It’s hard to believe, but this month marks one year since we moved to the new (to us) house! It’s only a couple of miles from our last house, so for the most part the transition was a simple one. Both kids remained in the same schools, and we still have the same commutes and everyday errand spots. And since buying the house happened so quickly and unexpectedly, it was like we blinked and woke up in a new house!
At least once a week Mr. SP or I will say, ‘Can you believe we’re here??’ We lived in our last house for ten years, so it was a part of us…an extension of our family. But a day hasn’t passed in the last year that I didn’t feel so unbelievably grateful to call this one home. Just like finding Maggie, this house found us, and we’re a perfect fit.
Today I thought it’d be fun to see what we’ve accomplished in the first year, and set some goals for the spots I hope to tackle next. Because if it’s on the internet, it must really happen, right?
We actually closed on the house at the end of 2014, but we couldn’t move out of our last house until early February (that whole BH&G thing!). But turns out, that monthlong leaseback allowed us time to make major changes to the new house before moving in…like new floors and remodeled Kitchen.
As for the rest of the house, we’re fully moved-in, but mostly just the way the movers left it! Everything about this house is different than the last…dimensions, layout, and size…so some pieces fit perfectly, and others are still wandering around aimlessly. But working through the rooms slowly has been a good thing, since it allows us time to figure out how we use each space.
A year ago, I thought the downstairs family room would be the main hangout, but turns out, the kids spend more time upstairs. I thought the Pantry would be the best spot to create a Family Command Center, but actually, the laundry room is where everyone naturally dumps their stuff. If I’d jumped right in, these spaces wouldn’t fit our lives and I’d be re-shuffling a year later!
But I’m extremely goal-oriented, so setting a plan of action will motivate me to conquer specific rooms this year, as opposed to waffling all over and not completing any. No guarantees, but I’d love to first finish the rooms we’ve already started (and I’ve begun blogging about!)…
Little Miss lucked out and all her previous furniture fit perfectly in her new room…albeit in a much different layout. So far she has bedding and art, and I recently added nightstands and a rug…I’ll share that with you soon, and hopefully finish it up this year.
The first one is the upstairs Game Room…sometimes known as a Playroom…but now that my kids are older, it’s more of a hangout Den for them and their friends, than a place to stash toys. And as luck would have it, I already tackled most of this room with the Ikea Home Tour Squad last month!! The talented, energetic, Ikea-loving crew came in, and together we overhauled this space.
In two days, we turned this blank slate into the neighborhood Peach Pit. #namethatshow I’m excited to share the process with you soon, but in the meantime, you can check out all the Ikea Home Tour Squad video makeovers here.