You know the projects that I mean, the section of the to-do list that keeps getting postponed, forever and ever. Lots of bloggers post monthly or yearly goals and report back on how they’ve done and what sort of progress they’ve made. I’m not going to do that, because frankly, more important things may come up again, as they always seem to do. Plus, we know that I am lazy. Perhaps a year from now I will be able to update this and have some things ticked off of this list!
In the meantime, though, I am going to post a few of my to-eventually dos, baring them to the world, in a halfhearted attempt to see if that will motivate me to actually deal with any of them. Here goes!
Fix or Replace the Bathroom Cabinet Door
I built the cabinet that goes above the toilet in the bathroom. When I build it, I was cheap. I bought these brutally strong hinges with springs in them, because they cost maybe $10 for four, instead of $8 each. Well, they were strong enough that the pressure caused the centre panel of one of the doors to come out. It’s been sitting on the floor for a length of time that I don’t want to admit. I need to either fix the door with some lathe to make it stronger, or build new doors entirely (an excuse to buy myself a dado router bit and table, perhaps? drooool).
Sort Through the Filing Cabinet
I have a growing, but exploding mess on top of the filing cabinet, that really needs to be filed. However, I keep putting that off because I need to clear out the filing cabinet. For example, our health benefit receipts are only auditable for 12 months. I have 4 years of them, in a gigantic jumble in a file folder. They’re not 100% sorted by year, so I need to go through all of them and shred them, to clean up the filing cabinet. I also know that there’s owner’s manuals for appliances we no longer own, outdated booklets on what our benefits cover, a copy of an offer we put in on a house five years ago, etc etc. It needs a big, big purge.
Finish Clearing Out the Storage Locker
Early in the spring, we took a run at sorting through the storage locker (which is very large). We made it about half way around the room, but never finished. There are a few boxes in the corner to be recycled, still sitting there from the purge. Plus, there’s half the room to go, and an assortment of things that need to be relabeled and things that need to no longer be ours. Some of our gear needs better storage solutions, like the snowshoes that we bought this winter, that are sitting on the shelf where the box of biking gear goes. Come fall when it’s neither biking nor snowshoeing season, we’re going to have a problem.
Make the Wedding Photo Albums
This is one that my spouse keeps bugging me about. We own the albums already (they’re gorgeous leather ones), we have discs worth of photos, I recently purchased backing paper, all we need to do is finish sorting through the electronic pictures, get them printed and have me sit down and actually make the albums. There are three to do, two to go to our parents, and a big one for us. Let’s not talk about the part where we’ve been married for three years, okay? We already have smaller Blurb albums, that half of the family has, but not the actual, physical, photo albums.
As you can see, the bulk of these aren’t truly overpowering to-dos, but they all require some time, and in most cases, time that’s spread out over several days. If I had one super-productive weekend, I could knock out almost all of them. However, things like sunshine, giant piles of laundry and road trips are quite an impediment to getting them done.
What’s on your to-do list that keeps getting postponed?