You all know what I mean. I’m talking about those projects you put off because you just don’t feel like finishing them. Or you’re too tired. Or there is just no time right now? The reasons go on and on.
I am right there with you in the “putting off” boat.
For me it is two projects that are years in the making.
The first one is a room in my house that has been a source of headache for my husband and me as long as I can remember. This room started off with the intention of being half walk-in closet, half office space. What it actually has become is a storage room. Yes our desk is in there and our clothes but so are hundreds of other things that don’t need to be. I honestly feel like I am in a bad episode of Hoarders when I enter that room! Kid you not!
Periodically I would work on cleaning it out, but the task felt daunting and I gave up easily. The little progress I made would soon be covered up with more “stuff” because I waited so far in between clearing out sessions.
The other week I came to the conclusion that I NEED a functional office space. Trying to work and write at the kitchen table or couch is becoming nearly impossible with two rambunctious toddlers. I need a space that is quieter and a bit of a calm sanctuary to better my focus and creative abilities.
I started tackling the hoarder room with a new sense of ambition and excitement.
I’m a few weeks into this and I am proud to say I can walk around the room without fearing for my safety. LOL I still have a ways to go but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. The project feels like something that can actually be accomplished.
I also feel freer since I have bags and boxes of items to give away or sell. It was hard but I had to be honest with myself about most everything in that room. If I didn’t truly love it nor need it now, then it had to go. It was making me more miserable holding on to it than seeing it go out the door. I may blog about that aspect later this summer.
The second project I have been working on for about two years is a Quiet Book for the kids. I started making this when Noah was about a year old. Well he’s almost four and his sister is one. I’m a bit behind…..
I started this project for a few reasons. First, my mom made me one when I was a little girl. I cherished it and it is one of the few childhood items I have held onto all these years. I showed it to my son a while back and he loves it too. Second, I do try to entertain my kids with something other than electronics as often as I can. Don’t get me wrong, I have a tablet for days I need a back-up and nothing else is working but I do always try other things first.
In case you are not familiar with what a Quiet Book is, I’ll explain. A Quiet Book is typically made from cloth and felt. Its pages are filled with activities for little ones to do and play. For example, one page could have kids matching colors or shapes. Another page could have a picture of a city with roads, which a child can run their Hot Wheels along. Or there can be a page that is like paper dolls but made with felt.
I have not gotten far on this project. I’ve only completed most of one page. It is a Mr. Potato Head with felt parts.
My goal is to have the book completed by the end of summer. It is a lofty goal but I am determined to get the project done and out of the unfinished box in my mind. I told two people so far and asked them to keep me accountable; now I’m asking all of you to do the same for me. Thanks in advance!!
Let us know what your unfinished projects are and let us help you stay accountable too!
I look forward to hearing about all of your projects and to share with you all pictures of my finished projects.
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