My Home Goals for 2020

How many of you set goals for yourself each year? I’ll be honest that I LOVE to set goals for myself both personally and professionally – and setting goals for making our home a place that we love is no different.

In the past I’ve always set some goals at the beginning of the year and then kind of willy-nilly tried to get them done. I wasn’t very accountable to making a plan and checking them off the list. So, this year I’m going to do things a little bit differently.

In my personal life, I know that I can handle 3 top goals each day. And I only give myself 3 top goals each month as well. Soooo…. I’ve decided to only choose 3 top goals from my home to-do list. And then re-evaulate every 3 months. This sounds super slow-going on “paper,” but I think it will actually help me accomplish them faster and more efficiently. I won’t feel overwhelmed or lose my focus. At least that’s the hope, anyway. 😜

Thoughts on My Old House & Making Goals There

I thought I’d share how I did on my goals in 2019. I have had several items that were on my goals list for years, and I think I realized why when we moved.

First reason: I never could pull the trigger on any major renovations because I knew we wouldn’t be there for long. I was always watching the market for just the right house to move into, and it was always on my radar. So, I hated the idea of pouring a ton of money into a house and then leaving it.

For example: I had wanted to upgrade the kitchen in our old house since we moved in. But I never thought we would stay in that home for the long haul. I shared more about it in my moving story, but we bought our previous home as a foreclosure to get into the neighborhood we wanted to be in.

Second reason: I felt like the renovations I wanted to do would be over-building the neighborhood. Looking back, after seeing the market and the homes that were selling fastest in our neighborhood, I think it would have been fine. But I didn’t want to put a bunch of money in, sell our home and never recoup a fraction of the money we spent.

I know there is a lot to be said for fixing up your home so that you will enjoy it while you live there, even if it’s not forever, but I just couldn’t do it.

Now that we’re in a home that we plan to stay in for decades, I am totally invested in making major changes. And we don’t have to worry about over-building this neighborhood because we are surrounded by much nicer homes than ours. It will not be hard to recoup the money we put into this home.

Looking Back at 2019’s Home Goals

These are the goals I shared at the beginning of 2019, and I give myself a grade each year. This year’s comments are in italics.

1. Living Room. Grade D-

I’m definitely going to build that coffee table and end table this year. I bought a table saw on sale at Christmas and will put it to good use this year. I’d love to get a new couch this year, too, but we’ll see if it’s in the budget!

  • Change out the rug. (I bought this “vintage” distressed rug in 2018.)
  • Buy chairs to flank the fireplace. {As you can see in my summer mantel post. [above]}
  • Build a coffee table – Nope, I never took the table saw out of the box.
  • Build an end table – Never did this either!
  • I’d love to replace our couch as well, but I don’t see that happening in 2018.

2020 Thoughts: That table saw is still sitting in a box in my garage. I WILL unbox it and use it in 2020. 😂 And we DID buy a new couch last summer, but it took so long to be delivered that we had it delivered to the new house in December 2019.

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The living room in my previous home.

2. Fireplace. Grade F

  • Spruce it up with a reclaimed beam mantel
  • Add some architectural details
  • Do something with the beige tile.

2020 Thoughts: I didn’t want to do anything drastic to the fireplace since I wanted to sell the house. I’m glad I left this alone for the next home owners to dress up and make their own.

3. Girls’ Bathroom. Grade: A+

We only have 2 bathrooms in our home: the master bath and the girls’/guest bath. I painted the cabinets in there and decorated it several years ago, but I never loved the color scheme AT ALL. It’s just not me, but I was trying to use some prints that I got from my great-grandmother. I’d like to make it pink and girly and fun for the girls, so a mini makeover is swirling around in my head!

  • Paint the walls
  • Change out the art
  • Add some cute girly elements!

2020 Thoughts: I can say that I nailed this one with a complete makeover! I knew I wanted to give this bathroom some personality, and I did! I was my highlight project of 2019 and I am super proud of how it turned out. Now to make their new bathroom as fun!

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4. Guest Bedroom & Office. Grade F

Gracious. This room has felt like the slowest moving process. I finally have my desk that I love and a great office chair, but I’m still lacking some major storage. We also took the bed out of here for my youngest daughter to sleep on since we moved her out of the crib. I’ve always wanted a day bed with a trundle in the guest bedroom. I am trying to work that purchase into the budget this year. Fingers crossed we’ll get it soon!

2020 Thoughts: I never did any of these things because I needed the whole room for my office. Hence why we bought a new house with a dedicated office and it’s own guest bedroom. 😜

5. Master Bedroom.

It’s time for a refresh in this room as well. I still love our bedding, but I don’t love our furniture, except for our nightstand that I made over almost 7 years ago. I still love them! But it’s time to get a new, real bed, instead of a headboard I made and a metal frame. We’re (almost) in our 40’s and it’s time to have a grown-up bed.

