I still use physical post-it notes for to-do lists – see them stuck all over my desk?
I know there are all sorts of digital versions that are way more sophisticated and eco-friendly than the approximately five thousand that I go through per week. But there’s something about physically crossing off to-do list items that really gets me going. It’s the grown-up version of getting a gold star.
Since it’s finally starting to get a little cooler around here, I figured it might be a good idea to see what I can check off from our summer to-do list. Although we haven’t been very good at posting projects as we do them, we were actually surprisingly productive during the summer months. Let’s see how we did…
Our Summer To-Do List:
1. Fix our unstable, unlevel, and probably unsafe floor joist. Remember, the one under our fridge? Yeah, we need to take care of that, like, yesterday. We’re getting there. Here’s a halfway photo, with more details to come:
2. Start getting together our bedroom, which is still in the same state as it was when we first moved in. As in, mattress on the floor and a dresser. Check. We hunted for some beds but didn’t quite find one that we liked. So we made one ourselves (full tutorial and plan via Ana-white.com coming soon!).
3. Install some ceiling fans. We had two old, gross, ugly fans in the living room and front bedroom when we moved in, but we’d also like to replace the light fixture that was in our bedroom with a fan, too. They’re just necessary in the stagnant, sticky Baltimore heat. Again, still working on it. We’ll say one down, two to go. so this one gets a third of the way crossed off.
4. Figure out how to make ceiling fans attractive. I have no idea if this one is possible or not, but I’ll do it or die trying! Hopefully we succeeded. We’ll see what you have to say.
5. Make us some furniture. I’ve been trolling Ana White’s site and have a few ideas up my sleeve. Check – see #2.
7. Replace our front and back doors, front first floor window (it’s broken), and maybe second floor front windows. This one gets another third of a cross-off – we have a bangin new front door, but the other two are waiting to be done.
8. Get a head start on some of our bigger projects, which we’ll explain in more detail soon. Ok, this one’s barely started. But we warned you this list was optimistic!
In addition to crossing off some items from the list, we also tackled a few unexpected projects like a mini-makeover of the guest bedroom, some other random updates in the living room, and most importantly some relaxation time, as a couple and with friends.
For our first summer in our neglected little house, I think we did alright. We knew this list was optimistic, and then as time went on the priority list got modified, which is ok. And when push came to shove, we prioritized sanity over productivity and took time to do what summer was meant for: having fun!
How did you spend your summer months?