Nesting Like A Mother

The view from the couch last night. Beat THAT, Young House Love.

The view from the couch last night. Beat THAT, Young House Love.

Let’s just say, a lot has changed since our frugal, minimalistic apartment tour.

Mostly, for the good! But there is still a LOT that has to be done in order to get ready for Baby Hall who will be making his appearance January 17-ish in a home birth. So, not only do we need to clear the way for a birthing tub (that the midwives are providing, thank god), we’ll also need to make room for his first year of life, as our lease doesn’t expire until February 2021. At that point, our goal is to have a solid down payment to purchase a home, location TBD.

So, we’ve been slowly but surely starting the process (see: shipment 1 of 2 of our new headboard in pieces on that floor), but I thought here would be the perfect space publicly sharing (read: ACCOUNTABLY sharing) our…

Master Home To Do List: Nesting Edition

Let’s go space by space, shall we?

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Entryway

  • Closet: remove the basket w/ indoor shoes and use our hanging shoe rack instead. Use basket for baby toys.

  • Use space where basket was to put reusable grocery bags

  • Find out what happened to the bulk order of indoor slippers we ordered from amazon that got “damaged” and never arrived like 2 months ago. Too late for a refund/reorder?

  • Move “Leave Your Shoes And Your Worries At The Door” sign to directly across bench so people will actually do so

Oh Hai! The glass lamp is a hand-me-down from Nick’s grandma (aka Mama Sue), she’s been cleaning out her space recently.

Oh Hai! The glass lamp is a hand-me-down from Nick’s grandma (aka Mama Sue), she’s been cleaning out her space recently.

Living Room (Header image + this bad boy)

  • Put together ALL THE THINGS: Stroller, baby mats, bathtubs, etc BEFORE baby is born. Store in den as needed.

  • Replace media console with something less wire-y (this is for Ziggy’s safety as much as the baby’s. He is always back there and I’m afraid chewing on god knows what)

  • Repurpose existing media console as a baby toy storage thing

  • Replace that leaning black lamp (left side) with something way more sturdy. Put in den.

  • Clean out bookshelf. Put DVDs in new media console, saving room for baby books.

  • Glue bookshelf topper buddha head back on so it doesnt fall off and choke my child

  • Take glass lamp apart & clean with Windex, possibly get new lampshade.

The foam thing in the corner is a big warhammer table thing Nick built that we can put ontop of our kitchen table for battles. It’s lit, not gonna lie.

The foam thing in the corner is a big warhammer table thing Nick built that we can put ontop of our kitchen table for battles. It’s lit, not gonna lie.

The Den/Office

  • Get rid of that !@#$%^&* exercise bike we never use (and the mats the cats love to claw)

  • Nick organize the gray tub + armoire to store all his very choking-friendly warhammer/age of sigmar models

  • Actually fix the of Montreal poster to the wall

  • There’s also that hanging goose that Nick’s grandma gave us, was Nick’s fave as a child… figure out where to hang that so the cats do not climb ontop of it yet it can still be pulled so the wings flap & can be enjoyed

  • Go through all the desk dresser drawers/clean out/organize

  • Get another lamp for the desk since last week, I totally broke the old one that my dad got me when I was, oh, 16. Guess it was time…

Don’t mind the wasp killer things. A wasp’s nest started inside our railings so we haven’t spent a ton of time outside this summer. Now that it’s gone we can get back to our nightly porch chillin’.

Don’t mind the wasp killer things. A wasp’s nest started inside our railings so we haven’t spent a ton of time outside this summer. Now that it’s gone we can get back to our nightly porch chillin’.

Porch

  • Sweep the porch

  • Add the clear guard rail so baby can enjoy without flying off said porch

  • Fix ALL THE PLANTS both inside & outside house. A lot need to be repotted/moved in for winter/figure out why there’s white dust on the big leafy one??

  • Give the chair cushions a wash

  • Bring in other lantern from den onto the porch

  • Get a new citronella candle

  • Get an outdoor rug or something for baby to sit on (is picnic blanket we have padded enough?)

One thing we HAVE done: lay down rug nick’s grandma gave to us. One day we’ll clean it properly, hopefully vacuum & beating w a broom was enough for now.

One thing we HAVE done: lay down rug nick’s grandma gave to us. One day we’ll clean it properly, hopefully vacuum & beating w a broom was enough for now.

Kitchen

  • Nick set up ceramic water dispenser next to coffee pot so the big ass water jug system we have is more efficient

  • Get a new coffee maker

  • Finish going thru all cabinets, including: move wine glasses to above oven, move party supplies to above fridge, make space for baby bottles

  • Re-hang clock above oven

  • Get a new drying rack for diapers (yep, we’re cloth diapering)

  • Figure out better place to store brooms/paper bags so they’re not all hanging out by laundry

  • Fix my KitchenAid stand mixer— the bowl doesnt fix itself to the stand and IDK why and it makes me sad and not likely to bake bread like I envisioned I would with my happy little yellow symbol of domesticity.

  • Buy new markers for the white board on the left side of the kichen, not pictured

We’ve already cragislisted & painted the dresser/changing table, bought new nightstands, craigslisted a rocker, and hung up one baby cross-stich my mom passed down to us.

We’ve already cragislisted & painted the dresser/changing table, bought new nightstands, craigslisted a rocker, and hung up one baby cross-stich my mom passed down to us.

Bedroom

  • Install new headboard/bed frame

  • Get an ottoman poof for the rocker

  • Remove naked lady picture & replace with peelable wallpaper we already picked out (we just need to measure the wall & order)

  • Install crib and put on my side of bed

  • Affix changing pad to table, move pictures so they dont fall on baby

  • Hang mobile

  • Buy red lights for night feedings, put them… around

  • Hang the shelf my mom got me next to the cross-stitch

Overall

  • I think the bathroom is in good shape, maybe just make some room under the sink to hold the baby bathtub thing

  • Buy babyproof locks for cabinets, bumpers for hard corners around house, install before he becomes mobile

…And that’s it! What did you do to get ready for baby?