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2023 Master List of Home Goals

It’s that time of year again when I list my goals for the new year. I didn’t do such a great job on last year’s goals (don’t worry…I’m not beating myself up over it, and I’m quite proud of what I did accomplish last year), so only time will tell if this year will be any better as far as goals go.

Like I said in yesterday’s post, I almost feel like I could just copy and paste last year’s goals into this post and be done. 😀 But that’s not quite accurate. I did get some things done last year (you can read the synopsis of my last year here), and because of what I accomplished last year, I’m now down to only two rooms — the home gym and my studio.

Technically, the half bathroom that’s attached to the studio is finished, but I do have plans to make some changes in there, so I made that room green (in progress) on the floor plan above.

So that’s pretty exciting. I’m just down to two rooms. It’s been a very long road to get here, and I’d love nothing more than to end 2023 with all of these rooms completely finished.

Here’s a more detailed look at what I hope to accomplish this year:

The Home Gym

This room is an absolute mess right now. It was used as a storage room and workroom all through the master bathroom remodel. And now it’s time to get it cleaned out and finished. I had hoped to have this room cleaned out by now, but the day I had planned to get started on that is the day that Matt and I both started getting sick, and the day that Matt went to the hospital the first time. And now here we are, three weeks later, and the room still looks like this.

But that’s okay. I’ll start today! And I was able to make some progress on this room last year, so a lot of the harder projects are done. At the beginning of last year, none of the windows or doors were trimmed out. Now they’re all trimmed out, but I do still need to sand, caulk, prime and paint the trim.

So here’s exactly what needs to be done in here to finish the room:

  • Install the rest of the hardwood flooring in the closet area
  • Install the rest of the small trim at the ceiling
  • Finish installing the baseboards
  • Finish paint touch ups on the walls
  • Install the ceiling fan
  • Install the two recessed lights in the closet area
  • Sand, caulk, prime, and paint all of the trim
    • Window casings
    • Door casings
    • Baseboards
    • Small trim around ceiling
  • Install the foam square gym flooring
  • Hang the curtains (yes, I’m hanging curtains in a home gym…because I’m me. 😀 )
  • Build the Swedish ladder
  • Build a cabinet and shelves in the open closet area
  • Paint Matt’s exercise bike (it’s white, and I’d like it to be black)
  • Add mirrors/posters/artwork/whatever else a home gym needs to be a motivational space

And once that room is finished, that just leaves me with ONE MORE ROOM!

My Studio

Y’all, this has to be the year that I finish this space. It’s been way too long already, and for my own mental health, I need it finished. I’m so ready to have a fully functional studio space with storage and organization and everything in its place.

And how exciting it will be when it’s finished, because this is the last room inside the house!! (Well, the last room as it stands now, before we add three more rooms.)

Here’s what needs to happen in order for this room to be finished:

  • Install, caulk, prime, and paint the rest of the trim
    • Window casings (all installed, but two still need to be caulked, primed, and painted)
    • Door casings
    • Baseboards
  • Build, prime, and paint cabinets
    • Cabinets in the “office” area of the room by my desk
    • The full wall of cabinets on the front (wallpapered) wall
    • Cabinets by the door into the sitting room (i.e., breakfast room)
  • Install lighting in the storage closet
  • Build shelves for the storage closet
  • Make a few tweaks to the half bathroom
  • Repaint the walls in the back entry

I may end up adding things to that list as I go. I’ve mentioned that I may switch out the wallpaper. (Don’t get upset! I haven’t made up my mind just yet. This one may stay.) And I might change up the wall color in the main studio area as well.

As far as the half bath goes, I’m not quite sure how extensive the changes will be in there. I do know that the wall design will go, but I’m not sure what it’ll be replaced with. I know I want to keep it colorful and fun. So depending on what I do with the walls, the vanity color may have to change as well. But that’s a maybe, and it’s one of those things that will be decided as I make progress. I don’t have to make those decisions right now.

So those are the final two interior areas that I’ll be focusing on this year, and those will be my main goals. If nothing else, I want to end this year with those two areas completely finished and usable. I don’t want to keep having to hide those areas behind closed doors when guests come over.

But I always have a few more “second tier” goals that I keep in mind in case I need a change of pace to keep myself interested, motivated, and moving forward. Here’s what that list looks like this year…

The Guest Bedroom

I finished this room a while back, but there are some tweaks I’d love to make in here if I can find time to do them.

I mentioned a while back (maybe it was just on Facebook) that I wasn’t too sure about the one feature wall. Don’t get me wrong. I love that wall and the design I did on it. But what I haven’t been thrilled with is that the other walls in this room are so blah.

That’s just not me. So I polled people to see what they thought about me extending the wall design to the other two walls. Most people thought that would be too much. And I do agree that a floor-to-ceiling design on all three of those walls might be too much. But I’m also not satisfied with leaving it like it is.

