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Backlogged Backlog!

Here’s what remains of the old lists. These are going to be used as “fill ins” when appropriate, or if I just get them done, they’ll be noted.

My plan is to start anew, Monday 1/8, and see if I can’t get this idea to work the way it is supposed to, that is, NOT have lingering chores, for months. The malingering list indicates to me that the tasks were too intensive, too time consuming, or ?. As I’ve said before, the idea is that the tasks are short, simple things to do, not involved or complex.

Here’s the outstanding backlog. If I eliminate a task, I’ll note why or if I complete it, I’ll do the usual line-through and date.

  • Send the family pics, etc. to the cousin and school who want them.
  • Cull the veggie seeds and Done sometime in 12/2017. figure out what to order.
  • Make the first patterns for the chair reupolstery effort.
  • Work on the back storage.
  • Oil the sharpening stones. Done, date unknown 2/2018.
  • Put up the new pantry labels.
  • Design the pattern for the hearth rug. Has been designed and redesigned, and redesigned, several times. May still be changed, yet again. 2/2018
  • Measure some area for the “house book.”  Done some time in Dec. We measured how big the backsplash was because we thought we were going to buy a new one. (We didn’t.) We also measured the bathroom vanity because we were going to buy a new one of those (We did.)
  • Research the newspaper job idea.
  • Get the floor waxer into the attic.
  • Data entry on the accounting or food planning idea.
  • Work on the new food inventory/planning idea.
  • Swim, at least once and pick up your swim ticket.
  • Eliminate more duplicates. I do this all the time. I have a box of dupe books going to a friend at some point already made up.
  • Get the junk OUT of at least one defined place.
  • Open the Christmas trunk, see if you want to keep it all?  Done sometime before Christmas.
  • (fill in) Get the accounting up to date, so you haven’t got a panic for the taxes! (MONTH: 1, 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12)
  • Get some of the cleaned laundry hung up which isn’t. I’ve been doing this almost daily for a while now.
  • Do a short inventory of the meat in the big freezer. (Probably something like 1 chicken, 3 lbs ground round, and 1 other package of mixed chicken parts. . . but I don’t know exactly!) As of right now, 1/12/18, there are exactly 1 package of meat in the freezer, a package of pork chops. I don’t need a list! 1/12/18
  • Get the rice in one place, instead of 2-3, as it is now.
  • Clean, wax, organize the snow scoop, shovels, etc.Not sure when this got done, but it is. Christmas 2017
  • Use the commercial napkins for their intended craft, or get rid of them!
  • Get the odd pieces of insulation into the basement.
  • Check the water heater’s filter, does it need to be cleaned? DH did this sometime in Dec., not sure when?
  • Sand some of the marks from the floor, at the edges.
  • Update linked in.
  • Work on the house binder.
  • Clean out the small ice box.
  • (fill in)Put laundry away.
  • Eat the last watermelon.
  • Clean the couch.
  • Get the coffee ad framed.
  • Clean part of the upstairs that hasn’t been touched in some time. Bathroom closet: demoed, patched, primed, painted…. 1-2/2018
  • Put away the canning supplies if not in use.
  • Put up the 3 missing hurricane clips
  • Clean the office chairs.
  • Find a place to put away the dehydrator racks and do so when appropriate.
  • Recaulk the bathroom as needed. closet/niche done 1-2/2018.
  • Figure out a new way/place to store the yarn and put it away.
  • Find a new home for the cat towel basket. (Old towels used for car washing, spill clean up, whatever!)

    Chores on hold or in process, for whatever reason

Make up/try the Naval Academy brass polish. Down to one container 12/7/17, when that is low/out, I will make up the Naval Academy polish, if I can find the recipe again!

Wash the net curtains. First pair pulled from over the dry stores 4:30. Washed Tues. 10/24 a.m. One pair to go. Two pairs to go.

Cull books from one “holding pattern” bookcases. Either they’re out or they stay!, in process Thurs. a.m. (I did the 1st shelf.)

Put family photos in the album. Can’t be done. Photos located, album missing!

Clean off DH’s desk. This is going to be delayed until he and I catch up. I pulled everything from the top drawer on his side of the dresser, we’re still going through all of that.

6/35 or 17.1%

 

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To Do List 10/1/17

to do list 1

 

Get at least one piece of one item off of the long-term list!

