Judging by the title of this post I feel like I should be writing about something that occurs in long-forgotten gym bags, but you can unplug your nose because my topic today is about a decidedly less odorous “funk.” For a little background info read this.
I’ve been having a little trouble figuring out how one person can possibly fit everything they love into the scant 168 hours we’re given every week, and since no one offered me use of their Delorean yesterday I came up with the second best thing to time travel… a list.
For any of you who are also suffering from the too-much-to-do-not-enough-time disorder, this is not a magic solution, but it might make your eye twitch a little less when you look at the clock.
#1 – Paint Something
Seriously, it can be something small like the lid of this mason jar Ashley from 7HL just painted for a pop of color in her laundry room, but even making a little change can make you feel like you accomplished something.
I, for one, broke out the roller and spent 30 minutes painting the inside of the kitchen pantry last night and then spray painted the pantry shelves today. Because even if giving something a quick makeover doesn’t make you feel better, inhaling the paint fumes will. (Just kidding, always wear you respirator. Huffing is for losers.)
#2 – Don’t Wait
Micha from A Little Old House left a great comment on yesterdays post.
I started inviting friends over into our half-finished house. Dear husband was shocked at first. “But the house isn’t done!” to which I responded, that it might never be completely done and then what?
I think we probably set ourselves up for failure sometimes, looking at all of the great “after” pictures found on design blogs. You know what? Sometimes the best you get is a mostly-done-in-progress, and there’s nothing wrong with that. So invite people over, take that weekend away, or just give yourself some time to hang out even though not everything is done.
#3 – Get Inspired
I recommend Pinterest for a good dose of inspiration, since it is personally responsible for at least three of my recent projects.
Some things that have recently inspired me…
This tree art:
This old, ugly farm house:
Seeing possibilities is one of the things that gets me excited and gives me extra motivation to complete the projects I’m working on at the moment.
#4 – Change It Up
Listen, when it comes to stress, perception is half the battle. Perception influences attitude, and attitude is everything. A wise woman with a flying umbrella once said, “with every job that must be done, there is an element of fun.” Changing up my routine helped me change my mindset from “another thing I have to get done” to “I got that done already? Awesome.” Even if I didn’t get more done, at least it was different stuff at the bottom of the list.
#5 – Do What You Love
When I put things in perspective yes, it does suck that I can’t do all of the things I want to do all of the time, but I’m also fortunate to have the time and abilities to do what I love most — make messes, build things, and hopefully inspire people to start their own projects.
I make accidentally get taken out by a zonbie hunter one of these days, but in the meantime my kitchen is going to look freaking awesome.