The Great Nesting List of 2013


Cypress Swamp outside Charleston, SC

Cypress Swamp, Magnolia Gardens, SC (nothing to do with my post, just pretty)

I mentioned in my previous post that I think Extreme Nesting Syndrome should be listed in the new DSM-V. It’s a fact well known that a lady with a baby on the way has got to–urgently it feels–prepare her nest. This can look a million different ways for a million different women, but for me this is how it goes.

It tops all January resolution lists I make, as well as the new school year lists, and all that. I can work myself into a frenzy of productivity, adding to my Nesting List as quickly as I cross things off, my mind whirling with a thousand projects I could start.

Don’t take this to mean that I won’t finish my list. I will, I most certainly will. The drive to get “it all done now” exists because I’m quite aware that once a newborn enters the home, everything else will come to a stop. I will spend all of my time and energy in “hunkering down” feeding small people, cleaning up their messes, and {this year} fitting a little phonics and kindergarden math in for my soon-to-be 5 year old. There won’t be time for another project for a least a year after baby arrives, I tell myself. Forget any decorating, forget reoganizing cabinets or junk drawers. Plan for the worst, hope for the best. This is my nesting motto–that basically, I might have a little time here and there to squeeze in some home tasks or projects, maybe after a few months and some sleep. But I’d better plan that free time will be a thing of the past, and that any of that stuff I want done, I need to do now.

I function SO much better and have miles of mental energy freed up when I know the closets and drawers and desks and cabinets and rooms are all fairly weeded of excess and organized. We moved into our current home a year ago, which means there are only a few places that I didn’t get to unpack/organize fully. But it also means I still have half-done rooms and pictures I haven’t hung. So all that is reflected on my list. This next week I have painters coming, an electrician scheduled to change out some lighting fixtures, and an installation guy to help with hanging curtains, mirrors, and shelves. So with no further ado, here is the Great Nesting List of 2013.

I’ll start with the Craft Studio, located in our basement, since once it’s done I can better tackle some of the Handmade Items on my list further down.

  1. Have stock base cabinetry installed in our craft studio, and a long counter placed.
  2. Put the shelves I was previously using in craft studio against the wall on the counter, bolt them to wall for kids safety, and then add some trim around the tops to make them look built in. Oh, and also: caulk around things like crazy to finish the built in look.
  3. Add floating shelf above the sink for paintbrushes to live and dry after washing.
  4. Improve on ribbon storage and thread display storage on wall.
  5. Add labeled bin pulls to all new drawers and cabs.
  6. Organize all arts and craft supplies into cabs and shelves.
  7. Add “Create” logo on the wall.
  8. Consider how best to use corner spaces and walls for kid use.

Next, the Mudroom:

  1. Change out ugly knobs on cabs for happy yellow ones.
  2. Improve the Mudroom sink: either paint the base or make a skirt for it.
  3. Set up mudroom diaper changing station.
  4. Hang fun wall art, in yellows and greys. This includes kid’s handprint art.

Kid’s Bathroom:

  1. Paint walls (going with SW “exciting orange”)
  2. Change out lighting over sinks
  3. Install mirrors
  4. Create/obtain wall art
  5. Change out cabinet knobs.

Upstairs Halls:

  1. Paint walls (considering yellow and white horizontal strips if I’m brave!)
  2. Hang turquise frames along walls–consider Alphabet Art of some kind in them?
  3. Hang some inspiring word art in the Laundry Room (Make some myself)

Playroom (soon to be turned into my 2-year-old Son’s Room, then in a couple years the Schoolroom):

  1. Paint walls (SW Rainwashed)
  2. Improve AC/heating plan.
  3. Put locks on attic doors (don’t want a toddler sneaking into the attic!)
  4. Hang blackout Roman Blinds.
  5. Decide on and hang decorative window panels
  6. Weed out old/broken/annoying toys to donate/discard, and move my Daughter’s toys to her room, infant toys to nursery.
  7. Organize toys and books remaining in Son’s Room. This might entail new storage, but hopefully not.
  8. Set up the Big Boy Bed.
  9. Put up some Wall Art
  10. Install display bookshelves along one wall for Big Boy’s books.

The Great Room:

  1. Change out sconces on either side of front door.
  2. Change out sconce on on stairwell.
  3. Hang drapes.
  4. New shades for lamps.

The Keeping Room:

  1. Hang rods.
  2. Make drapes (using target panels and I plan to crochet a fun coral frindge/pom-pom ish border)
  3. Hang egg prints in the Keeping Room.
  4. Create and hang a Nest painting in Keeping Room.
  5. Make a sign for over the door to kitchen: “there will be a bright tomorrow, all will be well.”


  1. Set up extra twin bed in nursery (bought two matching ones since the boys will share later!)
  2. Make two matching boy’s quilts. Nautical theme. I’m thinking nautical flags?
  3. Research and obtain baby monitor with two cameras that I can view on my phone.
  4. Hang wall art, including oars, life preservers, Large letters for Baby’s name. (also need to get new letters for my other kids names on their walls!)

Miscellaneous House Organization/Projects:

  1. Reorganize linens and sheets in the Laundry Room
  2. Junk Drawer in the kitchen!!
  3. Move storage ottoman to basement room.
  4. Measure basement room that Darlene is helping me figure out how to decorate: prepare her a file to send.
  5. Major Freezer Cooking: stock up on a pile of healthy dinners and such for the family when I’m postpartum!!
  6. Hang existing art in Guest Room.
  7. Hang photos in Garage/mudroom hall.
  8. Take down last year’s old kid’s art, Artkive it (its an app) and file the favorites for safekeeping.
  9. Hang the last items in the Library–decide which diplomas to frame hang.
  10. Finish alterations and sewing pile
  11. Fix old desk chair that’s in the garage.
  12. Organize and clean out garage. {Not even sure where to start here!}
  13. Repair a few toys and the dollhouse.
  14. Cover/beautify windowblind over the door to garage.
  15. Make a sign with psalm 121 on it to hang somewhere. I love that psalm.


This post is linked to New Nostalgia’s Anti-Procrastination Tuesday.


{ 2 comments… add one }

  • May July 11, 2013, 11:38 AM

    Oh, goodness! WHEN is that due date???? This is a very ambitious list. I wish you well!

  • port authority sweatshirt November 11, 2014, 6:47 PM

    Aw, this was an incredibly nice post. Taking a few minutes and actual
    effort to produce a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a lot and don’t seem to
    get anything done.


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