LenaLoo:Looking at ADD Life Through a Creative Lens
Hubs and I are moving into our first house! We are still renting, but we expect to be in this place for awhile. We are allowed to paint as long as we paint it all back to the FROST WHITE (read: sterile hospital white) that it is now. Needless to say, this ADDer decided to paint every nook and cranny of this 1000 sq ft house (have I mentioned I haven't ever painted a whole room from start to finish?) in bold bright colors (pretty much every color in the rainbow, wish I was kidding - BEHR Cinnabark Brown, Morocco Red, Vintage Orange, Pale Honey Yellow, Eco Green, Cayman Bay Blue, Indulgent Purple, and Purple Mauve). Oh yeah, did I also forget to mention that hubs is suffering from the worst case of vertigo he has dealt with in the last three or four years? Yeah, I am taking point on this project. I sent out a text that said something along the lines of : "Desperately need help painting, have lots of beer, soda, and food. Come when you can, I'll be here all week." So far, we just have 3 walls of the 32 that need to be painted, primed (only 6 need primer). These are things I am learning as I go along.This is totally painting for dummies, if you have painted before, feel free to add more advice in the comments if I missed anything!
  • When choosing colors, get a sample and paint a test square in a discreet spot and let it dry FULLY before buying a whole gallon of the color
  • Measure all the walls height and width and group them by color and have a friend who is good with numbers (unless you are, which I so am not) tell you how many square feet of each color you will need so you don't buy too much or too little paint
  • Make sure you get enough rollers (big and small), brushes (for trim, edges, and corners), and pans for every person helping you paint (BTW, don't do it by yourself, offer to pay friends in beverages of choice and pizza or sandwiches). Also make sure you get a lot of painters tape (no you can't just use scotch/duct, or packing tape that you have laying around), brush cleaner, a bucket to pour brush cleaner into (preferably metal), small paint cups for brush work, lots of paper towels or rags, and plastic wrap. Take a multi screwdriver too in case you have to take down blinds and a step ladder.
  • Move and cover furniture (if there is any in the house)
  • Wash down walls with TSP (unless you have the good fortune of moving into a house that has just been painted white through and through).
  • Tape over all molding, baseboards, along ceiling, window sills, around doors, around any light switches or electrical outlets (Do not skip this, seriously)
  • Lay down tarp and tape to base board or floor (if paint drips on tarp wipe it up so you don't track it around the rest of the no tarped room, or house).
  • Take it ONE color at a time! And let it dry for over an hour before doing second coats!
  • Prime every wall you need to prime (again, most walls need to be primed unless you are painting over a neutral or white with a darker color, if you are painting a dark rich color like red, brown or black, go with a gray primer). Primer is usually a little cheaper than paint, so get good coverage out of it, if you feel like you can see patches, go over it again with a second coat once first coat has dried at least an hour. Let primer dry overnight before painting color onto it.
  • When putting paint on a roller it is helpful to roll it off in a second pan that does not have extra paint in the bottom so you don't slap so much paint on the wall that it runs
  • Paint with roller in up and down strokes, making sure to roll over excess paint so you don't leave drip marks.
  • Go over edges, corners, and around outlets with brush and then blend with small roller to make sure paint is applied evenly.
  • Clean brushes and rollers off immediately when you are done painting a color (rollers need to be dried thoroughly) or when you are done for the day. If you are just taking a lunch break, wrap rollers in plastic wrap and cover pans as well so they will still be wet when you are ready to paint again
And I am referring to flylady.net for packing tips!
Our move in date is the 7th, but our move out date from our current apartment is not until the 26th... As long as I don't procrastinate, I should have plenty of time to do this right. Have I mentioned that I HATE MOVING? But I am so glad to have a fresh start in a new place. This is my game plan (x = done, s = started):
  • X Establish layout for new house and label rooms by color
  • X Choose paint colors for rooms
  • S Make a "packing supplies" basket so they don't get packed away
  • S Purge and pack up stuff we don't use daily (and mark with coordinating colored markers by location in new house): x books, x stockpile of smelly stuff, x DVD's (not Cohen's!), CD's, any kitchen stuff we don't use daily, plates, glasses, silverware (except for set for 4), knickknacks, art, craft stuff, x Christmas stuff (yeah still haven't put it all away)
  • S Establish my temporary kitchen supplies (1 pot, 1 pan, 1 glass dish, mixing bowl, crock pot, microwave, coffee pot, good knife with cover, measuring cup and spoons,cutting board, spatula, whisk, wooden spoon, tongs, pot holders, dish towel, dish soap and scrubber, salt, seasoned salt, garlic powder, dried onions, parsley, coffee, and sugar, a few storage containers, paper towels, garbage bags)
  • S Make a box of easy to prep food supplies (peanut butter, jelly, tuna, crackers, jar of pickles, mac and cheese, cereal, pasta and jar sauce)
  • X Make a box of cleaning supplies to take to new house (clorox wipes, broom, dustpan, mop, vacuum, paper towels, toilet paper, gloves, scrubbers, windex, pledge, 409, caulk, tilex, screwdrivers, drill, molly brackets, utility knife, hammer, nails, paint brushes,tarps, masking tape, garbage bags, scissors)
  • Set aside clothes, linens, and toiletries we need until we are unpacked (also: laptop, phone chargers, hair dryer and flat iron)
  • S Purge and pack x pantry,  x storage ware, linens, clothes, toys, bathroom supplies
  • Take down shelves and un-mount bookshelves from walls (tape all mounting hardware to the shelves in a plastic baggie!!!)
  • Charge drill
  • X On lease signing day (7th), scrub down house!
  • X Put toilet paper in bathroom and paper towels in each room
  • X Make sure utilities are in our name
  • Have internet hooked up
  • Get estimate on carpet?
  • S Paint
  • Have new carpet installed?
  • Line kitchen, pantry, and bathroom shelves
  • Install child proof locks
  • Move furniture
  • Set up and make beds first!
  • Set up Cohen's changing table and some toys for him
  • Set up TV and DVD player for Cohen
  • Move boxes
  • Pack fridge and freezer food
  • Move freezer
  • Unpack freezer and fridge food
  • Move cat (set up litter box and food dishes on porch)
  • Take cleaning supplies to apartment
  • Deep clean apartment
  • Unpack one room at a time in this order: Porch, Kitchen/Dining room, Laundry room/pantry,Cohen's room, Bathroom, Our Bedroom, Den, Living room (keep a goodwill bin and trash can at hand to further purge)
FlyLady.net is a great resource for ADDer's who are trying to get things tidy!

I use some of her practices and I utilize Gmail tasks (and the gTasks app for Android) to get things done.