room reset challenge | part 3 | making lists

Marian ParsonsDecorating, Master Bedroom, My House, Room Makeovers, Secret Weapons, Tips and Tricks

In part two of the room reset, we were playing with our stuff.  Like our room is one in a dollhouse and we’re moving around the pieces until we like it.  Adding some things, taking away others, assessing the space and trying to think outside of the box.  This is about using as much of what you have to make this room what you want it to be.

Now, it’s time for part three.  Making lists.  I know that doesn’t sound as fun as playing with your things, but the lists are about refining the space and making your dream room attainable.

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(This picture is from last year.  I’m not decorating for Christmas already!)

So,there are two lists to make at this point…


1.) A list of action items, things to do in the space

I have found that when you empty out rooms during a reset, you notice things that need to be done.  Maybe it’s spring cleaning-type things like vacuuming the snack buffet out from under the sofa cushions or wiping down the baseboards.  It could also be home improvement projects you want to do, like installing crown molding or swapping out a light fixture.

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I usually break this action item list into a few different sections.  One is things I can take care of for free, right away, by myself.  The other projects are ones that might be free and I might be able to do by myself, but they are going to take more time to execute, like making a slipcover with fabric I already have.  The other section would be for down-the-road projects that I need to save or plan for.  I might even add a few things that are total wish-list items, because it never hurts to dream a little bit!

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2.) A list of things to buy or look for

I have also found that once a room reset is done, there are usually a few holes.  You may not have the perfect table to fit at the end of the sofa or you could really use some fresh pillows or a larger rug.  Start making a list of things you would like for the room.

Be specific as possible.  Write down measurements, the style and color of what you want.  This will help you be more focused when you’re shopping.

Once you have a list, rewrite it in order of priority, so you know what you want to purchase first, if possible.  I like to start with the most impactful items first, so I make sure those fit into my budget, and then I’ll look for the rest and work down the list until my budget runs out or the room is finished.

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The process of making the lists and working until everything is crossed off can be a long one.  And that’s okay.  As I shared in the “evolution of my home” series, my rooms have very slowly evolved over the past nine years.  Sometimes I would do a room reset, make the lists, but I didn’t have any money to spend, so I ended up doing another room reset before I finished the first one!  And it’s okay if you do that, too.

Sometimes a room reset is just about getting out of a rut and giving you a new space without spending any money.  It helps you see your room and your things in a new way.  I found it always gives me an excitement about my house and gets my creativity going.  It also motivates me to pick up the house, finish projects that have been lingering on other lists, pull out some seasonal decorations, etc..

It’s a pick-me-up!


So, has anyone done a room reset along with this series?  Any success stories to share?  Did anyone move their furniture only to move it all back?  (I’ve done that plenty, so don’t feel bad!)

I’d love to hear what you have to share.  If you have pictures, please send them to me at

Have a great weekend!

room reset challenge | part 3 | making lists

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