30 Days, 21 Projects – Days 9 &10 – No Right Way


Did anyone notice a lack of post yesterday?  Life happened.  Between trying to shorten nap times for a little one, car battery dying, redoing lunch and supper plans and 6 loads of laundry a post just didn’t make it onto the computer.  Sorry about that. What still did happen was work on a project.  Actually, I worked on 3 projects.  Day 8 I wanted to work on spackling the stairway.  What happened instead was making one of the soups and quadrupling a corn bread recipe to make a dozen corn bread muffins four times.

On Day 8 a little friend was supposed to come for a few hours mid morning.  So, when the one kid didn’t adjust to the time change very well and stayed home from school (no nap for three days and didn’t go to sleep till 12:30 a.m.), our morning was thrown off a bit.  Not only where we trying to be quiet so that one could sleep, but I was also trying to not get into the middle of a project before the friend came. The friend ended up not coming, but a few hours of the day had already gone by before getting the call about this.  So much for the normal Monday morning routine.  When lunch came I figured the least I could do was work on one of the projects and multiply the amount of chili I was making.  Spackling of the stairway did not get done, however.

Day 9 was better, if not just as annoying schedule wise.  I was able to Spackle the stairway, make another soup (times 4, as we also had it for supper) and we put up the birdbath that came in the mail. (We had to order it since the store had none in stock.)  I also did a few more finishing touches on the bathroom upstairs.  After Day 8, I realized that there was no one right way to do a project.  When I first started I imagined myself taking a day or two per project, working on one at a time.  Yesterday reminded me that perfectionism should not be allowed to get in the way.  The goal was to work on a project (or two or three) each day so that progress was being made.  The goals wasn’t to complete only one project each day.

Today, I am going to continue down the list of painting related projects.  This shouldn’t take too long.  It will also work well with what needs to be done.  No 6 loads of laundry to do today.  I do  have my normal 1 load to do, as well as picking up.  So far, the schedule looks nice and boring.

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
  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 – work in progress.  Two soups made.
Have all your projects gone as you anticipated?  Have you found a rhythm different than you thought it would be?  Keep up the work and soon you will start to see your list getting smaller.