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My Massive Home To-Do List

Over the weekend, I realized that the running home to-do list I’ve been keeping in my head has been getting a little out of control: time to get something on (virtual) paper! The following projects are ones I hope to get to ideally within the next year, though I know that realistically (budget- and time-wise) there will be things we will need to skip. But it’s a place to start! My idea is to reference this list each month and set a goal or two in each area outlined below — projects, organizing, and decorating. When I am short on funds, I can always pick more from the organizing list, or tackle a low-cost DIY from the projects list. If I do a few things each month, I should be able to have all of this done by the end of next summer! Here we go…


  • Paint porch
  • Remove vinyl from porch railings (can this be done?)
  • Paint front door
  • Put on fox door knocker
  • Replace & repair porch lights
  • Paint Bixby’s bedroom furniture
  • Paint bedrooms
  • Paint bottom hall stairwell
  • Make slipcover for polka dot chair
  • Move & hang new dining room light fixture
  • Stain basement coffee table a darker hue
  • Cover craft table with oilcloth
  • Move my office to basement
  • Drill holes for cords in media center
  • Hang fabric to hide unfinished wall behind basement bookcase
  • Finish landscaping front yard
  • Create garden paths in backyard
  • Repair driveway
  • Paint over brass fireplace hardware
  • Put laundry room door on tracks
  • New roof — !


  • Outdoor rugs
  • Porch planters
  • Patio planters
  • Patio umbrella
  • New house numbers
  • Kitchen chalkboard
  • Wall-mounted magnetic knife holder
  • New tea kettle + Chemex coffee pot
  • Wood cutting board
  • Entry furniture — ??
  • Play table + chairs for Bix
  • Mirror over mantel
  • Living room rugs (layered?)
  • Art, photo prints, and frames
  • Couch pillows and throw
  • Additional living room lighting — ??
  • Curtains and rods for bedroom
  • New duvet cover/coverlet and shams
  • Basket or tray for top of washer


  • Clothes closets
  • Expedit shelves and bins
  • Bixby’s toy closet
  • Dressers
  • Cabinet by front door
  • Pantry
  • Kitchen cupboards and drawers
  • Closet by back door
  • Bottom of stairs closet
  • Craft cupboard
  • Media center
  • “Deep” storage closet
  • Outdoor tools

Whew. I feel better just getting that out there! I’m curious: do you have a lengthy mental list of home to-dos? Or is it just me? xo Laura

p.s. — I’ll come back here periodically and cross things off my list…because that’s the best part, right!?

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  • Mary August 29, 2013, 11:59 am

    Oh gosh I can relate to this. Yes! We are constantly writing lists of everything we want to do around the house. As long as I feel like I’m accomplishing things on a fairly regular basis, I can do without the lists – they can overwhelm me. But it does feel nice to check things off! Good luck with all this!
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  • Elisabeth O. August 29, 2013, 4:40 pm

    We have a list this long for every room in our house! Although I think it will take us much longer than a year to get it all done!

  • Jessica August 29, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Try putting all your tasks on a helper app and see how wonderful it feels.
    I’m using 24me and I’m sorting my tasks by labels and it helps me keep organized and more importantly, relives the stress.

  • Michelle September 9, 2013, 9:59 pm

    It can be really daunting with a massive to do list like that but it is the best feeling to tick them off 1 by 1 as you work through them!
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