30 Days, 21 Projects – Day 1, Lists


After having gone through the book “21 Days to A More Disciplined Life” several times and complete a few larger projects, it has come to my attention that I have smaller projects around the house.  Yes, I am glad the flower bed out front has been redone and the bathroom is complete. (Okay, almost.  I’ll post more when it is daylight as there is currently no electricity in there … I’ll explain later.)  However, the smaller projects keep being put back on the shelf to do later, only later never comes.

I have decided to tackle these projects this month.  Below are 21 projects to complete within the next 30 days.

  1. Spackle Stairway
  2. Prime spots to be painted (from previous replacement of door and window frames)
  3. Paint spots around door and window frames
  4. Repaint Horse post by street
  5. Strip vent covers in bathroom and kitchen
  6. Repaint bathroom and kitchen vent covers
  7. Add outlet cover for washer/dryer
  8. Add outlet cover for outlet on front porch
  9. Install switch for back deck light Check credit reports
  10. Replace light fixture in stairway
  11. Remove weeping cherry (to create a place for blackberry bushes)
  12. Put out a birdbath
  13. Buy new kitchen trash can
  14. Organize and label kitchen pantry
  15. Move clothing totes to back of crawl space (instead of right in front), add shoe rack and rod to hang winter coats
  16. Divide out future clothing sized into clear totes, label
  17. Put camping stuff in tote(s), label
  18. Clean bathroom grout
  19. Seal bathroom grout
  20. Make and freeze 4 different soups, 3 months worth each
  21. Seal pots and paint with chalkboard paint (to be used with herb plants on the deck)
#9 was changed due to knowing we were going to get an electrician to come to work on installing a vent for the bathroom I’ve been working on.  After thinking about it, I decided it was worth the extra few dollars it would cost to save on time and headache of me having to figure out how to add a box to an already installed light/wire.  Soon after coming to this conclusion, I was reminded that we haven’t checked our credit reports in some time.  So that made it to the list in the light switch’s stead.

As you an see, not all the projects are equal.  That isn’t the point.  The point is that these are projects that have been put off and put off.  They are mental clutter that I see every day.

The list could be longer, my ultimate to-do list is much longer.  However, these are the 21 I thought would be a great start to dwindling the list down.  Will it take less than 30 days?  Maybe.  By building in an extra 9 days I allow for things to go wrong and distractions to come up.  I have also tried to list projects in groups.  If something comes up so that a particular project can not be down at that time then I am okay with doing something else.  Maybe an appointment that days limits my time.  So instead of project that may take an hour, I only  have 30 minutes to work on it or a smaller project.  That is fine.  The order is not set.

For those joining me in doing this: Today, make a list of all the items you will need to complete all your goals.  This will range from the obvious to the less obvious.  For me that would mean from clear totes to ingredients for the soups.  Whatever you might need to buy will be listed out.  This will decrease the trips to the store for these items, as you will know ahead of time if you need several things from one store.

Are there projects you would like to get accomplished but which kept getting put off?  If you could do one today, or tomorrow, what would it be?  What is keeping you from doing it?

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