Saturday, June 12, 2021

The Beginnings of a Summer To Do List

It's been several years ago now, but once upon a time I wrote out a list of things I wanted to accomplish over the summer and placed it on the front of the refrigerator.  If I recall back then I was working on redoing our office/school room and I had a lot of painting to do, among other things. Every day after I finished my regular daily housekeeping, I would choose one thing from the list and work on it, nothing mind blowing here, but I was amazed at how much I accomplished over those three months. I think, for me at least, that there are times when I know things need to be done, but if I don't have it written down somewhere visible to remind me, I will forget. The funny thing is, that was the first and last time I used that method, and when I recalled it today and remembered how much I accomplished I honestly wondered why I just didn't keep it up? But since I have a number of things that need "doing" over the next month or two, I decided to try it again.  Right now it's just written in my planner, and I may keep it there. Unlike before, I now have two rather larger magnetic calendars, one weekly and one monthly, on the front of the refrigerator, and they don't leave room for much else. But, if having it in my planner isn't "visual" enough, I might try to figure something else out. I don't have a lot on it right now because a few of these projects are pretty big and my hope is to break them up into smaller tasks, but here's what I have so far.

1. Move everything from storage into the extra bedroom in the apartment. 
Right now we are paying for a storage unit, but since neither Kate or I wanted to have to pack up and move again, we decided to make staying in this apartment affordable by cancelling our storage unit and using the third bedroom to house most of that. This is a task that I am going to begin working on in just a few weeks, making a trip several days a week to pick up a load and bring it to the apartment so it won't be such a big task all at once.

2. Switch bedrooms.
Since moving in with Kate and her current room mate, I've been in the smallest bedroom, which is fine, but at the end of July I'll be moving into the master bedroom/bath that her room mate currently occupies and my current bedroom will become our storage room and **if there's enough room**, hopefully a craft/work room for me as well.

3. Finish unpacking all of my kitchen things and get it set up properly.
When I moved in I had a LOT of nicer kitchen utensils, dishes and other odds and ends that I was reluctant to put out for everyone to use, because . . . well, some of the things I had previously allowed them to use ended up broken or missing.  I understand breaking a plate here and there, but throwing away forks, spoons, cups, even plates? I didn't want to have to replace them again, so until now I've kept my things in a separate closet and perhaps rude but necessary, haven't allowed anyone else to use them. We've also had a slight problem with people not cleaning up after themselves and leaving my pots and pans and dishes sitting with food still in them. I don't mind helping out, but I'm not their maid, either. But now that things are changing and it will just be myself, Kate and Bill, when he is home, I'm not as worried. Kate was raised to take care of things, but a bit shocking to me, apparently there are a number of 20+ young adults out there who were not.

4. Go through craft supplies, organize and/or discard.
Being in the smallest bedroom hasn't left a lot of room for me to easily access my craft supplies. They are currently all in bins under my bed. I'm hoping that this bedroom will be big enough to convert it into a storage and craft room/office for me, or there may also be room for that in the master bedroom I am moving into. It's pretty big. Either way, I'm looking forward to having my craft supplies a little more accessible.

5. Begin working on Christmas presents.
This year I am hoping to make most of our Christmas presents, and a number of decorations and I need to get started soon.

6. Go on three hikes and spend time in nature.
The picture above is from our very first camping trip when we left in the van in July of last year. It's hard to believe that was a year ago!  Bill is currently at Glacier National Park and has already been to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons, which really made me jealous as it's one of my favorite mountain ranges. He's having the time of his life, and while I miss him dearly, if I'm honest . . . I'm much happier here at home! But I do miss spending time in nature and I want to be more intentional about getting out there!

That's all I have on the list so far, and while I'm sure I'll add a few more things, at least two of these are fairly big jobs, so it's plenty! So what about you? How do you keep track of projects, and do you have any goals for things you want to complete this summer?  Share in the comments, and we can cheer each other on.

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