SHORT TERM:

  • Work on the websites.
  • Paint the removed clapboards from the laundry wall where the new door is installed.Backs have been primed. Fronts along with new, preprimed clapboards will be painted all at once
  • Get the remaining clapboards reinstalled.
  • Fill the bagster There’d an unexpected problem. . .  I have to ask someone for help. There’s not enough wire clearance on our lot for them to pick this up, anywhere! Talked to the neighbor preliminarily 10/10
  • Order gravel.
  • Get sanding sealer on inside of new slider.
  • Finish verathane on porch posts. Finished 10/1
  • Primer other unprotected wood on porch which needs it. In process 10/1
  • Get the triangles sealed up. In process 10/1
  • Get the outdoor furniture dealt with: 2 white/red chairs cleaned 10/1, 2 brown chairs, 1 brown table/hose reel. All need to be cleaned, bagged and put away.
  • Finish the compost heap redo effort! Finished 10/8

MEDIUM TERM: (in the next 2-3 weeks)

  • Resolve the “too many” coffee tables dilemma.
  • Remove the “island” of boxes of stuff from the attic. Sell, donate, or trash enough that the floor can stay cleared.
  • Put food away for winter. In process
  • Paint the laundry room, inside and out.
  • Paint the bathroom.
  • Get through more of the accounting backlog.
  • Get last year’s unfinished clean up done in the entry/living room/hall.
  • Get the marble table out of the kitchen and to the antique booth. [Called the person who had indicated he’d help me get it to the shop.] It has been cleaned off, needs its base cleaned and for DH to take a pic.
  • Get wood stacked and ready for winter. First 1/2 of the wood has been ordered. Delivered 9/30/17 part one of 4. Part 2 arrived 10/7.
  • Get kindling boxes made up for winter. 2/4 are made up. 3/4 10/7 4/6 made up 10/31

LONG TERM & ONGOING:

  • Get a job.
  • Pay off the equity line.Extra $ applied 10/31,
  • Continue to use up the stored foods: grains, beans, pasta, etc. (The canned goods purge the end of last year beginning of this year worked.) In process
  • Rebuild the winter pantry. In process
  • Writing Projects: Memoir, 1st 3rd of retype complete 8/30
  • Writing Projects: Article In process
  • Writing Projects: Kitchen Book
  • Writing Projects: Novel
  • Writing Projects: Cleaning Plan
  • Get the big dresser cleaned up so it can be put up for sale. (First 2 drawers (of 8) cleared out 9/2017.
  • Paint the rest of the exterior of the house next to the porch. (Probably will happen 2018.)
  • Replace the big dresser with the small ones.

To Do List 3/1

Haven’t done one of these since mid-JANUARY!!!

Living Room, Hall, Entry: caulk & trim paint, as needed.

Living Room: Coffee table that is there is too big. See if one of the tables in the attic will work as a replacement. Table removed from attic (3/1).

[Furniture is being replaced without a plan. Decide about coffee tables. Sell unused table. Add wall art. Bring down round coffee table. Maybe? Black & white rug: Finish up fabric strips. Scheduled for the spring/summer, most of this!]

to do list 1

Long Term: Trim against kitchen wall, window trim, stair rail. Replace interior trim on double window. Mod baseboards. Caulk/paint floor/baseboards. Move kitchen door? Replacement ladders for blinds. (http://www.fixmyblinds.com) Buy material, shorten the blinds. (Buy a miniblind used to play with to learn how before buying ladders.)

Stairs: Get them stripped and painted. Install the runners purchased 2/2017!

Hall: Replace smoke detector and add corner detail on doors (future). Sell the records, replace the cubes with the black table.

Kitchen: Make new plan without the Hoosiers and dismantle too-large counter? Install shelves where window used to be. Sell Hoosiers. (First one up for sale 12/10) Remove crates from counter. Finish new window/shelf. Final paint on sidelight, new shelf. Find new homes for pieces stored in the crates  — sell/donate or discard.

Dining: Remove crib rail? Candlebra? Reuse the hanging baskets and/or rail elsewhere. Rehang cabinet. Paint drawer units? Paint china cabinet.

Sunroom: Finish putting wallboard on the kitchen wall.

Laundry: Renew paint. Long term: finish trim, Get switch thing set up. Storage bins.

Attic:Decide what to sell. Get bookcases upstairs and bays built.

Office 1: Clear/clean counter. Remove everything from bookcases; move them.  Get sewing machine legs detached from base. Recycle, reuse, or dump. Put dresser in office. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) 2nd dresser, currently in the storage. Red rug?

Pantry: Add trim and final paint.

Cull/Clean (general): Take old window bits to dump or store elsewhere. Put window trim in woodshed. Take stuff for sale to antique store or to storage so that it isn’t cluttering up the living room! Clothes & cloth need a serious culling! Started 12/15.

Bathroom: Clean corners, window. Caulk as needed. Repaint room. Match trim to the rest of the house. If new gallon is enamel paint and not the flat, paint bathroom? Replace floor and sink and required wall upgrade.

Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) Get tapestry on stretchers. Quilt rehab. New: Start making pattern to reupholster chair. Blue plaid project. Blanket project. as finished as I can get it, without purchasing another piece.

Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet from kitchen, after fridge rehab. [Not going to be done. ] Move the bookcases. Build bays.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier. (Base is in my  car, top piece also needs to be moved from the storage.) Move to smaller unit. Get the 2nd dresser home and bookcase donated/sold.

Sunroom: Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 40 11/30 43 10/11, “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.) Unsubscribed from 1 mailing list 2/17.

Wood stacking: 1 2 3 4 Counting this as complete, we never got the 4th load! If/when we do, I’ll put this “to do” back in. (3/1/17)

Writing: Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.) 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20?Kitchen book: nothing new. Possible future editing jobs: sold the next one, stories are being submitted.

All-In-One Organizer: clean up & print, make stickers/stamps Need to hire a pro for this I’ve decided. After the taxes are done.

Paper cull and counting: updated tally 3/1, will move 1-2/2017 to archive next time I update the page.

Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! Various technical issues which need to be resolved. My word processor doesn’t have the right label template. Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc. I need to order the correct magnets. Make tutorial.

The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print clear labels to go over them. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make them waterproof. Most of the label issues have been resolved, mostly. Still a wrinkle or two before I make a tutorial!

To Do List 12/15

  • Living Room: caulk & trim paint, as needed. Furniture is being replaced without a plan. Decide about coffee tables. Sell unused table. Add wall art. Bring down round coffee table. Maybe? Black & white rug: Finish up fabric strips.

to do list 1

Long Term: Trim piece against kitchen wall, window trim, stair rail. Replace interior trim on double window. Mod baseboards. Caulk/paint floor/baseboards. Move kitchen door? Replacement ladders for blinds. (http://www.fixmyblinds.com) Buy material, shorten the blinds. (Buy a miniblind used to play with to learn how before buying ladders.) Blue plaid project. Blanket project.

  • Hall: Replace smoke detector (future). Add corner detail on doors (future), caulk & touch up as needed. Sell the records, replace the cubes with the black table currently in living room.
  • Kitchen: Make plan without the Hoosiers and dismantle too-large counter. Install shelves where window used to be. Sell Hoosiers. (First one up for sale 12/10) Remove crates from counter. Finish new window/shelf. Final paint on sidelight, new shelf. Find new homes for the pieces stored in the crates  — sell/donate or discard.
  • Dining: Remove crib rail? Candlebra? Reuse the hanging baskets and/or rail elsewhere. Rehang cabinet. Paint drawer units? Paint china cabinet.
  • Laundry: (longterm) Get switch thing set up. Storage bins.
  • Attic:Decide what to sell. Get bookcases upstairs and bays built.
  • Office 1:Clear/clean counter & take it upstairs. Remove everything from bookcases move them.  Get sewing machine legs detached from base. Recycle, reuse, or dump. Put dresser in office. Stack on top of it (same size, and small) the 2nd dresser, currently in the storage. Red rug?
  • Entry: Caulk and trim paint, as needed.
  • Pantry: Add trim and final paint.

Cull/Clean (general): Take old window bits to dump or store elsewhere. Put window trim in woodshed. Take stuff for sale to antique store or to storage so that it isn’t cluttering up the living room! Clothes & cloth need a serious culling! Started 12/15.

  • Bathroom: Clean corners, window. Caulk as needed. Repaint room. Match trim to the rest of the house. If new gallon is enamel paint and not the flat, paint bathroom? Replace floor and sink and required wall upgrade.
  • Bedroom: (Cull/Clean) Get tapestry on stretchers. Quilt rehab. New: Start making pattern to reupholster chair.
  • Attic: Get the remaining  base cabinet from kitchen, after fridge rehab. Move the bookcases. Build bays.

Storage: Remove the 2nd Hoosier. (Base is in my  car, top piece also needs to be moved from the storage.) Move to smaller unit. Get the 2nd dresser home and bookcase donated/sold.

Get the windows done. SR door panel 27.5 x 64,

Get the online and computer files cleaned out. (Drafts here = 40 11/30 43 10/11, “Tally” page information (tab, this blog) moved to history 9/17.) Unsubscribed from 5 mailing lists. 11/30.