  • Change out the art above the bed.
  • Purchase a new bed.
  • Change out the lamps.
  • Paint the currently dark wood furniture. (This will probably take some convincing, but we’ll see. #wishmeluck)

2020 Thoughts: I did change out the lamps and we got new beds and a new rug, but otherwise didn’t cross anything else off this list.

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My 2020 Home Goals

It would be easy for me to make a huge list of things that need to be done in every room of our new house. Because truth be told, it ALL needs to be changed. If nothing more than the paint colors, I will be changing every single space in this home at some point over the next 5-10 years. I have huge visions and am so excited. BUT, I’ve committed to focusing on 3 things each quarter and then regrouping every quarter to re-assess and make new goals.

So, for this 3 months, this is what I’ll be focusing on:

1. Paint! Paint, paint and more paint!!

I will need to paint every wall space in this home at some point. But my first goals will start with painting these spaces:

  • The kitchen, entry way, hallways, butler’s pantry, hall closet alcove, stairwell, upstairs loft and upstairs hallway are all connected and will be painted the same color, so I want them all painted ASAP. I’ve been sharing that process already in Instagram stories.
  • The dining room
  • My office
  • Maybe the living room. I still can’t figure out an idea for a color in there, so we’ll see if I can choose one and get that painted.

This covers the majority of the downstairs, except for the laundry room and our master bedroom and bathroom. Those will wait for another time.

The kitchen in our new home that needs all new paint! Home Goals 2020
My kitchen will be painted first!

2. Light Fixtures.

I want to replace the lights in most every room. But first, I’m tackling:

  • Hallway light. It was removed in the move-in process in order to be able to move things upstairs, and we never put it back. I’m going to put a beautiful brass sconce there! Can’t wait!
  • Entry light. I have an idea of what I want, but just need to find it and buy it.
  • Add an overhead light in the office.
Entry way in new house with brown hardwood floors.
This entry space will get a new light!

3. The Office.

I feel a little bit selfish working on my office before any other room, but it’s my command central FOR working on the rest of the house. So, I want to have it done first because 1) it is hard for me to be creative in a space I don’t love and 2) it’s one of the first rooms you see when you walk into my home.

  • Finish organizing the space
  • Paint the walls Shoji White (Sherwin Williams) – see my favorite white paints colors here.
  • Add an overhead light (see above)
  • Add blinds to the french doors (I think I want bamboo blinds.)
  • Remove old curtains & buy and hang new curtains
  • Rug (I’m cheating, because I already have this in place. Haha! I bought this one when we moved in.)
  • Make panels for the back of the desk
  • Style the bookshelves
  • Order or DIY art for behind the desk and other wall
  • Hang calendar and art behind the desk
Feminine office with lime green walls and desk in the middle of the room.
My office is the first thing you see when you walk into my home.
Lime green feminine office with built-in bookshelves.
These built-in bookshelves are a dream come true and I can’t wait to style them!

Bonus #4. DIY Dishwasher Panel. I’m adding a bonus goal, because it NEEDS to be done, probably first thing. I bought this dishwasher because the one that came with the house broke the first time we tried to use it and it was 17 years old. So, building a custom panel for the dishwasher is probably the first thing I’ll do!

Ahhh!!! That feels so good to get that on paper and know that I’m only focusing on these three (or four) areas for the next 12 weeks. It will help me get them accomplished, because instead of feeling like I need to make a dining room table, coffee table, dishwasher door panel, desk panels and more, I know I just have to do a few of them!

I’d love to hear about your home goals in the comments! What will you be accomplishing this year??

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  1. I love the light fixture that you have in the entry way!! I realize not your taste, so changing the things that bug you most is half the battle!!!

  2. Confession time…my son got married and left home almost three years ago. His room quickly became the catch all room. Finally making progress and it feels great. I have pictures of it pre-clean out that I thought I would post in my blog later on when I finish the redo of the room but I was greatly intimidated to allow anyone to see that MESS. After seeing your post it makes me feel better to know that I’m not the only one with a catch all room (even though mine was far worse than yours). Thanks for sharing and for the shot of encouragement.

  3. So jealous of your office! I know you will so love transforming your new space to make it your own! I’ve been in my house for 11 years and started changing out the builder basic stuff in every room so far *except* my entry/living/kitchen areas as I wanted to get more practice with my DIY skills in the lesser spaces before tackling the big main area. This year it’s gonna happen though! I’m trimming out windows, puting in casing around doors and openings, PAINTING the whole massive space and doing board and batten, tongue and groove accent walls and new light fixtures. I’m super excited to finally be tackling our main living area! Watching you do the same transformation will surely keep me inspired!!

  4. You are very wise to only set 3/4 goals for yourself since you just moved into your dream fixer upper. I can’t wait to see your progress and updates.

  5. What brand is the shoji white paint you will be using? Can’t wait to see your results and I love, love the idea of every 3 month goals! I think I’ll try that instead of listing it all at once! Good luck and happy decorating

  6. Sounds like a great list. Paint makes such a huge difference and is so doable!!! I can’t wait to see it at the end of three months. 😊

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