So what is my go-to solution when I want a lot of color and/or pattern on the walls, but I don’t want it to be too overwhelming? Wainscoting! White wainscoting, to be precise. That’s what I did in the music room and in the master bathroom. So that’s what I’d like to do in here…plus one other project…

  • Add wainscoting to the bottom half of the walls
  • Extend the floral design to the other two walls
  • Build a new base for the bed that can accommodate the adjustable bed

Front Porch and Exterior

I have some maintenance that needs to be done on our front porch, plus I just need to finally finish the front porch. As far as the maintenance goes, I don’t think I can put it off another year. If I do, I may risk the weather doing too much damage to the wood and having to replace things. I’d rather not let it get to that point.

So here’s what I’d like to do…

  • Finish the stone façade on the front and side of the concrete porch
  • Sand and reseal/stain the porch boards
  • Repaint the front door (same color, but it just needs a refresh)
  • Create a sitting area on the front porch
  • Create flower beds around the porch and plant pretty things
  • Build steps at the side (studio) door
  • Rehang one shutter that came off during high winds
  • Build flower boxes and install


As of this very moment, I don’t have a whole lot planned for the kitchen this year, but I do want to make this the year that I finally get rid of the dishwasher and convert that space in to usable storage space. I want to add one of those Rev-a Shelf pop up shelves that most people use for their stand mixers, but mine will be used for my blender and InstantPot, and maybe a couple more things.

But the kitchen changes may become more extensive if we are finally able to start on the addition this year. Right now, that’s a big if. Nothing has been nailed down yet, but I do plan to put those wheels in motion very soon and see if we can make that happen this year.

If we can make that happen, the back wall of cabinets will be changing. But my plan is not to make a cased opening between the kitchen and the new family room. I do think I’ve landed on an idea that I love, though. And if I implement that idea, the whole back wall of cabinets in the kitchen will be changing. I’m not quite ready to share details just yet.

All of that to say that right now, my plans for the kitchen are minimal. But those plans may change depending on what happens with the addition this year. For now, I want to…

  • Remove the dishwasher
  • Convert that area into storage


Once again, the carport is being added to my list of goals. And this year, it really needs to get done for the same reason that I really need to do the maintenance on the front porch. The siding on the carport has never been painted, and technically, you’re only supposed to allow primed Hardiboard to remain unpainted for just so long. I’m not sure how long that amount of time actually is, but I’m sure that I’m way past that time by now.

I have no idea why I didn’t have my contractor’s guys finish the carport completely when it was built. For some reason, I thought I’d do all of the finishing projects myself, but here we are, four years later, and it’s still not finished. It still needs lights (and possibly a ceiling fan) installed, a ceiling installed, trim installed, and it needs to be painted. Why in the world did I think I wanted to do those projects myself?

Plus, now it needs roof repair from when the big branch from that huge oak tree (that we had cut down last year) fell on the roof and punch a hole in it.

So I think it’s time to drop the delusion that I’m going to do these things myself, and hire them out so that they actually get finished. Whoever does the work needs to…

  • Install the lights (and probably a ceiling fan)
  • Install the ceiling, and caulk, prime and paint the ceiling
  • Install trim on the columns
  • Paint the exterior of the doors
  • Paint the siding and trim

I think that’s it. I’m not delusional enough to think that I can get all of this done in 2023, but I do think I can get the home gym and the studio finished this year. These other goals are actually items that I’ll treat like a buffet. If I find myself needing some time away from the home gym or the studio, I’ll see if I can choose an item from the buffet of “second tier” options just to keep myself moving forward. And once I’ve had an adequate break from the main goals, I can get right back to those until they’re finished.

And then with the addition up in the air right now, it’ll be very interesting to see just how this year shakes out in the end. Meet me back here in 12 months, and we’ll see how I did. 😀

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  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    Kate S
    January 10, 2023 at 11:23 am

    Ambitious as usual…. Tires me out just to read it :-). One day at a time… and outings with Matt sprinkled liberally throughout!!!!

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    Charlene Anna Smith
    January 10, 2023 at 12:07 pm

    Please, please do not extend the design of the feature wall in the guest bedroom.
    I really think it would be too much at eye level even with a lower wall treatment.
    How about something to give the other walls either texture or the illusion of texture?

  • Reply To This Comment ↓
    January 10, 2023 at 1:24 pm

    I saw a product you put on your windows that makes the window clear when you look out but mirrored when viewed from the outside. That way you have all the brightness but you don’t need to put up window coverings for privacy…Just a thought…

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    Crystal Griffith RN
    January 10, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Kristie, do you realize that to the rest of us you’re like the Olympic G9old Medal winner who is complaining that she should have run that mile in 3 minutes?
    Some days, when I read about everything you’ve done, I have to go take a nap!
    The world will not come to an end if you took a breather!

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    January 10, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    As usual, I can’t wait to see what you get done! Many blessings to you and Matt.

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    January 10, 2023 at 4:39 pm

    Love all of your ideas. I have one suggestion and that is the guest room. If you do the wainscoting it will be beautiful. My suggestion is that instead why not continue your beautiful mural on to the ceiling? I absolutely love the navy wall with your hand drawn gold flowers and leaves.