Wood stacking: 1 2 3 4

Writing:

  • Memoir retype effort: 62.5% complete (I’m amused that I seem to do this in 3% chunks. I’m not counting or anything, it’s just that the sections are short, and it’s difficult emotionally, especially the first 3rd, so I’ve been doing it until I felt like quitting, then I let myself stop.)
  • 3 stories into novel:  Worked a little on one of the stories, call it 07% 9/20
  • kitchen book: nothing new
  • possible future editing jobs: no good news

Other:

  • All-In-One Organizer: clean up & print
  • Make stickers/stamps
  • Books out, boxes?
  • Canister labels designed. Most supplies procured. Still to do: print labels and use! Various technical issues which need to be resolved:
    • My wordprocessor doesn’t have the right label template.
    • Avery doesn’t let you do a merge for their online template designer, etc.
    • Order the correct magnets. Make tutorial.
    • The simple answer would be to cover the labels with scrapbooking or other paper and print some clear labels to go over them. I may do that, or may not. My last step was always going to be putting clear shelf liner over the label to make it waterproof.

Most of the label issues have been resolved, mostly. Still a wrinkle or two before I make a tutorial!

Pulling it Together

Trying to not only declutter, cull and decorate here, but personally, I’m trying to get myself organized. I do pretty well getting to appointments and so on — a definite improvement on years past. But. . .

Over the years I’ve tried planners, organizers, lots of them, probably 100s of them. None of them worked. I always felt like I was trying to squeeze my life into someone else’s box. So, last year I came up with the monthly notebooks. That has worked, sort of. Years past I had come up with the 7 levels of stuff for cleaning and culling. That worked, sort of. My recent idea is a bullet journal using the shorts and longs idea I talked about here.

The appeal of a bullet journal for me is that it is infinitely modifiable. No being squeezed into someone else’s life. I started one. I liked the idea, but then dropped it because I really didn’t have anything to journal except the progress on the painting  project and all the other stuff I was doing was managed by my weekly to do lists here.

So. . .

I’m going to try and combine ALL of that into one, big flexible system. I’m going to keep the weekly to do lists here because it works for me. I’ll print them out if I need to, but it works — don’t fix it. The monthly notebooks work too, in some ways. However, it’s too easy for me to put some piece of info into the January notebook and then just forget it, until I pick up the journal again. I need some way to remind myself the info is there, a tickler if you will. The cleaning stuff is organized; I just have to do it, something I’m pretty bad at, except for the daily stuff these days.

Three-prong idea, one big system to pull it all together:

  1. Appointments, future ideas, & goals,
  2. Monthly reminders in the month’s notebook, and
  3. House maintenance.

Actually, I just need a new habit. A habit of looking at what I want to get done in a given day and then doing it. The reason the online to-do list works is that I look at it, at least once daily and get up from the computer most days to go do something on it, because I’ll be embarrassed if NOTHING is checked off in a week. I’d like to get more things done than I do, hence the new idea.

Could be this will be yet another failed system. Could be this will yield another partially successful system. Could be that I’m healed enough that a system will actually work. Could be any of those.

Annoyances

 

I’m getting a shortish fuse.

Hm.

Last time this happened I was seeing my therapist and working on the house. This time, it really doesn’t feel like it’s about the house. It feels like it’s because I haven’t been able to “let my hair down” since June when my therapist retired.

The funny thing that resulted from my being more easily annoyed is related to a method I found to categorize chores. I’d already broken them down into “shorts” and “longs,” that is things which had to happen in the next few days or longer than that. Decided that I wanted to be more specific and a graphical representation, so I replaced shorts with “rabbit” tasks and longs with “kangaroo” tasks. Kind of cutesy, but okay. Today I was thinking about how to further divide this and deal with the annoying things I have to do almost every day, and I came up with an entire scale:

  • flea (annoying — has to be done today!)
  • rabbit (the coming week)
  • kangaroo (the coming month)
  • 7 league boots (the current quarter)
  • herding continents (the general direction I want to go)

I could see how dividing things this way might lead to my actually being organized, accomplishing my goals, both short and long. Pretty bizarre if you’re me! It could be something like this. . .

Month Week 1: Review day and week chores. Week 2: Review daily, weekly and monthly chores. Week 3: Review those and add quarterly chores. Week 4: Review everything, Alter or change as needed.

Not complicated, but forward thinking. I don’t think I can do this; I’ve never been able to before  — and has that ever stopped me from trying another approach?

Never.

So it may be one more futile attempt to do an end-run around the PTSD which is terrified that if I’m actually finishing things or accomplishing something people will see my fatal flaws, or it won’t, because I’ve finally, finally done enough work to get past it.

I have no idea.

I also have no idea about why I’m getting mad so much. The only thing I can think to do to counter it, aside from start with a new therapist (not really an option) is to start swimming again — dopamine is my friend!

We’ll see. But I’ve spent a large part of today being annoyed at somebody or something. Not my normal and a usual indicator that something is brewing down in the PTSD pit. First time this has happened since the therapy ended.

Wow I made it a whole 2 months — how’s that for sterling mental health? Only cost probably about $1,000,000 and took me 55 or so years. Terrif.