You asked for it. OK, technically only a couple of you asked for it, but here it is nevertheless: my list of someday-I’ll-get-to-it tasks. I mentioned in my recent shower curtain post that there are many little tasks around the house that I keep meaning to get to but manage to put off in favor of just about anything else. And yet, most of these tasks would take little time and cost very little money. So I made a list using the following criteria: I have to be able to complete the task in under four hours and for $20 or less. Technically, I should say we have to be able to complete the task in under four hours and for $20 or less because Mark will definitely need to help me with some of these things.
20 Under $20
- Clean the gutters.
- Finish dining room chair project (I know, I should have finished it weeks ago, but the fact that I haven’t finished it speaks volumes for how much I need this list!).
- Prepare an emergency kit (this will cost more than $20, but it’s really important to me to do).
- Paint the wood trim in the den.
- Organize filing system and shred old files.
- Declutter all the closets (actually, each closet could be its own task, but that seemed like cheating).
- Organize Charlie’s toys.
- Organize CDs and DVDs.
- Clean out garage.
- Wash the curtains.
- Remove English ivy from front yard (I’d also like to remove it from the backyard, but that will take FOREVER).
- Remove cobwebs around outside doors and windows.
- Paint the fuse box cover.
- Repaint the porch rocking chairs.
- Wash the windows.
- Lay carpet in the den closet.
- Sort through books to donate to the library (don’t worry, Mark. I won’t touch your books, I promise).
- Re-caulk bathtub.
- Remove large shrub outside bedroom window.
- Paint the porch ceiling blue.
That’s quite a list. It’s not in any particular order and probably there are lots of other tasks I could add to the list, but coming up with 20 tasks under $20 seemed like a reasonable way to create the list. I thought about giving myself just 20 weeks to do the tasks, but then realized that’s insane. No need to set myself up to fail, right? So who knows how long it will take me to finish these things, but at least they’re written down so now when I’m feeling energetic and have some free time I can just check the list for ideas of things to do.
Are you feeling like sharing some of your someday-I’ll-get-to-it tasks? Maybe we can inspire each other.