30 Days, 21 Projects – 27 Days – Perfectionism was the culprit yet again!

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Two more projects were crossed off the list Thursday.  Yes, that means this post is a few days late.  It is also photo free since the pictures are on the camera at home, but I’m not at home.  We are visiting family for the Easter weekend.  When I get back I’ll add them to the next post.

The two projects I recently worked on, and finished, involved cleaning the grout in the bathroom and sealing it.  For something that is supposed to be done every year, it has been 4 years since I did it.  What kept me from doing it earlier?  Perfectionism.  I really thought I wasn’t a perfectionist.  However it seems that for every project on this list I am finding that the main reason I haven’t gotten to them was due to perfectionism, not lack of time.  I wasn’t sure of the RIGHT way to clean the grout, the RIGHT cleaner to use, the RIGHT sealant to use, the RIGHT brush … in the end I used the cleaner and sealant our local hardware store had.  I used a brush I had in the basement from a previous cleaning job I did.  Also, I found that my steamer worked much better than the cleaner and it smelled better too.

The biggest thing that was keeping me from this job were the stains around the edge of the toilet.  Over time a little miss here and a little miss there had created stains in the grout right at the edge where it meets the toilet.  After trying what I thought would work I gave in a searched the Internet for an answer.  What seemed to be the most recommended, a special cleaner, would have required an extra trip to the store on a night where I didn’t really have time.  I decided to try the “home remedies” first.  The first two didn’t have any impact.  The third one did, though I didn’t know it till the morning when the grout was completely dry.  I was so mad at it the night before I had given up and put everything away in a huff.  In the morning when I saw the stains were completely gone I felt bad about my unjustified anger (really, I was just overly annoyed) at the grout.  =)  I finished cleaning the other parts of grout around the toilet, as I had tried all the different ways to clean in one spot rather than having to do six different places each time.

Next came two applications of grout sealer and the job was done.  4 years of perfectionism done away with in about a day and half of work (with lots of down time in there).

We will be visiting family through Sunday.  Monday I am hoping to tackle the next big project left on my list, which I actually broke down into two parts – stripping and repainting vent covers in several rooms of my house.  Once those are done the remaining projects are pretty small and should go quickly.

While I can’t actually do any of the projects while I am away this weekend, I can think about them.  I really need to figure out a 4th soup recipe to make and freeze.  By the time I go home tomorrow I hope to have one in mind.  3 more days till Day 30 comes.  I’m hoping to make it as close as I can, but foresee two of the projects remaining unaccomplished by that time.  We’ll see if that thought comes true or it these will all be accomplished.

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) – work in progress
  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.  3 soups made.

How is your list coming?  Have you challenged yourself on anything lately?  What was the result?  Did you find it more difficult than you anticipated or did things get easier as you went along?