Loving Projects Old and New
I love pleasant surprises, even when they’re because I’d forgotten a task I’d completed myself. Sometimes it’s a household chore I couldn’t get off my mind despite the fact I’d knocked it off my list a day or two ago, others, it’s a blog post I forgot I wrote that’s sitting in my queue waiting to be edited, formatted, and scheduled. In part, I think it’s because I put tasks together, or see something onerous as a blessing in disguise.
Recently, increasingly bad internet service forced me to allow AT&T to send a tech into my house. Doing so meant clearing out the storage room in my garage so they could reach the box of wires located in the back of the garage, and through my ex’s amazing foresight, in the room which once housed his office. I’ve since filled it with an eclectic variety of suitcases, beach chairs, holiday decorations and wrapping, large kitchen electrics, and anything else I didn’t want cluttering the inside of the house. Unpacking the room is an adventure in and of itself.
This time, I figured I’d take the opportunity to not only rearrange the room, but try to locate old records I needed. It also meant pulling the car out of the garage to accommodate the boxes, crates, and suitcases while the tech located and fixed what turned out to be several issues, and took most of the day.
Accepting New Opportunities to Declutter
Never one to miss an opportunity to declutter nowadays, I dragged the ladder to the middle of the garage so I could finally stow the stack of boxes I’d left jumbled next to the freezer until I got around to moving the car so I could put them “upstairs”. I even got to sweep the bulk of the crap up off the floor, and scrub a couple of places which were sticky with substances I’d rather not identify.
Living, working, recreating, and even entertaining at home so often over the last 6 months has given me a lot of time to look at my surroundings and come up with new ways to arrange my space. I’ve gotten rid of a few old, tired possessions, and continue to find things to either give, or throw away as they’ve outlived their usefulness. An inveterate pack rat, it took me awhile to accept there were things I’d never use again, even if they were still working properly. But release them, I have.
That isn’t to say I haven’t acquired a few things along the way, too, necessitating further rearranging and releasing. My favorite hand-me-down is the coffee table and matching end tables a friend gave me when her daughter decided to buy new furniture in a style she preferred. Lucky me, the oak tables go perfectly with my china hutch! No more cluttered TV trays scattered around my living room, or used in place of a keyboard drawer and mouse stand for me!
Recognizing What’s Been in Plain Sight
Which brings up another “find”. While looking for the pump for my resistance ball so I could re-introduce weight work into my weekly routine, I bumped into a computer table I’d bought decades ago. Why I didn’t notice it when I temporarily moved my office to the dining room table is beyond me. I’d been using a marginally reasonable arrangement of the dining room table and 2 TV trays for months before I realized I had a better option. To date, my head and neck are thanking me for upgrading to something that puts monitors, keyboard, and mouse at a more comfortable height. While still imperfect, it’s better than the old arrangement, and for now, that’s good enough for me.
A little drunk on all the amazing changes I’d made, I dove feet first into a visual I’d had for a spare bedroom that has become home to a clothes rack, a box of LP’s, one of the cats’ litter boxes, and a couple of pieces of furniture my daughter left behind when she moved out. After rearranging, I made the happy discovery that the cat’s sand-flinging antics, already limited by the addition of covered sandboxes were further constrained by the new location of the box. They may be less than thrilled, but I enjoy having less sand to sweep every day to keep from tracking it all over the house.
Making Changes Great and Small
I may not be making grand gestures, like finishing my kitchen remodel, knocking out walls, pulling up the last of the carpet in my bedroom, or moving large pieces of furniture, but even the small changes, like tacking pictures on the exposed wall board in my living room are making my environment and enforced isolation far more pleasant. I guess looking at the same 4 walls for months on end allows me to explore possibilities I hadn’t considered.
It may be pictures or posters I’ve stuck in drawers or closets for years that fill a blank, grey space. Perhaps it’s a piece of furniture I forgot I had. Maybe it’s simply rearranging what used to feel right, but no longer does. Or maybe it’s boredom that drives me to mix up my world a bit. Either way, I’m glad I have enough projects to keep me busy and entertained until the world flips on its axis once again.
Granted, I still have cleaning projects that have yet to be realized or checked off my list. My yard, although relatively brown now, is still overgrown and needing attention. I’ve even had the plumber out to snake out a backed up drain. Home ownership is truly a constant stream of projects; some I neglect until I can no longer do so, others I manage regularly. Most probably fall in the middle where I get to them when I can, often doing pieces and parts instead of entire projects.
Learning to Ask for and Receive Help
Occasionally, I’ll either ask for, or receive an offer of help which I’ve finally learned (after years of nagging from my daughter) to accept gracefully and gratefully. Many of those offers have come in the last few months, in part because like me, my friends are getting tired of their own projects and walls, and seek something different to break up the monotony.
I’m hoping now my own boredom will drive me to get a better handle on the wilting jungle I lovingly call my yard before the rain comes and it’s no longer wilting, or becoming less overwhelming. I fear I’m running out of time as days grow shorter, and cooler days occur more regularly. In truth, my honor is riding on cleaning up the yard before December. But that’s a story for another day.
Gratitude for My Un-boring Life
My gratitudes today are:
- I’m grateful for a multitude of projects, and discoveries beneath blankets, or in closets.
- I’m grateful for a consistent internet connection so I can keep on top of my projects.
- I’m grateful for happy surprises.
- I’m grateful for motivation to use the tools and furniture I find buried in my house and garage.
- I’m grateful for abundance; love, friendship, sharing, caring, compassion, balance, motivation, dedication, creativity, peace, health, harmony, philanthropy, and prosperity.
Love and Light
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Sheri Conaway is a Holistic Ghostwriter, and an advocate for cats and mental health. Sheri believes in the Laws of Attraction, but only if you are a participant rather than just an observer. Her mission is to Make Vulnerable Beautiful and help entrepreneurs touch the souls of their readers and clients so they can increase their impact and their income.
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