Weekend projects and the domino effect…

The closet organizing and cleaning project a few short weeks ago seems to have gotten me in the organizing mood.  Bear with me, if you will.  This post might seem to be just a bunch of unrelated stories – Christmas dishes, hanging wall art, a blue accessory,  my To Do List, my weekend project idea, and honeycomb shades.  However, these stories are, in fact, related because of the “domino effect”.

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The domino effect is often not a great thing.  You know, like when you buy a new sofa and the rest of your furniture then looks out of place.  So, you replace the out of place furniture.  Then, the rug doesn’t match so you get a new rug.  Next, the new furniture and rug don’t really work with the old wall color.  You paint the room a fresh new color that works great with the new furniture and rug.  Now, the adjacent rooms all look dingy.  And it starts all over.  For me, this time the domino effect was a good thing in that it had me getting some small stuff done that should have been done years ago.

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I finished sorting my Christmas stuff over the weekend.  I noticed at Christmas that I didn’t have enough time or space to put out all my Christmas decor – collected over many years.  I decided it was time to sort through the over abundance of Christmas decor and keep only what I loved and could realistically display during the Christmas season.  Sadly, some items didn’t make the cut – mostly the mass produced, plastic type items.  All the handmade items were again packed away for next year.  The Christmas dishes were one of the few items that got to stay – despite not being handmade.  I preach the “use it or lose it” thing a lot.  I decided then and there I need to use the dishes or lose the dishes. I didn’t want to lose em.  So, I brought em out of their bin.  Now I can use em.  I surveyed my dining room cabinet looking for a bit of space for my Christmas dishes.  I found a spot that was occupied by a pile of wall art waiting to be hung.  I pulled out the art and stored my dishes in their new, accessible spot.

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I looked around for a spot to relocate the pile of art.  Then, I realized it had been piled up for 2 years or so.  I am a procrastinator.  I know that about myself.  I talk about being a procrastinator.  I think about being a procrastinator.  I aim to not be a procrastinator.  I opted to stop the procrastination that very minute.  I got out the hammer and nails – and hung up the art.  So, a little about hanging art.  I like hanging art in unusual ways – when I actually get around to doing it.  The art I had was ripe for some creative hanging.

Over a window – This metal basket was given to me by my friend Tobie.  Tobie now lives in Wyoming.  Two other pieces of art in the laundry room are from Wyoming.  Tobie is a Miami Dolphins fan (orange and turquoise).  The laundry room is turquoise.  The laundry room is next to the sunroom.  The sunroom is bright orange. Isn’t it a little weird how all the Wyoming things came together?  Surprisingly, I didn’t do it on purpose.

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Over a door – We had a Canadian Goose named Ernie growing up.  Ernie ended up being an Ernestine.  These Ernies were a gift from an old friend.

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In the sunroom and also over the door – The cat over the door was a gift from Tad’s sister.

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In the kitchen niche – I wanted to keep all these cats together.  I feel like the cats hanging on the wall up high in the niche are easier to see than any accessories I have tried on the shelf itself.

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This, then, resulted in some rearranging and rotating of accessories into storage and some out of storage.  I brought the blue buffalo out for a little cool color relief.

This was a quick 2 hour project and provided me with a great sense of accomplishment.  I did this all while Tad was at work.  I then quizzed him on the changes I made.  I feel like it was an exercise in being observant.  To date, he has only been able to identify half of the changes I made.  I believe this is evidence that home decor is likely less important to Tad than it is to me?

Anyway, things didn’t stop there.

I got my To Do List in order this weekend – as you might already know – since I posted it on Monday.

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While compiling the To Do List, I realized that there are a bunch of smaller, easier projects that could be knocked out in a few hours at the most.  I am now calling these small projects my “Weekend Projects” – because I think I can get each one done over a weekend.  I don’t want to spend all weekend doing projects, but 1-2 per month for a total of 2-4 hours per month should put a pretty big dent in my To Do List over time.  And – I will still have time for other fun stuff.  Anyway, the Christmas dish thing, wall art accomplishment, and accessory rearranging – while satisfying to wrap up – wasn’t on an actual list anywhere.  So, I felt the need to do something on my To Do List that I could cross through.

I decided to get on this weekend project thing right away.  I measured and ordered shades for the dining room, sunroom, and mudroom.   We’ve been talking about getting the dining room shades for 10-15ish years.  The mudroom and sunroom shades have only been on the list for 2ish years.  We already have honeycomb shades in our living room, sunroom, and laundry room.  We will continue the honeycomb theme because we like honeycomb shades.

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I think honeycomb shades sometimes get a bad rap.  I don’t know why.  These shades are perfect for us and our house – functional, non fussy, don’t detract from or cover up the woodwork, nearly invisible when pushed open, and great at keeping the heat and cold out.  More info to come on our planning, decision making, and measuring  when we go to install in a few weeks.

Nothing like a To Do List to get me motivated (and keep me accountable).  I am feeling really good about my “Weekend Project” idea.