Since I have laid out my business goals for the year, I thought I would also share my home goals for 2012.

The Nester is hosting a link party today and it is a great place to stop by and be inspired for your own goals.

There is nothing pretty here today.

***Warning, if you can’t stand the sight of rooms / spaces that are undecorated and in a state of complete disarray, please do not continue reading!***

1. Finally re-do our home office

I can’t even believe I am showing a picture of this. It looks this way because no one works or stays in her other than to throw something in. The space just does not work for our family. I am currently working at our kitchen table.

2012 Home Goals
2012 Home Goals


When it is done, I would like the space to:

- Have a work space for me – I really prefer to have a large working surface, plus a smaller surface behind me. I also am leaning towards having a clean white work surface.
- A work space for my husband with plenty of file storage. He is much less particular about his space but has told me he prefers to keep things as open as possible.
- A homework space for both of my kids.
-A comfortable place to lounge, watch tv, play a game, do a craft.

This is probably a lot to ask of one space. It is a nice size space, but an awkward layout. I am putting on my thinking cap to use the space better.

Right now it is acting as a land of misfit furniture along with storage for the new (vintage) furniture that is staying. It all looks crazy now, but my plan is for a bright and colorful space. I want my family to be in this space together. If I am working, they can be there doing their homework or just relaxing. I want it to be a space where we WANT to be not the space that we currently avoid.

I see an Ikea trip in our future.

2. Finish our Guest Bedroom

2012 Home Goals


I would like this space to be finished off – the curtains hung, accessories added, the final zhushing to pull it together. Also, if the office is better organized with plenty of storage, maybe this space will become less of a dumping ground. It would have taken me a minute to pull all that stuff off the bed, but keeping it real. Because I don’t have a better organization system in place, this happens often.

3. Finally get my bookcases the way I want them

2012 Home Goals


When I put everything in these bookcases last year, it was at the end of our renovations and I was done. Everything got put in with some thought, but tired thought and hasn’t been touched since. I would like to get these more to my liking.

4. Outdoor Spaces

We completed a major renovation in 2010 so most of the inside of our home is where we want it. However, I will always be tweaking and moving things because I love to tweak and move things. But the outside space is going to be our biggest undertaking. Last year we did some major changes in our backyard that I haven’t really shared yet, more to come on that when the weather changes. But our front yard is a hot mess. I really don’t know what I am doing so things that I have planted really have not worked out well. It is our plan to get things in our yard, front and back to match what we have accomplished inside our house.


Of course the flatness of winter makes this look even worse,but this is what it looks like today. Not pretty.

2012 Home Goals


Oh, and something very exciting – we have to do some major work on our driveway. After 12 years, there is a big hole in the middle and the bottom is all broken up. I am not yet sure how extensive it will be so we really need to budget and plan for that. That will definitely NOT be a DIY project!

2012 Home Goals


Yup, I included a picture of the hole in the driveway – still keeping it real here!

5. A purge an organization of the following spaces:

Hall closet
Guest Bedroom Closet
Mudroom cabinets
Kitchen cabinets

Upstairs hall closet. Which, is so darn small I am not sure it really is a closet!

Sorry, I am not including pictures of all those spaces today, but they are on my list.

January 11, 2012 — Laura Putnam