30 Days, 21 Projects – Day 7 Taking A Day Off

Yesterday, I tackled a large project – organizing and labeling my pantry.  It took longer than I thought.  Not because it was hard, but because I was trying to be perfect.  Yes, perfectionism got me again. However, it was completed by late afternoon.

Here are some photos of what it looked like while organizing the pantry:

Below is a before picture.  Notice the salad spinner we haven’t used in … months?

Here is a picture of all the pantry items moved out of the pantry.  I employed two laundry baskets to hold items “to go somewhere else” and “appliances or other helps to go to shelves in the basement”.

With everything cleaned out, the pantry looked very empty and promising.  I took the opportunity to wipe them down.  Never would I have guessed that pantry shelves could get so dusty.

Then came the task of putting everything back.  Due to height variances, I was not able to put all the items next to each other that I wanted.  Trying to figure out what would go back where, to make sense, too the longest.

It took even longer than labeling.  Towards the end of adding labels I decided not to add them for everything.  Some things, like baked beans, are not a normal pantry item for us.  I was not going to make a spot for every single thing that would possible ever show up in our pantry.  I made them for common items though and categories for everything else, ex: veggies, baking items, etc.

I know the angle is off on some of the pictures.  Because of the tight space, I had to walk DOWN four stairs before I could get a picture that was larger than about 5 cans wide.  This meant I was taking pictures from about the floor level, unless I held my arms up (till they hit the short ceiling) and took a picture without being able to see what I was actually taking a picture of.

Today, I need a break.  I could tell by yesterday afternoon, as I snapped at one of the kids.  “Don’t they understand I am trying to organize here?”  It was about 5 minutes later that I realized exactly how off that thought was.  They were just wanting some attention.  So, today I am not working on any of the projects.   Sometimes, a break is what is needed to gain energy to go again.

On a happy note, the bird bath should be here in a few days.  On a not so happy note, I still have not been able to find a trashcan I like.  While stopping at a farm store today, to buy some onion sets in bulk, I browsed their trash can selection.  I thought that perhaps they would have what I was looking for, since I want something just a bit bigger than normal.  No such luck.  The search continues.

Lists of my 21 Projects:

  1. Spackle stairway walls
  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. Seal pots and paint with chalkboard paint (to be used with herb plants on the deck)
  8. Add outlet cover for washer/dryer
  9. Add outlet cover for outlet on front porch
  10. Check credit report
  11. Replace light fixture in stairway
  12. Remove weeping cherry (to create a place for blackberry bushes)
  13. Put out a bird bath – work in progress
  14. Buy new kitchen trash can – work in progress
  15. Organize and label kitchen pantry
  16. Move clothing totes to back of crawl space (instead of right in front), add shoe rack and rod to hang winter coats
  17. Divide out future clothing sized into clear totes, label
  18. Put camping stuff in tote(s), label
  19. Clean bathroom grout
  20. Seal bathroom grout
  21. Make and freeze 4 different soups, 3 months worth each

4 projects completed, with 2 more worked on.  This upcoming week will see more painting and related projects.  I would love to see if I can get projects 1 – 6 completed by the end of the week.  May not get done though, as I have something all day Saturday.  We’ll see.  Perhaps that will be a day for a quick project.

How are you coming?  Have you found that you have needed a break this past week?  Were you able to cross any projects off your list?