When I’m feeling overwhelmed, I start making lists. My brain has a tendency to go into overdrive and never stop until I download the information.
So this means I have lists everywhere. I still write a lot of lists in actual, paper notebooks, but I also have lists on my computer, on my phone and on scrap pieces of paper.
Ryan says that if anyone finds my notebook, they would think I was insane.
But that’s a story for another day. (Or not.)
As we are getting closer and closer to the start of building our house, I’m finding myself in list overload.
Many of these things are actually not imperative right NOW at all, but I don’t want to lose my thoughts so I just start listing.
So, I thought I’d start sharing some of these lists on the blog. This serves two purposes for me.
- It helps me download the ideas in my head, to have in writing for later.
- It selfishly helps me download YOUR ideas. I really hope you’ll share ideas to add to my list in the comments. (I loved all your thoughts in my last post about house building, so I’m counting on you.)
I know that many of you have also built a house – and many of you dream and plan for it one day. So, I hope you’ll chime in.
You are going to think that I’m insane about starting a list this early about outlets, but hear me out.
I’ve lived in two old houses that we’ve renovated, and I’m always going insane about outlets. There was NEVER one where I needed one. And I hated running extension cords.
Then, we finished the barn and put in TONS of outlets to avoid this (for a smaller space). And I still wish there were outlets in a few other places. (And Ryan actually had to go back and add outlets to the exterior because it was forgotten.)
So, I started making lists of where I want to have outlets so it’s very clear.
Because sometimes, I’m married to someone who likes to pretend we never talked about something that we actually did talk about. And other times, I’m married to someone who thinks I actually just had these conversations in my head. (I’ll let you decide who is actually telling the truth.)
So that’s why this list has been top of mind.
- Front porch.
- Back porch/deck.
- Several near the eaves for Christmas lights (with switch).
- Exterior of garage (for washing/cleaning car).
- Under back deck (exposed basement).
- Inside cabinet for charging station.
- Pantry cabinet for small appliances.
- Side of island.
Outlets for under cabinet lighting (connected to light switch).
- Above cabinets (connected to light switch).
Living room outlets
- Mantel level for garlands and decor (connected to light switch).
- In floor for lamps in open floor plan (connected to light switch).
- Drop area (at console table level).
- Behind each end table (at table level and hooked to a switch).
- In master closet (for iron).
- Behind dresser area (at dresser level).
- In vanity cabinet for hair dryer, straightener.
- In medicine cabinet for electric toothbrush and razor.
- In coat and linen closets – for vacuums, steamers and iron.
- Higher level outlets in bedrooms and living room for Scentsy.
- In upstairs hallway (for vacuum)
- Consider location for computer and printer and plan outlets accordingly.
(I came up with some of these ideas from this forum on Houzz.)