Last year I returned to annual home goals with some pretty big projects (garage, mudroom, treehouse). It was motivating and fun, and I’m looking forward to more this year (though some lower budget projects, as I’m also rebuilding our savings).
Here is what’s on my list for 2022.
The mudroom ended 2021 as pretty much a blank slate. It had a fresh coat of paint, but no decor and storage was pretty makeshift. Built-ins are still the plan for this room (the ones below would be perfect, thanks), but they’re down the road a little ways. For now, I’m looking for some make-it-work-but-less-makeshift storage and some pretty finishing touches for the room. First up, painting some dressers.
The garage landscaping will likely be our big project of the year. I’d like to pave the driveway and add a patio and some steps for the mudroom and living room (like the beautiful stone steps below). This project will require some professional help. The DIY portion will be spreading some topsoil and grass seed around the garage. Matt’s Dad bought me a load of topsoil for Christmas, so we’re ready to go as soon as the snow melts.
Plan for the worst
Natural disasters and personal tragedies throw people’s lives into chaos every year. I want to protect Ellie and me and the farm, as much as possible. Some of the things on my list for this year include digitizing important documents, making a household inventory, packing a go bag, updating my will, and streamlining our finances. (This book has tips to address all of these and more.) These are not fun tasks, but I know they will give me peace of mind.
It’s been very special to connect with the woman whose family first owned this farm, and I’m looking forward to learning more from her. I’d also like to go farther back in the farm’s history and learn more about the Indigenous people who lived in this area and do more to acknowledge their history. This beautiful book that I received for Christmas has been very inspiring.
The pond shore returns for its annual appearance on this list. This year, I’m hoping to continue to clear the shore toward the creek and finally build a little bridge across.
Hope springs eternal for the vegetable garden. Ellie has picked some things she’d like to grow this year, and I’m hoping that interest translates into more time in the garden. I feel like I learned a good lesson last year: the garden–even if I achieve a low maintenance level–needs attention. Fingers are crossed that I give it more of that attention this year.
Our beautiful big barn. I love this barn, and I want to preserve it. There are a few cracks in the foundation and a few leaky spots on back roof. I’ve had some people out to look at the foundation, and their assessment has been that the barn is in pretty good shape. Though they’ve also provided me quotes to restore the foundation, and the estimates are expen$$$$$ive in the extreme. One thing I can do is eavestrough. This will be a relatively inexpensive way help to ensure water runs away and protect the structure.
I am excited by what we have planned for this year, and I’m looking forward to sharing more with all of you.
These are some great projects! Some will be exciting; others will help you sleep. You did so well on last year’s projects! That must feel pretty good.
I don’t even know when it comes to projects. I had so many at our old place, then we had to move so unexpectedly that it feels kind of weird and empty now. They were just lopped off, wherever they were (or weren’t) in the process. I’ve been working my butt off getting us unpacked and settled into the new place, but it’s not the same kind of project nursery that the old place was. Once we’ve got the unpacking and decorating done, which it mostly is, the only thing is someday repainting in the same colour that it already is. Not super inspiring! Maybe I’ll join Shae outside more than usual because the garden is more of a blank slate.
I guess a different kind of project I need to turn my attention to is to build my business so I am making more money. That is something that needs to happen but it doesn’t feel quite the same. I need to build a website, for example. None of it feels exciting, unfortunately. Oh well! Life is like that. Sometimes you just need to get on with it.
You’ve had a lot of changes. It is an adjustment in a lot of ways. If you can find small things to inspire you, they may help you tackle the “big picture.” Thank you for always being so encouraging.