House Projects Update!

Here it is… the post I have been teasing about… Our house projects update! There are finally some worthwhile updates to add, and I am so excited to finally be making strides forward with this daunting 10-step project: Getting the baby’s nursery ready! And with less than four weeks until his due date, we have no more time to waste procrastinate.

As a reminder, here are the 10 steps that we needed to do in order to get the nursery ready for baby. The completed steps are crossed off. The few that are not are still in progress! Keep reading below for the details on each step, plus pictures!

10 Steps to Getting the Baby’s Nursery Ready:

1. Move the cat corner out of the office and into their own brand new cat cubby.
2. Clean and organize the garage to make room for some of the office stuff.
3. Move the office stuff to the garage and clear everything out of the office and costume closet.
4. Get the office and closet carpeted.
5. Move the costumes back in and organize the costume closet.
6. Move Hayden’s bedroom stuff to the office (bye bye office – now it is Hayden’s room!).
7. Go through and organize all of the baby boy stuff that has been given to us.
8. Get Hayden’s old room (baby’s new room) painted.
9. Set up bassinet in our master bedroom for the first couple months of baby’s slumber.
10. Set up and organize baby’s new nursery!

Now for some more specific details and pictures on each one:

1. Move the cat corner out of the office and into their own brand new cat cubby.
This was an important first step because we needed to create a space for the cats that is theirs alone – somewhere that Floyd (the dog) and the kids (baby and toddler, specifically) could not get into, but that the cats could access independently. And the idea for the new cat closet was born. The small funky-shaped closet under the stairs was the perfect solution. It was being used as storage for the baby stuff – stuff that Zara had outgrown but that we were saving for the new baby: pack n play, bassinet, swing, floor mat, etc. So we moved all of that stuff out and moved the cat stuff in: their litter box, their scratching post, and their food and water dishes. Jeremy created a cat door on the closet door, installed a new motion-sensor light so it comes on when they come in, and boom! Cat closet created! Phil and Phoebe love having their own space… even though Zara does occasionally leave them a little toy surprise of her own. 🙂

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2. Clean and organize the garage to make room for some of the office stuff.
Now, this step is not completely done yet, as the end goal for this one is to be able to actually park in the garage, which we can’t yet. So there is still some organizing and purging to do in there, but we were at least able to make room for the office stuff and start on that area of the garage. So now my craft table, supplies, party decorations and present wrapping station (yes, I save and recycle present bags and tissue papers and haven’t had to buy new ones in years!) are all set up, right next to Jeremy’s tools and other “guy stuff”. This space still needs to be organized, but here is a sneak peak:

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3. Move the office stuff to the garage and clear everything out of the office and costume closet.
This was a big one! There was A LOT of stuff in that office and costume closet. Stuff that needed to be organized, stuff that needed to be given away, stuff that needed to be thrown away. Just stuff that needed to be MOVED. I posted good-condition stuff (like our corner desk) on our local Buy Nothing page and gave it away to a family who was very excited for it! And here is a picture of our empty office and empty closet!

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4. Get the office and closet carpeted.
Oh that linoleum floor was awful. We were so excited to get this room carpeted – finally! The carpet really changed the entire feel of the room, and it is now warm and inviting and cozy. (Don’t mind the blur of Floyd on the right side of the photo – even the pets like going in that room now that it’s carpeted!)

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5. Move the costumes back in and organize the costume closet.
I had a lot of fun with this step… so much so that it deserved its own blog post. Check out the costume closet details here!

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6. Move Hayden’s bedroom stuff to the office (bye bye office – now it is Hayden’s room!).
I wasn’t expecting this step to happen so quickly, but once Jeremy’s mind is set on something, he gets right to it! The very day that the office got carpeted, he came home from work that day and wanted to move all of Hayden’s stuff right then. We actually had a house guest staying the night that night, and I fully expected it to be our final guest in the Coug room. But instead, it turned into our first guest staying in the new bedroom downstairs! Hayden’s room is almost all the way set up and ready for him now – we just need to hang up his curtains and we left a few of his Lego creations and other things for him to organize and display how he wants to.

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7. Go through and organize all of the baby boy stuff that has been given to us.
This step is still in progress, but at least there is room now to do it! I’m tackling this one this week. Lots of laundry and organizing baby boy’s closet! And lots of thank you notes to finish writing!

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8. Get Hayden’s old room (baby’s new room) painted.
What used to be the Coug room is now the Seahawks room! Here are the before pics of the Coug room, then the in-between pics with the primer on the walls to cover that beautiful crimson, then the after pics of the awesome Seahawks artwork. This amazing paint work (both Cougars and Seahawks) are compliments of my very talented brother-in-law, Nick Cochran of Dirty Brush Designs. Please check out his amazing work here! Prepare to be seriously amazed.

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9. Set up bassinet in our master bedroom for the first couple months of baby’s slumber.
This step is not pressing, because we really don’t need this set up until the baby’s first night at home, which could be anytime in the next 1-6 weeks! 🙂 But the bassinet, baby swing, and play floor mat are ready for baby whenever he is! It’s funny – as soon as we pulled this stuff out of the old storage closet, Zara has been wanting to go back in the swing. Her head and feet stick off the ends now! Oh how little she used to be…

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10. Set up and organize baby’s new nursery!
It’s time to get moving on this FUN final step. We need to buy a new crib, changing table, and rocker/glider for his room. Zara is still using all of hers in her room! There will be a separate blog post dedicated to his completed Seahawk nursery, once it’s all bought and put together! 🙂

Whew! What a project! Things are really moving now and there’s no time to slow down! This boy will be here before we know it. Here is a picture update of me and my beach ball belly 🙂

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So… now that we’re making progress on our big house project, it’s time to add more to the list! It’s June now (what?!), and that means it’s time to get moving on our house outdoor project – our back deck. I am super excited to get that done so we can have some fun this summer! We’ve met with a couple of contractors/experts to get the ball rolling. Here is my list of June house projects I would like to get done (in no particular order)…. we’ll see how many of these get done before baby arrives!

  • Build that back deck!
  • Decorate that back deck! (This includes starting/finishing two of my nextpiration project pieces, getting the bbq moved and set up, and finding a water table for Zara!)
  • Finish clearing out the garage!
  • Finish setting up the Seahawk nursery!
  • Finish updating the family/play room with the baby’s corner!
  • Start the front porch project!

Here’s to a happy June! 🙂

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