January has been a busy month for me, and while I haven’t done every single assignment for the January Cure like I have done in the past, here’s a look back at what I have accomplished around the house:

We got the closet doors hung up in the guest room and cleaned it up a bit:

Guest Room Closet

Cleaned Guest Room

The kitchen got a good cleaning:

Clean Kitchen is a Happy Kitchen

So did the living room:

Living & Dining Room

As did the master bedroom:

Master Bedroom

Of course there is always more to do, but I really am happy with how far this house has come in the two, now going on three years, we’ve been here. Now this weekend I can relax (and start on my taxes – hah)!


Today my childhood dog, Chewie past away. My parents made the decision to put him to sleep after discovering his body was riddled with tumors. He had been slowly suffering the last few months, and these past couple weeks his health drastically deteriorated to the point where he was vomiting and choking this morning; x-rays revealed the tumors, so my parents decided it was best to end his suffering.

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. T

I’ll miss him running up the driveway with us every time we’d come to visit. I’ll miss him barking at us to get his treat because he didn’t run out the gate. And I’ll miss watching him run with my two dogs. One day I’ll see him again at the Rainbow Bridge.


Last week I finally got around to emptying a couple of boxes that had stuff in it from when we got the flooring put in, so I had a nice big box that was perfect for being the outbox this month.

The Outbox

In addition to that, we got a notice for a donations pickup on the 22nd, so all we’ll have to do is drag our outbox to the curb that morning.

Wednesday’s assignment was to purge the pantry, but I tend to stay pretty on top of my pantry since it’s small and I use it quite often. If anything I’m running a little low on things, so a pantry-related shopping trip will be in order soon.

10 Minute Mini Meditation & Pick a Project – We didn’t budget a whole lot for household expenses this month (thanks Christmas and birthdays), so any projects we get done this month are going to be little to no cost. The one that definitely stands out as needing some attention is the closet for the guest room.

The Guest Closet

It’s been like that for quite some time, but it’s the last room that needs new closet doors. All we have to do is get said doors and a shelf for the inside, and then it is done!

My weekend assignment was to clean the kitchen, so I started by clearing out anything 2014 from the fridge on Saturday and ended Sunday night with giving the floors another cleaning since they get dirty so easy.

Clean Kitchen is a Happy Kitchen Clean Kitchen is a Happy Kitchen

There is definitely something to be said about a nice clean kitchen (and fresh flowers).

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This month I am participating in Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. During the month of January, one assignment at a time, I’m getting my home in great shape. By the end of January, I’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home. I did this in 2013 and 2014 too!

January Cure 2014

On Thursday the annual January Cure by Apartment Therapy kicked off! My weekend assignment was to get fresh flowers and clean the floors. Since we just had a party the floors are pretty clean due to us cleaning the house to prepare for it.

Today’s assignment is to plan out my cure and list all the projects that need to be done around the house. I did this list last year twice, one when I was doing the Cure for 2014 and second as a halfway through the year checkin post when celebrating our house-versary. We’ve gotten a LOT done since I last did this list, so it’s nice to start fresh for this year.

Front of the House

  • Replace front lights with photosensored ones that all match
  • Add shrubs or plants to the area next to the garage
  • Continue adding decor to front porch
  • Create some kind of a sign so people won’t park so close to our mailbox


  • Add a bench and/or more storage
  • Organize closet
  • Add some kind of entry table + charging station?

Living Room

  • Add more art to walls
  • Replace gas fireplace with pellet stove
  • Add wall paneling and shelving to create a mantel
  • Clean out and organize sideboard
  • Replace scratching post (carpet material is coming apart)

Dining Room

  • Replace artwork above bookshelf?
  • Style bookshelf
  • Repaints walls
  • Make a chalkboard wall?


  • Clean out and organize under the kitchen sink
  • Replace cabinets
  • Replace countertops + backsplash
  • Replace sink + faucet
  • Replace flooring
  • Replace dishwasher
  • Replace the over-the-hood range

Laundry Room

  • Repaint walls
  • Replace flooring
  • Paint trim and door
  • Add shelving
  • Replace cabinets
  • Make a designated pantry area
  • Replace door going from kitchen to laundry room with pocket door


  • Add gable vents and roof vents
  • Add additional shelving and storage

Media/Entertainment Room

  • Organize and add to home gym corner
  • Organize Joshua’s corner of the room


  • Continue adding art to the wall
  • Paint linen closet doors
  • Organize linen closet

Guest Bedroom

  • Replace closet doors with mirror doors
  • Add either a wall clock or digital clock to nightstand
  • Add a couple more guest amenities

Guest Bathroom

  • Organize inside cabinets
  • Add a couple more guest amenities
  • Update flooring
  • Fix shower plumbing problems
  • Replace shower head

Master Bathroom

  • Replace print on shelf above toilet
  • Organize vanity drawers
  • De-gold shower
  • Replace pocket door

Master Bedroom

  • Add more art/prints to walls


  • Finish pulling out unwanted plants, trees, shrubs, etc.
  • Put in irrigation
  • Add new shrubs and ground-cover
  • Remove garden beds
  • Get new table to go with outdoor furniture on deck
  • Add more outdoor lighting
  • Fix electrical in the shed
  • Paint, clean-up, and organize shed
  • Get a hot tub

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This month I am participating in Apartment Therapy’s January Cure. During the month of January, one assignment at a time, I’m getting my home in great shape. By the end of January, I’ll be sitting pretty in a clean, fresh, organized home. I did this in 2013 and 2014 too!


Happy 2015!

As tradition, we rang in 2015 with about 15-20 people at our annual New Year’s Eve Party & LAN Party. Attendance was down slightly this year due to most people out with a cold, but we still had a good time with the people that were able to make it.

We had a delicious spread including baked brie and our famous Chili Cheese Dip.

The Food

The Food

While some of the guys gamed, the rest of us socialized in the living room, kitchen and around the fire pit!

The Gamers

The Guests

The Fire Pit

Despite it being freexing cold outside, we were able to break in our fire pit and enjoy delicious smores!

The next day some of us napped, some of us continued to game, and I watched Gilmore Girls. Definitely a great way to unwind after the holidays.

Hope everyone had a fun New Years and gets 2015 off to a great start!