Part II of my ‘Family’ area of goal-tackling is to cover my who, what, when, how, where and why of a, a-hem, ~ frightening ~ goal:
Complete 12 Home Improvement Projects of Any Kind
I’m almost positive this goal would not ‘frighten’ most people.
Let me tell you why I’m scared of this:
Last year, I spent the better part of two months painting my craft room and my husband installed DIY shelves after the painting portion was complete.
The results were glorious.
Facebook and Instagram were my choices of writing “notes to my children” instead of this blog last year, thus the process of both painting the room and making the shelves didn’t get documented much.
What I do remember is how awful it was to paint a room by myself.
And on top of that, it forced me to organize my own junk.
I know, I know. Don’t judge me for having so.many.things. You would too if you’ve lived 39-years on this planet and was a craft hoarder.
The painting and shelf making happened in the months of May and June.
In October, my husband and I decided to stop putting off a home-improvement project we’ve put off long enough – replacing the carpet in our home.
If you’ve ever changed carpet in your home, then you may be able to relate to what a frickin’ nightmare it is to pack everything up as if you’re moving.
I have no idea how we got through my husband’s office. He had dust off those shelves from years and years of dusting-neglect.
But – things were boxed up, the carpet guys came in, put the carpet into the house over the course of four days and moved a bunch of boxes back into the rooms they started in.
For the most part, that’s where the boxes stayed until January 1, 2016. (Okay, maybe December 31st.)
I wish I could write that I threw up my hands in disgust and said “Today’s the day! I’m going to get through these boxes no matter if the house is on fire!”
But, I never said that. ….And don’t even have a tiny-bit of issues with it either.
The times I have written in this blog go over the time and time again where I have neglected housework to get the important things done.
Like having babies… and doing crafts with my children… and hanging out with my mom when she was alive.
You know, important stuff like that.
My house is a complete mess right now, and I’m okay with it.
It won’t stay that way and it won’t be because I wrote that this year I’m going to clean it and get through all my stuff.
It won’t stay that way because eventually, year after year, my children grow up, we get closer by getting them to help me do things around the house, and I’m able to get through the years of pile up of stuff, papers, and craft supplies that cover the floors, sit in boxes and basically take over certain areas of the house.
So this year, my goal is to tackle 12 home improvement projects of any kind.
I have a list that my husband and I started, and I’m sure we will add to it throughout the year.
Here’s a few items for you to feel better about yourselves and your probable cleaner-than-me house status.
- Clean-up and find a better way to organize my youngest son’s closet.
- Take down, clean and rearrange the stuff above the stove and counters in the kitchen.
- Get through the past several years of paperwork piled up on counters, bags, and in boxes. I would estimate that about 90-percent of these piles are children’s artwork and things brought home from school. I actually have a really good way to organize it now, but there was a time when I didn’t have a good way to organize it, and these piles are just carried over year after year. I know some can relate….
- Complete the projects and find homes for the stuff in the boxes in my craft room.
- Organize the boxes in our bedroom.
- Get the garage organized more to be able to put one vehicle in it.
And if all that get’s accomplished, my husband wants to consider painting the interior walls of the house. As much as I’m reluctant to do this, I think the reluctance comes from having to pack up things again. After the craft room nightmare of not knowing how long the prep was going to take a full-time working mom, we are both on board with hiring someone this time. I do know that if we do this, I want to start in the kitchen/dining area.
Some of the things I listed may only take anywhere from 15-minutes to a few hours.
That’s not the point.
The point is that I DON’T WANT TO DO IT. I don’t just want to throw it out either, but it’s so hard to convince myself that I’m spending time on something important. Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know it is.
Oh boo-hoo-hoo, right? Be upset with me or don’t understand me if you will, but hey, at least I’m honest about it.
As always, thanks for reading.