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    Rebecca B
    January 10, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    Love that little Felicity cat curled up on the bed

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    January 10, 2023 at 7:51 pm

    I think I would hire someone to fix the car port. That’s high overhead work & you don’t want to throw your should out again.
    I’m excited to see the home gym finished. No more construction dust in the main house or dragging tools through. While you work in the studio Matt can play video games. He probably missed them.

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    Alta Craig
    January 11, 2023 at 5:07 am

    An ambitious list as usual, but “no hill for a stepper”. It will be exciting to see your progress through the year. As to the guest bedroom, how would it work to leave the other walls the color they are but add the gold flowers? It would be subtle, but give a hint of texture as well as coordinate with the focal wall. And as to removing the dishwasher in the kitchen, after the Flood of 2016 here in Louisiana, I have a dishwasher in place but it was never hooked back up. With just the two of us, washing dishes by hand is not a problem. I keep thinking I’ll get it hooked up, but just haven’t needed to. Onward and Upward, Kristi! Best wishes to you and Matt for a healthy, accomplished, and happy 2023!

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    January 11, 2023 at 8:05 am

    The outdoor projects would be number one on my list. Painting, staining, sealing the wood decking and Hardiboard will, as you know, prevent rot and the need to replace them which would require much more time and be expensive.

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      January 12, 2023 at 10:33 am

      I agree. I’m sure it’s not as much fun as the interior stuff, but it seems more time critical to me.

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    Cathy S
    January 11, 2023 at 11:09 am

    Hi, I’m curious and maybe you answered this question already. So do you not have a master bedroom? Is the guest bedroom where you sleep? Since you finished the master bathroom, why not make the home gym your master bedroom and place the gym in the studio somewhere?

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    January 11, 2023 at 11:11 am

    Can I suggest that instead of calling these “goals”, you refer to them as “priorities.” It implies less of a failure if you don’t meet the goal. Just my 2 cents.

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    January 11, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    I’m relatively new to your blog (which I LOVE by the way), so I’m sure I only have myself to blame for being confused. :o) In looking at your floor plan above, I don’t see a master bedroom. What did I slip up on?
    Also something I likely passed by… I can’t find any photos of your holiday decorations. I love color, too. I’d be very grateful for a look at how you style your home.
    Thank you kindly.

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      Kristi Linauer
      January 11, 2023 at 11:09 pm

      Our floor plan in an awkward “in between” stage right now. We turned our master bedroom into a wheelchair accessible master bathroom. For the time being, we’re sleeping in the guest bedroom. We’re planning an addition to the back of the house that will include a new master bedroom, laundry room, and family/media room.

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        January 12, 2023 at 10:38 am

        Just curious how you are liking your new bathroom now that it’s finished? It’s gorgeous. I think I might want to spend all my time in there!

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          Kristi Linauer
          January 12, 2023 at 11:14 am

          I love it! We’re still not fully moved into the bathroom. I still have my makeup and hair stuff in the hallway bathroom, and a few of Matt’s things are still in there as well. Hopefully I’ll get stuff completely moved over to the new bathroom and get all of our drawers organized this weekend. But that huge shower is glorious! 😀

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    January 11, 2023 at 8:28 pm

    Hi! I’m new to this blog and loving everything!! But….maybe i just don’t know enough yet, but i don’t see a master bedroom in your house plan. I see Linda asked the same! Sorry if this is being too nosey! 🙂

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      Kristi Linauer
      January 11, 2023 at 11:09 pm

      We turned our master bedroom into a wheelchair accessible master bathroom. For the time being, we’re sleeping in the guest bedroom. We’re planning an addition to the back of the house that will include a new master bedroom, laundry room, and family/media room.

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    January 12, 2023 at 1:20 pm

    Kristi, have you thought of asking those who would likely be your overnight guest what THEY would prefer for the other walls? (This from someone who prefers walls ‘away-from-home’ to be as plain as possible. I remember when overnight visiting my parents in their house, being so happy with the plain walls in ‘my’ bedroom, and not liking it when they added pictures — of course I never told them.). Just a thought…..

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    January 12, 2023 at 4:01 pm

    Love your blog and have for years! My husband and I do a lot of DIY and I’m just like you–always wanting to jump from one project to the next, which can keep us from using all areas of our house to their best advantage.
    My advice to you would be to immediately move all of your items into that beautiful new bathroom and reward yourself for a job well done by using it! The hall bathroom is now your “guest bathroom!”
    Next, get to work in the exercise room to complete the flooring, baseboards, casings and ceiling fan, then set up your equipment and start using it! Don’t wait for everything to be perfect because that space is also your only access to that wonderful bathroom.
    Lastly, I would finish the storage area to use right away, while you complete the baseboards, casings and trim in your studio. Then, (you know where I’m going with this), start using it!
    With several new areas complete, you can stretch out and enjoy the fruits of your labor, before turning your attention to the custom built-ins and features that make your amazing home so fan-Kristi-tastic!
    Best of luck in 2023! I’ll be rooting for you!

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    Leonie Dawson
    January 17, 2023 at 4:14 pm

    You. Are. Amazing.
    I’ve never been so captivated by a blogger’s home, creativity and tenacity!
    I can’t wait to see what you create next.