The Project Moratorium

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”.

home office ideas

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.

unfinished projects

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.

home made yellow cakeI’ll let you know how that goes, too!  I have a 1 year old birthday and a 42 year old birthday to bake for soon…

Hope you all have great days!  See you soon. :)

5 thoughts on “The Project Moratorium

  1. I think we “starters” just need an assistant or two to finish up all the little things…..

    When we moved last August from the east coast back to the west coast we downsized to a 1930′s cottage. Now THAT is a good motivator to get things done/not hoard – more than a motivator, there just isn’t any room to store it! But despite the lack of space, the home office IS collecting a few crafty projects that are in need of completion…
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  2. I have a whole closet that is essentially a project graveyard. So much so that I’m actually thinking of getting rid of my yarn and fabrics. They’re unfinished-ness is always in the back of my mind, nagging me… “Nah nah nah naaaa nah, you’re a pro-cras-tin-aaaaaaa-tor” (they seem to say) I have so many of them that I need to do that it will take me years to finish!

    Happy birthday to your baby & 42-year-old! I would both make and eat that cake in one day.
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  3. well, hmm. i do not do projects, usually. so really you can pat yourself on the back that you do! if you do not finish them all, do not feel bad about letting them go. what if you don’t want them anymore? give it to someone who does. or just toss. finishing IS hard. so, either way, good luck to you. and that cake looks awesome! of course you finished it – with your big, hungry family! happy birthday to your birthday-folks!
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  4. I am not a finisher either. I told my husband last night that we both needed to be better at follow-through…and that was about parenting! Yikes! I love your idea to finish those projects. Can throwing a project away count?!
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