Archives for October 27, 2009

I’m Done I’m Done I’m Done I’m Done I’m Done I’m Done!

Obnoxious title, I know. But I’M DONE!!!!!!

I have officially gone back over every square inch of the walls in my office and removed the ever-so-lovely teeny tiny bits of wallpaper and then gone back over them again with the scrubby side of a sponge, and then gone back over them again with the sponge side of the sponge.

Whew! I’m tired.

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that “the office” is a major project for me. It is such an awesome room, but I have completely shortchanged it, and my family, by letting it get so cluttered that it couldn’t live up to its potential.

The clutter made it seem pointless to even worry about its decor. First of all, who would notice a pretty paint color if their eyes were bugging out at the piles of stuff? Second, how in the world could I get to the walls without a shovel?

But I’ve been working on it. I have had many a post about this room. I’ve posted pictures of my desk finally clutter-free, but still looking yuck with the half-torn-down wallpaper in the background. I worked and worked to clear it out. I worked and worked (for close to a year) to tear down the wallpaper. I’ve worked and worked for the last two weeks to get the walls prepped for painting, and now, I’m finally ready to paint!!!!

This is huge. Once it’s painted and the stuff is put back in place, it will be FINISHED! I’m really hoping that next week’s Tackle it Tuesday post will show it fully painted!

The end is in sight, and I can’t wait.

So here’s the before:

And here’s the after:

Actually, I think it’s the other way around.

I know, those are the worst before and after (or maybe after and before) pictures you have ever seen. But close your eyes (not really because then you can’t read). Imagine that you are rubbing your hand on the before picture (whichever one that is) and it feels rough. Not like sandpaper, but definitely not smooth. Now rub the after picture, and feel how smooth it is.

There’s the difference. You really can’t see any difference, but it will make a big difference when we paint.

I am very thankful that these walls had paint and texture beneath the wallpaper. Actually beneath BOTH LAYERS of wallpaper. Ultimately, that makes my job so much easier.

Check out other Tackle it Tuesday posts! Susan’s post about her single-girl’s view of laundry made me laugh aloud!

I’m also linking to the DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land. There are tons of inspiring projects linked up there. I feel a bit like the new girl stepping out onto the playground with all of the cool kids. I’m hoping they’ll be nice to me!

Daily Checklist

Today I:

Made bed.

Checked bathrooms for clutter.

Cleaned kitchen.

Swept kitchen.

Got off my behind and did a focused 5 minute pick-up.

Washed a load and put in dryer.

Last night I did my evening tasks in their entirety. No cheating this time. I folded and put away the load of laundry from yesterday. I made lunches. I put out clothes. I wiped down bathroom counters and toilets.

Tonight, I’m going to try to get some of my evening tasks done early. For example, I would like to fold clothes in the afternoon instead of leaving them for after the kids go to bed. Yesterday I had every intention of doing that, but instead crashed for a few minutes before making supper because I was exhausted from working on the wallpaper removal. (Read more about that in my Tackle it Tuesday post for today.)

But, even though I didn’t get it done at that point, I did do it because I followed my evening routine. Go me!

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