There is an ad on TV here in Germany for a DIY store and the slogan translates as “Finish it before it finishes you”. Every time I hear it, I think “How true” and remember all the little things that need finishing in our house.
When you have a house and a garden, there is always something to do. Not that I am complaining. I like to be busy, I’ve mentioned that before, and I like the place to look good. It doesn’t always have to look its best, but I do love it when the sun shines in on a clean house and the place looks well.
The thing is though, there isn’t always time to get all the things done that I’d like to get done. Time passes and I get used to a crayon mark on the wall, the wonky door on the bathroom cabinet, the lampshade that “will do for now” on the landing and all the other bits and pieces I imagine I will get around to some day.
Sometimes, as if out of nowhere, some free time comes up. That is exactly what happened this weekend. I had kept the weekend free for post-holiday unpacking, washing, sorting, etc. Through some freak occurrence I got all of that done before the weekend and so we suddenly had nothing pressing to do.
On Friday evening when The Bavarian came home from work he mentioned he needed something from the DIY store. Suddently it struck me that we could attack all those jobs that needed doing. We all piled into the car and trailed around the DIY store, gathering up all the odds and ends we needed.
The weekend was highly productive, without any of the usual arguements that go woth home improvements. The garden is tidy. The house looks better. With a reasonable amount of work and not too much outlay we got the following done:
– killed off a load of weeds
– mowed the lawn
– trimmed the edges of the flower beds
– tended the pots of herbs and flowers
– gathered windfall apples in the garden and made crumble, apple cake and sliced apples for the freezer
– bought a new stopper for the bath
– created a craft workspace for me in the guest room alcove
– tidied up the picture rails in the guest room
– built a new under sink cabinet in the bathroom to replace the wonky old one
– hung new light fittings on the landing and in the guest room (there’s a whole guest room post coming).
– washed and re-hung the curtain in the downstairs bathroom
– made some progress on the toy grocery shop renovation (a long story!)
I’m really happy with how much we got done and it has given me a lot of motivation to get
– the guest room sorted out into a more usable space
– the upstairs bathroom restyled into an attractive place I like to spend time in, without spending a lot of money.
So keep an eye out for posts on both of those.