The new house to do list

I think I need a catchier name for the ‘new’ and the ‘old’ house.  Let’s call the old house the loft, and the new one… well, I’ll take votes!

I thought I’d share a snapshot of my Day 1 list (the day after move day), when I took the day off to ‘catch up’

Unpacking list

Moving house aftermath – the list from the day after (opps and some random phone message notes… sorry, that won’t make sense!)

Now, for the list going forward. I drafted this post a few days ago, so there’s already some updates:


  • complete the condition report for the agent
  • start taking photos for the blog (and the condition report!)


  • oil hinges (pronto!)  canola spray worked a treat
  • hooks for scarves Ikea seems most promising
  • remove wardrobe shelf to get use of existing rail
  • use large hooks on rail for coats and jackets – so far no luck at our big hardware chain
  • location for big mirror (previously in the bedroom in the loft)

Bed 1

  • buy hardware for bed head ledge Thank you to the bf for taking me to the hardware store on Wed night
  • remake bedhead ledge (and modify as needed)
  • maybe mount mirror here (if not in entryway)
  • get power situation sorted with lamps, phones etc bought stuff on Wed night…
  • plane door so it closes!
  • buy more Ikea hangers so the BF’s things are all hung consistently (one of my ‘things’)

Bed 2

  • rationalise all things stored here (in case we rent it out)
  • get floating shelves fitted
  • new desk?
  • plug in lamp


  • get approval to hang framed scarf
  • reconstruct sofa
  • reconstruct arc lamp
  • place stools once the two above have settled
  • rehouse the cleaning box (rationalise contents too) put it in the laundry cupboard
  • plane floating shelf to fit adjusted location


  • store condiments (maybe rearrange shelves/cupboards to get ideal location) <- I did exactly that, simple!
  • find a storage place for manuals


  • get approval for a vacuum hanging apparatus?
  • move dryer to floor – need extension cord The BF’s task for the weekend!

General stuff to sort out

  • where to hang additional towel?
  • buy (small) outdoor furniture & BBQ?
  • buy new TV (& cabinet) as old TV been recalled

Rationalise/sell etc

  • second washing machine
  • second vacuum
  • second microwave listed on Gumtree, should offer it also through Facebook to friends
  • second mop
  • second hand mixer and on and on…

So it’s nowhere near as comprehensive as when I moved into the loft.  I wanted to paint walls, and replace tap ware and all that sort of ‘big’ stuff.  So it’s definitely more manageable, but I have to resist the internal pull to get it all done ‘NOW!’  And this list says nothing of the ‘quirks’ I haven’t worked out how to maximize – weird walls, and centering stuff etc.  I took a bath for the first time since I was a kid last night, and I’m thinking ‘those hooks above the TV aren’t centered, they look weird, I need to fix that’.  Evidently I need more baths and less thinking about hooks!

This weekend should get a few more things ticked off, combined with a birthday dinner for my mother and a lemon meringue pie.  Yummo!

Friday finance and house project list review

Fridays I try to make ‘goal review day’, so this will be a mix match of a number of things! First, for the finances!

Work was due to back pay me since 7th Feb, and on Thursday last week I received the letter saying it’d been approved. Sadly, it wasn’t added to this week’s pay. Sadly, cause I used my rostered day off last Friday to start spending it :p Rest assured, between my ’emergency fund’ (which none of these expenses are!), my bills savings account AND my 12 in 2 savings account, I muddled things together so I could pay my credit card this week, like every week,  for the following out of the ordinary expenses:

1. $300: New Camper shoes. My old campers have holes – that let in water. New shoes were critical. I have no end of trouble with shoes and comfort. Campers have worked before, so I thought I’d go for quality and hoepfully this pair will wear in as well as the last pair. I’ve been wearing the (dead) campers since May 2011, so that’s almost two years – far longer than my usual everyday casual shoe. Though when I say ‘everyday’ I should explain I wear steel capped boots to work, so this is weekend and holiday wear (along with a few other pairs). I do, however, walk 2-3kms in these sorts of shoes, so that’s a bit of wear.

My latest campers, called Sinuosa (only CAD$190 vs AUD$310!)

My latest campers, called Sinuosa (only CAD$190 vs AUD$310!)

2. $205 Flights to Brisbane. Whilst at a wedding over the weekend, I received an invitation for an engagement picnic in my former home town of Brisbane. I don’t need much of a reason to head back to Brisbane and catch up with friends, so on Tuesday I bought my flights for the first weekend in May.

The venue for the engagement picnic, the beautiful New Farm Park Source:

The venue for the engagement picnic, the beautiful New Farm Park

3. $89 Knife Skills Course. This is part of my 12 in 2 goals, and I’ll be doing it on 11 May!


Now, for the house updates on house project (see the original, somewhat dated list here – compiling three lists from my move in in Jan 2011, again in May 2011 and then in Jan 2012)


– Empty out box – on going, always donating, but always adding things.  Currently have excess birdcage hanging chains & yellow ribbon, a shower head…

– Install small ledges for displaying things  – bought the shelves with a returns voucher last Friday – yet to be installed or definitely yay or nah’ed


– Regrout cornersoh yes I did – see this post

– Get bath resurfacing fixed – quick buff smoothed things out.  The colour is still off.  And I even tried a ‘cool’ white globe instead of the usual ‘warm’ I prefer.


– Open shelf lightingno, but I did install that great LED lighting track, which I show pictures in my Easter long weekend round up, which flow into the shelving area

– Pantry lighting?

– Wall art – have been looking actively.  The space isn’t the right proportions for my Stamp Map of the World though.

Wine racklook what I found abandoned on the roadside of Maudy Thursday!  I wanted something with a ‘counter top’ and then underneath I wanted some place to store wine.  Once I removed the second shelf, I could slot in my existing wine rack.  Great compromise for $0, cause the wine rack came form Freecycle!

Something to fill the space - a wine rack of sorts!

Something to fill the space – a wine rack of sorts!

Before a 'wine rack'

Before a ‘wine rack’
(one day I’ll tidy up so weird thing like the mop aren’t in shot)!

Living room

– Frosting on the windows – certainly not ‘cheap’ like I thought in my previous matrix of ‘easy/hard/cheap/pricey’ but so pleased it’s done.  No more flashing the footy players, and no more ‘effort’ of blind shutting.  I wrote about it here

– Replace blinds – removed from the list.  Seems of negligible value given I keep them all rolled up now that I have frosting, and curtains in the bedroom.

– Sliding Screen door – need to find a supplier as the one I tried off the shelf was the wrong height.  I loved that it was retractable though!

– Bird cage displayAt long last, I got those beauties hanging in an unsed space!  See more on my post here

Niche/Bedroom storage area

– recarpet – AGH I keep calling them and they never call me back.  If I had someone else to call, I would!

– complete ‘hide the niche’ project – delivered the shutters to a handy woodworking friend.  I’m not holding my breath that they’ll ever be made to size :s

Updated House to do list

  • Decide on entryway ledges, hang or return (completed June 2013)
  • Dining room wall art (+ above the sofa art too)
  • Pantry lighting?
  • Sliding screen door
  • Recarpet niche (completed June 13)
  • Hide niche

Of course, I’m sure little creative things will flit on and off this list with my whims.  I never mentioned in these posts of yesteryear new cushion covers, or stamp wall art or putting a decorative backing my bathroom cupboard, but I did them all!