to do list

1 Feb

I’m a list girl. I love lists. I love the organization, I love the act of crossing things off my list, I’m seriously all about the list. Chris is the same way. He’ll even have me write something on his list after he’s done it just so he can cross it off. We just love the sense of accomplishment. And I find that a list will propel me to remain task-at-hand-focused (I often tend to jump from one project to another before I’ve finished the previous one). That and I can’t remember jack if I don’t write it down.

Anyway, I’ve had some people say how can you POSSIBLY have anything else to do?! Aren’t you done yet? Haven’t you repainted every room at least 3 times? What on Earth do you have left to do? Well, I’m glad you asked. And yes, I repainted the kitchen 4 times. It just wasn’t right. I’m OCD. Don’t judge.

Here we go.


  • Top of dishwasher –basically, if you push the dishwasher, like if you lean on, it slides back into the surround. You have to wiggle it out every so often because of not, the door rubs against the sides of the cut-out. It’s super annoying. And you can see the brackets where it was installed, it hasn’t been covered up yet.
  • counter trim around stove –the ends of the counter are still bare, this would be a 5 minute job if I could pull the stove out by myself (Chris are you reading this?)
  • file side counter near phone –we put the trim on the end of the counter, but I didn’t finish filing it smooth. You were supposed to use a metal file, I used a nail file. Fail.
  • ceiling –I told you about the ceiling MONTHS ago, and it still isn’t finished. I’ll explain more on that later this week.
  • lights (drop boxes) –need the electrician for this one. SO not dealing with that crap again.
  • baseboard molding –started but not finished.
  • paint laundry room ceiling –I thought I wanted it green to match the walls, so I painted some of it green. Then I thought white, now I’m not sure. When I figure it out, I’ll finish that.
  • touch up paint on ceiling vent
  • bar leg –ok this one is so stupid. The leg that holds the end of the counter up isn’t the right size, it doesn’t go all the way to the floor and wasn’t installed properly so it’s crooked. Sometimes it falls out.
  • seal window –it gets condensation all over it when it’s humid outside and the air conditioner is on. Probably ought to take a look at that.
  • door seal –Luke strikes again. We’ve replaced the weather strip in between the French doors three times. Luke apparently doesn’t like it. If we don’t get him as soon as he wants in, he scratches at the door and because he’s a rhino, it tears up the door seal.
  • make curtain for washer and dryerCHECK! Pictures coming soon.


(you can read all about the plumbing nightmares here and here)

  • crown molding
  • floor molding
  • molding around tub surround (hide screws) –the tub surround was screwed in place instead of glued, so we have to cover the screws. Haven’t figured out a good solution to that yet.
  • caulk sink –can’t do this until the plumbing is done
  • spackle/paint over door –I ran out of spackle in the bathroom and haven’t gone back to finish it
  • door trim/fix door –when the plumber was doing her whole “Destroy my house thing” she ripped off the door trim because it was “easier”. She did not get a Christmas card this year.
  • reface tub –same awesome plumber left the tub surround outside when we were waiting a month for her to come back and finish the job and it was damaged. Half of it is yellow, half of it is white.
  • drain cover in tub –yet another thing the plumber didn’t do
  • replumb sink –are you seeing a pattern? This one is actually kinda funny. When the kids use too much soap, the bubbles squirt out of the pipes underneath the sink. Well, I think it’s funny. Chris not so much. It doesn’t leak water, just bubbles.
  • paint ceiling
  • screws on toilet –I think we lost the little things that cover up the screws. They’re probably still in the plumber’s pocket.


  • trim in bedroom –I think I’m repainting, so I haven’t finished the trim yet
  • tile bathtub surround –we have a tub wall, but it sucks. We’d rather have tile. This one is a loooooong shot though. Sounds like a lot more than we want to spend right now.
  • window covering in bathroom –fortunately, the window overlooks the backyard, otherwise the neighbors would be getting a show!
  • replace drain in tub –we have the most awful drain. It’s one of the pull up kind, and it’s ALWAYS clogged. Liquid Plumber doesn’t touch it.
  • floor trim
  • crown molding
  • screws on toilet –same as in the kids’ bathroom. Can’t find those covers!


(did you miss the awesome living room transformation? You can find that here)

  • baseboard trim –we aren’t sure if we want to replace it completely or just add some quarter round to fill in the gap between the current molding and the floor.
  • install lights –we have two holes in the ceiling for recessed lights. Everything is all hardwired, we just need to have the electrician come back and install them.
  • replace white pillows on couchCHECK! I got the best pillows from Pottery Barn. I’m hoping they’re here this week. And yes, they were on sale and I got free shipping.


  • fix doorbell –I was so excited to have a door bell when we bought this house. It hasn’t worked since we moved in.
  • lawn –the dust bowl/mud pit  WILL be gone this spring.
  • door knobs –they used to be gold, then I tried to spray paint them all a brushed silver to match the new ones we bought and they look like crap. So they need to all be replaced.
  • replace kids’ blinds –they have the old plastic blinds, we’re replacing them with the faux wood ones like in the living room.
  • check attic for bats –y’all. There was a bat. In the kitchen. Hanging from the track lighting. Is there really anything else to say?
  • dryer vent –needs the little cover thingy on the outside. Yeah, I really don’t know what that is either, but Chris said it needs to be done.
  • fix couch legs –awhile back one of the legs fell off the couch and Chris “built” new ones (he stacked little bits of wood all nailed in together). Believe it or not, they’re not holding up real well. Who knew?
  • paint exterior –we’re tackling that this summer.

So that’s about it…I think. It seems like a never-ending list. For as much as I love lists, it’s also frustrating to have a house to do list. When we cross one thing off, we add two more things. I long for the day when there are no more projects and I can just relax and not feel like I’m slacking off because I’m not working on the list. In those times I just say…woosah.

(This is NOT kid appropriate.)


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