Saturday, May 31, 2008

Git 'er Done

In my part of the world that is phrase that shows up on feed hats and T-shirts. It is, apparently, a good thing to do, to " git 'er done." As anyone who has been here for a while knows, my status change has engendered in me a need to purge and clean and claim and get all sorts of things done in my house. This has resulted in a ginormous project list that some days threatens to roll right over me. But today I realized that I actually have made some progress and have gotten some things done that have been sitting around here staring at me for a very long time. So I thought I'd make a list of all the things I can think of that I have gotten done since coming back from the BE and started living alone:
  • Pulled everything off the shelves in the laundry/storage room, purged, tossed, cleaned and reorganized the space
  • Took down the plastic on the front porch, swept it and got it ready for summer
  • Took down the plastic on the back porch and gave it a good deep cleaning, including scrubbing the floor twice, and moved some furniture in.
  • Rearranged the dining room so more light can get in, and scrubbed the carpet
  • Created a library space in an empty room where some furniture "moved out."
  • Painted the lawn furniture
  • Scraped and painted the fire pit
  • Touched up the paint in the kitchen
  • Organized some clothes I want to advertise for sale
  • Purged, cleaned and reorganized the bathroom cabinet
  • Purged and reorganized the kitchen cabinets and pantry
  • Pulled up the rug in the empty bedroom
  • Tried (and failed) to hang bifold doors (the guy comes tomorrow)

Seeing it all in a list like this makes me realize that I am getting things done. It also helps me understand why I am tired! This seems to be kind of a lot to accomplish while working full time, serving my congregation, and being gone to the FoH for the better part of a week! And that's kind of good to know, because I tend to think I'm not really doing anything as I look at all there still is to do. I have whole rooms that I want to paint, closets that I haven't even thought about yet, and then there is the basement., also known as the pit of despair. So I guess I'll just keep chugging away at it, the big projects are yet to come, these are just the warm-ups! I want to sand floors and paint, change out light fixtures and do a whoel bunch of other stuff to make this place feel more mine. But for now, maybe I could just go over to the Fleet Farm and get me a shirt like the one I saw at the grocery store today. It said GOT 'er done!


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Congratulations on making headway. It's a good feeling to get things off that to do list. I went through a streak like that last fall.

One thing I keep having to remind myself is that, to paraphrase Ecclesiastes, the making of household improvements is endless and much chores are a weariness to the soul.

Gittin' 'er done one step at a time is probably the best way.

Katherine E. said...

Always a good feeling! Yippee!

Since my son-by-marriage moved out last week, both D and I are making plans for rearranging things. His former room will now be my office (yea!), but we're also going to move other things around and organize. I'm eager to "git er done" too!

mid-life rookie said...

Wow, that's quite a list both done and to do. I hope you will take time to sit and enjoy your new library area and other touched up rooms as you are making progress on your list. Prayers for you as you purge internally and externally.

mompriest said...

Remember, i spent my vacation doing that kind of work last summer? It really feels good when it's done. And it's the best kind of tired..not the stressed out tired but the "git 'er done" tired! Good for you!!!