In general, I continue to be pretty disgusted with myself for the chaos I continue to bring into the house and, hence, into my life. I love to begin all sorts of new house projects… I love to find treasures at estate sales and Re-Stores to integrate into my decor… but honestly: My “to do” list of un-finished projects, including processing the stuff I’ve brought into the house, has reached the point of “not healthy.” Like: Any strength taken too far… becomes a weakness. That said, I am not going to wallow in the situation — I am going to buck up and Finish The Projects That I Have Started. Eat the elephant — one bite at a time. Want to play along?
Hence: I am starting a new feature, “Finish What You Started” Mondays. If you would like, you are most graciously invited to join me in my quest to regain control of the chaos, so that it stops controlling me. Every Monday I’ll do a story — and also post the photo uploader — and we can share examples of projects that we have completed in the past week. I will award GOLD STARS! We will keep each other energized.
We’ve kibbitzed twice about our longest-running home fixit projects. Have you made progress? Or do you suffer, like me, from one step forward, two steps back syndrome?
Did you know that finishing projects that you have started is one of the first critical steps (along with cleaning and organizing the house) of feng shui? Without order: The “good energy” cannot circulate happily through the house. New, good things have trouble finding their way into your home — and your life. But, keep your house clean and orderly — and wonderful new things will find their way to you.
My favorite book on feng shui — Clear Your Clutter With Feng Shui
— also suggests that chronic overweight is associated with clutter. Clean your house: Lose a few pounds! Keep it clean: Keep ‘em off! Hence, this Monday Challenge is kind of like a Weight Watchers Weigh In. I need portion control, to be sure.
My project list? Don’t make me laugh. This page is not long enough. As one example: Yes, this new-old Early American lighting fixture — which I found at the Springfield Re-Store last summer — is successfully hung in my office. Susan re-wired it for me. And DH installed it — he is great! But, since we hung the light in early July, part of the project is still un-done: There is a circle of white paint — the outline of the old fixture — that I still need to repaint to match the existing beige ceiling (Beige paint from the Sherwin William Suburban Modern Palette.) I need to finish this project!
In concert with the new lighting fixture and with my new Ergotron, I already have made great progress in redecorating my office, reflecting the fact that I now blog fulltime, and this needs to be my inspiration space. I need to finish this project!
My list is long long long. This is going to take a while.