Is it weird that every January I sit down and write a list of things that I want to do to the house over the course of that year? I’m hoping that you all shook your head and decided that it wasn’t weird at all because today I’m going to share this year’s house goals list with you. 😉
Before I share my list, I’ll tell you why I do it shall I? I write a list of things I want to get done around the house and then whenever we have some spare money (which isn’t often) then I can choose something from the house goals list to spend it on. We also put money aside each month to go towards the bigger things although we’re usually quite easily distracted from our goals though – last years new carpet savings were spent on a holiday to Milan. I’m hoping that sharing my house goals with you will make me feel a bit more accountable and that this year, we’ll get as much as we can from our list ticked off.
So, what’s on my house goals list for 2018?
A carpet for Miss Frugal’s bedroom
First up is a recent addition to the house goals list thanks to an escapee puppy who somehow hurdled his playpen walls and decided he was hungry for a bit of carpet.
Sorry for the blurry photo, it was Miss Frugal who came home to this delightful discovery! We’ve had order a replacement straight away because (a) it looks terrible and (b) the door doesn’t open and close properly now so the new carper will be here sometime in the next week. Definitely, one we could have done without!
Replace the downstairs and stairs carpets
I’ve been saying this for ages but this year really will be the year that we’ll replace the living room, hall and stairs carpets as they’re so desperately in need of replacing. We couldn’t afford great carpets when we moved into our house and we’ve never got around to replacing the cheap ones that we did get so you can imagine how badly they need replacing now! We got so close to saving the money for them last year when we found a bargain holiday to Milan so we did that instead and although I don’t regret that at all, I’m determined that we won’t do that this year.
Treat ourselves to a new front door
We don’t have a UPVC plastic door as we wanted a nice wooden door when we moved in but I do regret that now as the door we have has a temperamental lock as well as looking grubby and being very drafty. This year we are definitely going to get a new door but we can’t agree on what we want as Mr Frugal wants a standard white style UPVC door but I want something a bit prettier. In my head I want this…
And I also want to be one of those people with a pretty little house sign like this one:
I think once we’ve agreed on a front door then I’ll spend some time designing my own front door sign with someone like Signomatic as I’ve just spent the last half an hour playing about with their customisable signs. I’ll match the sign to the door style and colour and with some added outdoor plants, I think the front of the house will be transformed.
A bedroom makeover for our bedroom
Our bedroom is always the lowest of priorities when it comes to house goals but a couple of years ago I painted a feature wall in a really deep plum and I’ve regretted it since the day I did it. My goal for our bedroom is to freshen it up with white walls, some more storage and a new, larger bed.
I can probably paint the walls in a weekend although goodness knows how many coats the plum paint will take to cover with white but it’ll be worth it as it will make a huge difference.
New wardrobes for the kids
We want to replace the kid’s wardrobes and have our eyes on some great ones from Ikea that aren’t that expensive. I suspect that this is going to be low down the priorities list for Mr Frugal due to the fact that they are flatpack and will need building.
I know it’s not the best looking piece of furniture but for £60 I think it will be just what they need – it’s just the building it that concerns me. 😉
New Dining Room Table
Our table is lovely but it’s definitely seen better days – it’s a bit scratched and a more than a little wobbly so as much as I love it, I think a replacement is in order.
Summer House / Garage Conversion
I need somewhere to work where I can spread out and not have to pack up when it’s time for tea every day. 😉 I’m torn between converting the garage and getting a Summerhouse in the back garden – both can be done quite cheaply but by the time you had all the extras on they work out much more expensive so I keep going backwards and forwards between the two.
What are your house goals for this year?
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