At some point in our older home’s history, an extra room was added on to the first floor. Since we’ve lived here it has alternately been “the studio”, “the office”, “the shove everything in there” room, and again “the office”.
In it’s latest transformation back to the land of the functional, I uncovered something of interest. A shelf jammed with this and that: wool slippers, cork kilim coasters, DIY nursery decor, an old clock in need of refinishing. What do all these have in common, you ask? They all have found a home on the shelf where projects go to die. Each just shy of completion: almost done but for one supply that I’ve run out of, or one tricky hurdle I don’t want to jump, or one disappointing outcome that I hadn’t expected.
As I reordered and organized my space, (now the “studio-office hybrid”) I had an epiphany. I created a small niche on half of one shelf, and piled up a few of these unfinished projects. These projects would be completed. They have to be completed before I am allowed to start any new projects. (And oh, how I do want to start some new projects!)
So this means that when I stop by JoAnn’s to pick up silver foil for the clock, I won’t stop by the clearance shelves for some perfect project-y deals. And when I drop off our clutter at the thrift store, I won’t also buy that amazing, unique mid-century side table at 30% off.
Wait, as I’m writing this, I realize that may have been a mistake. The table thing…. It was really cool, and only $7! Should I go back…?
Anyhow, as we’ve discussed before, I am a starter. Not so much a finisher. I’m hoping that by bribing myself with more, better, amazing projects to come, that I’ll finish up what I’ve begun. When the shelf is empty, I’ll add a few more from the pile, and get to work on those too. I’ll let you know how it goes.
A non-sequitur to end with… I started and finished this cake yesterday. And by “finished it” I do not mean that I ate it all in one day! It was good, but not great, and makes me want to perfect my “from scratch” techniques.
Hope you all have great days! See you soon.