes
-find home for vacuum

Living Room:
-pick up clutter √ completed
-vacuum

Entryway:
-tidy up shoes √ completed
-trim fraying rug

Porch:
-get rid of dead plants
-remove clutter *in process*
-give away critter cage

Christmas Prep:
-gather homemade gift ideas √ completed
-make list of people to make/buy gifts for *in process*
-make cookie list
-Christmas card list
post #118 of 139
I would really I love to join! I think will work on this week's list (master bath) and also work on the gift list from week 1 and the entry list from week 3. I do week 4 (master bedroom) next week when I do the kids bedroom. I'll be skipping out on alot of the stuff from the website as it is not pertinent, such as cooking extra meals for the freezer. I already do that on a regular basis, and we don't need extra holiday meals. I also don't plan on deciding menus until a week before Thanksgiving (if I end up hosting) or Christmas (which I will be hosting). We mostly make sides of whatever seasonal stuff we get from our CSA share that week. We have lots of family in the area that we have to alternate attending their gatherings but staying home on Christmas day is our new tradition. I have really enjoyed hosting for those that have attended the last 3 years.

Pretty much I just want to get my house in good order for the holidays, do a deep clean for fall and make sure to be working on my homemade gifts. I do love the idea of working on a room each week, that has always worked really well for me. We have some painting to do but I'm not sure if we will be doing in this fall. It would be great if we could!
post #119 of 139
My keyboard on my new laptop is randomly erasing what I've typed. I'll be back later to add my lists. :
post #120 of 139
I think I'm going to try to catch up rather than do the current week and past weeks together. I've printed out a ton of the pages from the site, and I'm dividing things up on the calendar. If all goes according to plan, I will be caught up with the group by next week sometime. Today is pretty booked, so I probably won't get anything done till tomorrow... I'm so excited, and I think this is really doable, especially since I was doing the one room challenges earlier this year; most of the really hard stuff is done.

Does anyone have ideas for food to freeze or things to bake? I'm very new to cooking and baking, but I want to do some. We don't have to entertain or bring anything to get-togethers, but it would be nice to have some healthy meals/baked goods around the house this season.
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