Maybe I should give myself until mid- August.
Well, it ends here. I’m giving myself until mid July to finish the bigger, space stealing projects I have in various stages of completion.
We tend to have too many irons in the fire at once here. I know that is just the reality of doing things on a budget- you have to collect things slowly and store them until your ready to do the project. (I have been saving old t-shirts in a certain group of colors for a few years now to make a rag rug.)
These are the kinds of things my husband questions my sanity about. Sure, we have a couple of trasbags of various old t-shirts etc in the garage, and lots of old mirrors and pane windows stacked along the walls of the garage, books for folding under the bed, a basket of sea shells to be painted, a big plastic box of thrift sweaters to be recycled for yarn …but I usually finish what I start, even if it is years later. It just makes for a cluttered garage.
Recently, however, my husband is talking about converting this storage room into a game room. (I’m sorry I just can’t write that without laughing at how Suburban 1980’s that sounds.)
I’m going to have to get some of “those irons” out of the garage for either the space they take up or to just get some things done. That means I have to re-gesso one antique mirror and find a way to hang the rest, pick shelving for the bathroom, make that cold frame out of the windows I’ve collected, treat and repaint our patio furniture, repair an adirondack chair, and make an awning. This will clear out the garage and completely finish my bathroom and patio. As far as the yarn goes, I am de-stashing this year so it will happen when it happens.
Then there’s the clutter in my house. I need to clear out cabinet and shelf space, give away some books, and be realistic about what does and doesn’t fit me inside of my closet, give away kids’ clothes, and reorganize my computer area.
I really don’t like mess, but I’m imperfect. I encourage myself by repeating the mantra I learned as a young mother: “People before things.” I may not have the neatest garage or closet, and I may take a while to hang art, but at least I don’t lose focus on my family. They just have to walk carefully to get into the car is all… and make sure they have current tetanus shots.
Maybe this will allow me to have better storage for my cameras and equipment. Speaking of cameras, I am keeping up with 365 but am now positive I will not do one next year so that I can devote my free time to playing around with different cameras and processes. I’m tired of the daily photo whip cracking over my head. Chances are I’d almost take one daily anyway.
Last but not least, there is the stack of books I’m supposed to be reading. I’ll just take them on vacation.