Home Goals for 2013

For the last few years, thanks to my buddy The Nester, I’ve been actually making a list of what I’d like to accomplish in my home. It’s been a tremendously helpful tool to keep in touch with my overall goals to get our house from a construction zone to one that actually functions in every square foot. I thought I’d have all the construction finished this year… but…. ummmm…. I fell short. It’s all good, though, it gives me even more incentive to actually get it over with in 2013.

Last year our list included remodeling the world’s smallest the girl’s bathroom. Originally it had a bathtub, but we ripped that out (because we’re all about doing weird stuff to our house that destroys the resell value, ya know.) We also gutted the walls, tore out the sub-floor and got all that put back in. We’ve actually made slow progress on the space, since the walls are back in and painted, the trim is acclimating in my studio as I write so it can be painted and installed.

We’ve also purchased a ton of the accessories, etc. that will load in soon. We’re laying down floors by the 1st of January, so I see this room being revealed in the very near future 🙂

After we finish the bathroom, our master bedroom will be getting a bit of an update. Nothing fancy, some new (and badly needed) linens, curtains and maybe even a little furniture painting. The whole shabang can be done in one day while everyone is out learning and earning and stuff. I’m no stranger to hanging curtains 🙂

Here’s what the room will get:

fresh paint on the furniture
new curtains
new quilt/comforter
new sheets
new decorative pillow (with a surprise color pop!)
artwork (handmade, of course)
See, nothing dramatic, just a little quick refresh that will make it feel like a whole new space.
Last on my list is adding curb appeal. Living in a mobile home, the #2 question folks ask me (right behind my flooring) is what did we do with the exterior of our home. And I have nothing to show them…. because we haven’t got there yet. In 2013 we’re gonna carpe that diem and start working on the exterior of our home. On top of a new roof, we’re also going to finally add in some landscaping.  
I know, I know, you think my neighbors hate me. Well, since I only have one neighbor that can see my house, we’re not on anyone’s hit list. (Thankfully our neighbors are awesome!) But, it drives me crazy, so we’re gonna fix it up. We may even add an outdoor eating area…. maybe.
Is that all we’ll get done this year? Probably not. Will it all get done this year? I sure hope so! I’d like to throw the kitchen into that mix, but that would be stretching my budget (and sanity), so I’m only going to put the big 3 on my list.
What’s my other big change for 2013? I closed my Esty shop. I know, it’s scary. Seriously. I love, love, loved being a part of the handmade movement for a long, long time, but I think that time in my life has run it’s course for a while. After I left Peacock Lane, I very quickly realized that I could easily let go of the day to day handmade life. 
I was never able to figure out my title as a handmade seller, but I’ve always been able to say with great certainty that I’m a writer. I’ve been a writer for over a decade. I even got a degree in professional writing. When I took a few days off after Bella Rustica to relax and catch my breath, I couldn’t wait to get back to writing. You may have even noticed that I’ve been posting a LOT more than I have in over 2 years. 
So for 2013, I’m just gonna write. I’m gonna blog my little heart out. No late nights furiously getting out orders. No scurrying to the last minute to pull together a show. This year is about you and me and the blog. You’ve got my undivided attention 🙂
What are your goals for 2013?
I’d love to know in the comments!
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About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Great POST!
    I will be starting to redo my Main Bath this weekend!
    thanks for the PUSH!!!

  2. My goal for 2013 is to organize my home. The whole thing. It will take all year, but slowly and steadily I will conquer this mountain! I’m writing about and showing before and afters on my blog. I will get to my bathrooms and Master in March and April, and like you, will make some simple needed changed there as well as get it together. Come over and see!

  3. Mine is going through every room in the house and getting rid of stuff that is no longer needed or wanted. Organize closets, drawers, cabinets Everthing! And to get my garage cleaned out and organized and also my patio!! If I can get all that done and some rooms painted I will be a happy camper!! Here’s to a great and awesome 2013!!

  4. Great goals, Gina…you’re sure to impress us with your accomplishments….GO GINA, GO!

  5. My goal is to not miss a single post of yours!! Truly, I’ve been following for a while, but rarely comment. You are AWESOME! As for my goal, finish organizing my craft room. We’ve been in this house a little over a year…..and I’m still working on it. It sort of ebbs and flows. Some days I can get in the door, other days I can’t. THIS will be the year!


  6. I really need to make a list like this. I have a few things I want to fix up and change in my apartment, they are in the back of my head, but not broken down by room or priority. Since I rent, it won’t be major changes that I can do, but little ones management won’t mind.

  7. Love this post!! Well I would like to make a craft space down stairs for my daughter:) and do a lot of decrapifying!!!

  8. This post is hitting home with me as I plan out my 2013. Steve and I are hitting lots of home projects we have been putting off. It’s always time and money, money and time. Just when we got the last of our 3 daughters out of college, then her wedding, we got sidetracked with my cancer. God has been good because as I’ve recovered, I’ve come back to myself but more creative than ever. Fall and winter have inspired me to keep on blogging.

    TMI I’m sure:) so now there are so many little things we need/want to do around the house. I’ve actually started making notes so that my thoughts and ideas don’t go in then out my brain.

  9. Hi Gina, I live in a mobile home, too, so your blog is always super-encouraging to me. Your home is beautiful!

    I wanted to mention, since you’ll be replacing your roof, that we put a metal roof on our home in 1991, and it’s still going strong. (If you want details, it came from the factory with rolled roofing, we attached 1×4’s over that, and screwed corrugated metal onto them.) We might need to tighten a screw here or there, but it’s in excellent shape.

    Keep up the great work. I’m looking forward to your blog in 2013.

  10. this is a great point to make goals for our house. i feel like i so often do a little here and a little there and feel like i don’t accomplish anything i want to. i’m going to think about my home and which areas i want to work on. excited to see your progress!

  11. Great goals and I can’t wait to see the reveals! We really need to finish the main bath (been in limbo for 2 years!) and start the kitchen (have been wanting to do that for 8 years) and now that I’m not working anymore, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Well, until it’s time to start the next room.
    All the best in the New Year!
    Debbie 🙂

  12. I have already been pondering upon what I want to achieve for 2013. But, have yet to put everything on paper. I like how you do goals for the house. I have not done that before. This was perfect timing to be inspired.

  13. I’d love to finish my laundry room/pantry. It’s bare-bones right now, only primer on the walls, and it’s just sort of unpleasant to be in. I want to put up cupboards and even beadboard if I can talk my husband into installing it…then a soft color on the walls and some art. It’s a small-ish space, but for some reason it overwhelms me lol! Thanks for the post.

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