Clean up and de-Clutter

Home Improvement: a process

Here’s the thing about home improvement projects for me, I’m not very good at getting them done in a timely manner.

April–motivated.  Brooke–motivated.  Paula–driven by guilt and thus motivated.  Squash–…um, squash?  (We’ll call her limited at this point in her life because she is a teenager, and everyone knows that the teenage brain is not fully developed…I’m just saying work with it Squash.  Milk this excuse as long as you can!)

Me?  I have no excuses.  Sure I’m busy with life, work, and…what else?  I don’t know.  I don’t have children, I don’t have a husband, or even a real career.  What I do have, though, is procrastination, and a wondering eye.

See I can start projects:

* Winterize yard — half done.

* Get the Bungalow grass? — um, it’s still dirt, and now it has weeds.  When I finally had a weekend free to put in sod?  Snow.  And then the company selling my sod said they were done for the season.  Did I know that winter would eventually get here when I started the project in July?  Yes.  I plead the 5th.

*Bedroom door — oh you haven’t heard about the bedroom door?  Let’s just say that I took it off it’s hinges over a year ago.  The other day I bought a new door, and I’ve painted one side.

* And don’t get me started about blog posts — I have several posts that I’ve started, but have I finished them?  Nada.  Because I need to get some pictures and that’s apparently hard.

* Bedroom / bookcase extravaganza — my latest project where I decided that I needed to rearrange and get a new bed.  In progress.  (Actually this project is nearly finished due to the fact that we needed our kitchen counters back.

But finishing projects can seem so hard.

And then as soon as I start a project I think of all the other things I should be tending to first.  Like finishing previous projects or doing the prep work that should have come first, like getting a replacement before ripping out doors… And then well, I get distracted and things pile up.  And of course it’s easier to add to the pile than complete a project, at least it seems that way to me.

It’s a theme in my life.

But I’m working on it.  See:

The books have made it back onto the shelves.  They may not be organized, the shelves may need to be adjusted, but they are off the counters.

So what project(s) are you sitting on?

–Catherine

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