Spring Projects

Someone asked me recently if I’ve gotten the “nesting bug” yet. I don’t think I have, rather, I think I’m just in normal spring cleaning mode at this point. Each spring {and usually fall, too} Alex and I create a massive list of things to clean and projects to complete and this year is no different.

Over the last month or so we have completely re-designed and modified three of our four bedroom closets. It has allowed us to become better organized and store more of our things appropriately. This project has been a long time coming and has been paying off enormously.

{Guest room closet before was a total free-for-all with only one shelf - makes it kind of hard to stay organized!}

{Guest room closet before was a total free-for-all with only one shelf – makes it kind of hard to stay organized!}

{Shelves! Amazing concept!}

{Shelves! Amazing concept!}

{Now our guests can actually use the closet to hang their clothes if they want. It's so handy that the extra blankets are nicely displayed now. And hopefully after this weekend we'll get the outdoor cushions and pillows outdoors instead of in this closet.}

{Now our guests can actually use the closet to hang their clothes if they want. It’s so handy that the extra blankets are nicely displayed now. And hopefully after this weekend we’ll get the outdoor cushions and pillows outdoors instead of in this closet.}

{The office closet was probably the biggest transformation. I work from home and have a TON of work stuff in the closet - these cardboard shelves were great for storing educational resources, but they were falling apart and there was a vast need for better shelving.}

{The office closet was probably the biggest transformation. I work from home and have a TON of work stuff in the closet – these cardboard shelves were great for storing educational resources, but they were falling apart and there was a vast need for better shelving that didn’t bend and break.}

{We added 5 rows of shelves across the whole closet and this allowed us to use about 1/3 for personal storage and the rest for my work stuff.}

{We added 5 rows of shelves across the whole closet and this allowed us to use about 1/3 for personal storage and the rest for my work stuff.}

{Far from cute or beautiful, but definitely functional and more organized.}

{Far from cute or beautiful, but definitely functional and more organized.}

One of Alex’s recent projects has been the ceiling repair from the water damage we had from our bathroom leak. That’s been a learning experience for him, but he loves trying to fix things around the house first before just calling¬†in someone to do it for us.

{Turns out the ceiling sagged so much because there was 28" between studs in the ceiling and the drywall in the ceiling was installed with nails instead of screws. Oops!}

{Turns out the ceiling sagged so much because there was a 28″ gap between studs in the ceiling and the drywall in the ceiling was installed with nails instead of screws. Oops!}

{Now we've got a flush ceiling and all it needs is some sanding before the texture and paint get applied.}

{Now we’ve got a flush ceiling and all it needs is some sanding before the texture and paint get applied.}

Last week I took on the project of cleaning out the kitchen cabinets. I got rid of quite a lot of stuff and installed some new shelf liners. It always feels SO good to scrub the kitchen spotless! And now we have more space to fill it with baby bottles and kid stuff… hurrah!

{Ahhh fresh and clean cabinets!}

{Ahhh fresh and clean cabinets!}

Our next big projects include:

  • Preparing for the painters to come this week – we’ve got to get rid of some furniture and do some moving of other furniture to get ready for the office and downstairs to be painted and transformed. After that is done, we’ll move the TV and stuff from the media room down to the office and start working on getting the nursery set up. I expect we’ll get some new furniture in the new space, perhaps this summer.
  • Getting the outside areas ready for spring! We need to clean off our chairs and tables and set out the pillows/cushions to get our outdoor seating spaces ready to sit in once the weather turns {next week!?!?!?!!!!!}.
  • Paint/stain the front and back steps – this is becoming an annual occurrence with all of the traction, claws/paws, and mud that gets brought up the front and back stairs.
  • The yard…. I’m not quite sure what this will entail, but certainly some crabgrass elimination at a minimum. At a maximum it will include the building of a new patio. We’ll see what reality looks like down the road…
{As much as Alex and I love our new closet, the biggest fan of it is Henry cat. We made a special space for him on the shelf after noticing he was interested in that spot when there was a box there.}

{As much as Alex and I love our new closet, the biggest fan of it is Henry cat. We made a special space for him on the shelf after noticing he was interested in that spot when there was a box there.}