We had no renovating experience. We also bought a house that was a bit over our budget, so we didn't have extra money around to do too much to the house. After about 5 months of living in our house I thought we should make a list of things that we wanted done by the end of the year. It is mostly cosmetic, maintenance stuff, OR things that make our day to day life better.
Here is that original list. I'll write more about all of these things as time goes on.
-Blinds for 2 upstairs bedrooms
-Blinds for sunroom
-Blinds on back deck
-Fix leak on front deck
-Refinish french doors
-Replace outside lights