Before Baby To-Do

There are lots of things I’d like to get done before the baby gets here. I know we have around 6 months before baby’s due date, but anyone who has ever met me knows I’m am one hell of a procrastinator.

I love to make to-do lists (and lists of any kind, for that matter), but rarely finish everything on them. I think my problem is once I get motivated and the gears in my mind start grinding, i get overly-ambitious and only have a spurt of motivation that will not be continuous if my procrastinating genes have anything to do with it.

SO. I’m going to make a list of things that need to ACTUALLY GET DONE before baby gets here. This is more of a cosmetic thing I believe, not all the practical things. I’ll have plenty of time (and suddenly no time at all before I know it) to fret over what to wear/take to the hospital, a for-sure name, all those things. No.. this is my craft/organizing list.

And seriously, these things really needs to get done. No bull-hockey (as my Papaw would say). If I’m going to be useful for anything besides an incubator for these next two trimesters, it’s gonna be a not-so-lean, more-moody-than-mean crafting and organizing machine.

So what do I need/want to do?

  1. Complete room makeover. This needs to be done because this room isn’t only my room. I’m sharing it with Brian now. That Hello Kitty calendar? Love ya, but see ya. That floral jewelery organizer? Adios. All things that scream “I just figured out I’m going to be a mom and I don’t really want to let go of being a young woman who will barely be drinking age by the time my baby is born” need to be put away, sold, donated, re-purposed, just gone. I think the only things about OUR room that don’t need to be changed are the grey walls, the bed, and the dresser/chest set. Maybe a bookshelf can stay. ):
  2. DIY baby decor. I have so many ideas! We haven’t completely decided on a theme yet, since we don’t know the gender, but for either one I have lots of cute, endearing ideas that would be so classy, adorable and not super cliche. These include yarn wrapped wooden/cardboard letters, framed fabric, framed ultrasound photos (temporary decor of course, but completely unavoidable), canvas light, and many others. A few of them can be viewed here on my baby board over at Pinterest!
  3. Clean/re-do corner desk. It’s an awful, ugly, cheap desk that surprisingly survived the house fire we had a few years ago. I didn’t want to let go of it because it was one thing that didn’t burn. It’s become my crafting table so it’s gotten a little roughed up. I’d like to sand it down, paint a nice, simple yet eye-catching pattern on it, and give it a new life. Also, the stupid little tiny shelves on the outside and the big ones on the inside, those are definitely coming out and getting covered with some pretty type of paper and modpodged.
  4. A new organization system for my crafts. I have lots of crafting supplies. No seriously – LOTS. If a stranger took a peek into my storage drawers and nothing else, they’d think a little old lady with lots of time and nothing else owned everything in it. The problem is that everything is stored in ugly, cheap, childish plastic storage drawers. You know, those stacked shelves that you buy for your dorm room? Yeah those. I’m definitely going to flea markets and Goodwill and I’m going to find a cheap bookshelf or old dresser/chest to rip apart and re-do. I want that nice, clean, organized look with those fabric storage bins that just simply sit inside the shelves, ready to be pulled out with ease.
  5. Nursery. Uhhh this needs no explaining. I’m really really really going to try not to put all this off for the nursery.. but there are a couple of things standing in the way. The baby’s room used to be (kinda still is) the storage room. We’ve weeded out a LOT of stuff, but there are still some of my boxes, totes, and crafting shelves, as well as some of my mom’s things for her classroom (one of those teachers who get all hardcore and work when not at work – so many teaching supplies). We don’t have anywhere in the house to put them, so we plan on putting them in the garage. The bad part about that, we just turned our garage into a garage from a dirty old building for hay, tools, firewood, etc. Welcome to Kentucky/living in a field where we grow and sell hay which needs somewhere to be stored. So until we can get it all cleaned out and organized and not so gross, I am NOT putting my good things out there! So there are a couple of things prolonging us from starting on the nursery – BESIDES not knowing the baby’s gender.

I’m pretty sure that’s the most important.. surely I couldn’t forget anything important enough to make this to-do list! Wish me luck.. I NEED it!