Goal 6: A clean and tidy house
Daily Habit: Do 30 minutes of housework a day
Because: I like to live in a nice clean environment, I feel much calmer and happier, but cleaning and tidying certainly don’t come naturally! My husband, Ross and I hate spending our precious weekend time doing the ‘team clean’ or stressing because someone said last minute they’re visiting and there’s an inch thick of dust on the toilet seat and fluff bunnies from the rug floating about the living room. So if I set aside 30 minutes a day, stick a podcast on and get to it, hopefully it’ll never feel like such a huge task.
Update on how I’m doing with this habit – abysmal, absolutely horribly. I managed about 3 days and then I just plain forgot about it. In lockdown we are in the house so much that I’m constantly making mess, it just seems to fall off me somehow, I can’t even close a cupboard door or drawer so I think I need to take this habit back a bit!
Clearly too ambitious.
New daily habit – Tidy up behind myself. E.g if I’m taking clean washing up the stairs, put it away rather than leaving it on the bed to then move on to The Chair for it then to fall on to the floor to then trip over and bang my head on the slanted ceilings to then knock myself out and go to the hospital. A bit dramatic? Probably. But I do bang my head on that ceiling an awful lot, especially when I leave the cupboard door open…
According to the photos on Facebook, everyone’s been at B&Q. Big long social distanced lines of bored furloughers in desperate need of a home improvement activity to save them from another Netflix boxset. I’d be with them but we have a while of copper saving before we can finally put our stamp on our house. In saying that, a good 20% of my lockdown time is spent watching home improvement programmes and pinning all the styles to my boards. Actually make that 35%. Have I mentioned how much I love Pinterest?
So in my imagination I have a Georgian / Victorian detached house with wisteria up it in a sizeable plot surrounded by wild flowers, overlooking the sea. It has beautiful bay windows, a walk in larder, a master and guest ‘suite’ and it even has an orangery (fancy conservatory) for reading and ‘taking tea’.
In reality I live in a 2 bed / 1 bath terraced cottage overlooking the local shop. I love it actually, we can also see the golf course, the river and the bridge that crosses to the sand, the beach is really, really close which is 100% the selling point. I say really close, it doesn’t feel that close carrying alcohol to your picnic, who knew 4 bottles of Pims weighed so much?
In all my pinning, and much like my personal style before, I don’t really have a clear idea of how I want to decorate it. I like far too many things and I’m so easily swayed! I watch Fixer Upper reruns and I want ‘Farmhouse Casual’, I see @coastalinteriors on Instagram and I think white, blue and wood everything, I watch Mamma Mia and I want a Mediterranean style with lots of colourful tiles, I watch 3 Birds Renovation on Youtube and I think all white Australian beachy would be so calm and then I watch last night’s Scotlands Home of the Year and I get emotional at a opulently decorated Glasgow town house (did you see it? Wow!) You get what I mean, I like it all! Well, not all – if I left it up to Ross we’d live in a vikingesque hovel full of dark wood and axes…nice.
I know that super modern and dark isn’t for me so that’s a start! Although I love visiting really modern places and I always want Robert Jamison to win on ‘Your Home Made Perfect’, I don’t think I’d like to live in it. I wouldn’t want a mid century modern style either and I’m not about to just have black and white everywhere (although I do like watching Lydia Millen’s home Youtubes.)
So is farmhouse coastal colonial a thing? Does the house even need an underlying style or do I just go for whatever I like and hope it flows together? What a first world problem to have!
I know I definitely want more natural wood, I know I want to have fun buying second hand furniture (although I do enjoy a Neptune display at Treehouse), that I’d like some nice art, that the house needs much more storage for all our spacey hobbies (hobbies that take up space, we aren’t in to outer space quite yet) and carpets upstairs but who knows how many times I’ll have changed my mind before we actually have any money to do these things!
Now I’m off to see if my pocket money can stretch to some garage paint, @lucytiffney just painted the cutest shed on her Instagram that I may or may not take some inspiration from. Do you think Ross will notice?
Does your house have a style? What’s it like? Home style is my absolute favourite conversation so feel free to send me things!
Please note, none of the images in the above collages were taken by me. The ‘dream’ ones are all from Pinterest (shocker), the Cruden Bay ones are from the Cruden Bay Association that were shared by a local.