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Saturday, January 19, 2013

“Just Do It” Weekend Challenge

DECIDE to just DO IT.

Have a break-through this weekend. Attack anything that has been holding you back. It could be something you fear. Maybe something that makes you feel silly. Something you think you can’t do. Have you told yourself that you’re too old/heavy/out of shape to do something? Maybe you’ve been putting something off for tomorrow, and tomorrow hasn’t ever came. Tackle it, DO IT. Need some ideas? Ask on your team chat thread, your teammates may have some ideas to help spark you! Set 1 goal of 1 obstacle to overcome. Can be done anytime Friday through Monday. One time points awarded. 100 points.

There you have it. The “D” in the DO IT.

Seriously....there is a picture for everything and an excuse for everything. So....I DECIDED to stop waiting for my life to settle and get perfect again because it’s not going to. What IS normal anyway? Perfect? Really....Truth is that we make choices every day and that I could sit and wait for things to change and continue to put things off waiting until I can get the just right _______ or ______ to organize ______ and ______ but then I’d really be in a pickle because it’s just not happening. When we left Michigan we sold mostly everything in order to do something really important for the teen. I thought that by now I’d have been able to buy new furniture but I haven’t been able to so I still have no nightstands or dressers and yes, I’m living out of the closet and I’m going to continue living out of my closet. So guess what? This is the weekend to make it work manageably. My Christmas decor was still all over the place yesterday because I needed the overhead system in the garage that I was promised because we moved from a house with a horse barn, a garage and over 4,000 SF into a much smaller house and while we got rid of TONS it wasn’t enough. I NEED to get rid of more. I was promised a studio when we got here. It’s not happening and won’t for awhile. I NEED to make things work. Where are those big girl panties? The ONE small under the stair storage we had is gone as of yesterday. I cleared it out and made a kennel - yes I did. We adopted a GREAT DANE over Christmas.
A rescue who is petrified of kennels having been confined in a too small one his entire life. But in order to live I have to be able to confine him safely sometimes so I made a “kennel out of this “room” under the stairs for him. That was the ONLY storage this house had. Uhoh....EVENTUALLY, I will get wall unit that will hold the things that were stored under there. EVENTUALLY, I will get that overhead storage. But that wasn’t happening and I couldn’t wait any longer. So yesterday, I made Jasper a kennel. I moved a couch out of Tori’s music room into the family room/bar/studio (finished basement) and moved some of the things into her music room) where one wall will eventually be a wall unit/storage. Sorry Tori; everyone has to sacrifice. This weekend the weather is decent and the tiny garage that neither of our cars will EVER fit in because it is storage for my too much stuff and our six bikes will be drug out and rearranged again post Christmas. My wreaths (is 20+ wreaths too many? I believein celebrating anything/everything after all!) will be hung up there and I have an idea to do so.

I have the rest of the weekend to finish up in my closet and the garage. I didn't take a before picture of that. Oh well; you get the jest of it!

And, I’m doing a few lists so that communication of what I need help with is on the table for a big family meeting this weekend. I am overwhelmed with the new fur family member and everyone needs to know what they can do to help.

There you have it. Nothing earth shattering but my breaking point was yesterday. I am a perfectionist. A little bit Type A who used to have the nickname Miss Anal Retentia and a Great Dane and a small house is teaching me that it’s ok to ask for help and that good enough really IS ok! And my husband just said that he doesn't believe that I would share photos here that weren't "just right" and you know what? THAT is a huge JUST DO IT and I DID!

Thanks BLC! I needed this! I feel better already!

1739 Sunday 20 January (11 days left in this first day of the NEW Year and I'm workin' it!)

Finished the garage to the extent that I can with what I have. Got rid of some things. Not as much as I should but to go through EVERY container and make those decisions would have taken DAYS and rather than do it thoroughly and perfectly I DID IT!

A few notes: *I* don't drink Gatorade as it has ingredients in it that I find "icky" (scientific term). There are other canned goods that I don't consume. We TRY to be clean and do a GREAT job but are NOT 100% I LOVE to cook but if you can't and want to have a GREAT "clean" Paleo marinara - try this Rao's - NOM MOM! The canned green beans are not for human consumption - not OURS anyway. The two dogs each share a can of green meals 2x a day for fiber and bulk. emoticon And yes, I have a crap ton of STUFF. Those containers are for holidays. I have a bajillion for each holiday and multiple, multiple for Halloween and Christmas. And YES, this is AFTER down-sizing and being ruthless six months ago when we moved and our house is HALF as big. :::sigh:::

Good enough right?

Still working it!

Additionally, I bought a domain and I'm going to build it and I'm working on my calendar and budget and all kinds of things! Actually DOING IT!

Update Monday 1626

emoticon We have a saying in the USMC Semper Gumby (always flexible)....Got up early this morning and did laundry, worked on some putting away/rearranging etc. from projects the past few days, sparked, java and Pepco came to do an inspection and replace bulbs. Then we were SUPPOSED to have brisket tonight but Miss Meal Plannig had failed to plan and marinate overnight. No worries, I flip flopped and the brisket is marinating for tomorrow night and tonight I'm simmering spaghetti and meatballs. It's actually meatballs and marinara sauce (homemade) cuz I don't "do" pasta. Anyhoo...

And then we had to go recycle bulbs at Home Depot and they had cabinets 4o% off and that brings me to why my closet remains undone....

The basement is DONE (good enough) and another living space for our burgeoning family fur and human! Oh! I also carpeted Jaspers new living quarters today and am on load EIGHT of laundry doing duvets and such.

Final edit coming in under the wire at 2043 the closet is done on some level of Good Enough TOO! Brian is peeking out from behind the corner of HIS end of the closet . I didn't promise to do his end. He actually has the lion's share of this closet and the guest room for his uniforms and professional attire in armoires. DONE! And now to make the bed and call it a LOOOONG but productive weekend!

Life is good!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Your blog was so inspiring! Periodically, I will take a picture of a problem area of the house or the junk drawer so I can see how messy it really is. Then, I am more motivated to take care of it.

    Love the Dane! Such a handsome boy!

    1872 days ago
    wtg! emoticon emoticon

    Proud of you for showing the bad pictures lol

    So glad I didn't pick organizing my 2 rooms, they would make ALL your splaces look clean lol

    Congrats. I knew somoen who had a great dane and the second bedroom was its "kennel" I was aastonished at the size. although they are loving creatures they remind me too mcuh of ponies which I don't care ofr having been givn one when we wanted a horse. lol

    1877 days ago
    what can i say but wow emoticon my just do it was to dance in public again and in mixed company but don´t tell my husband as it is not allowed to dance in mixed public in
    1877 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    That was a really productive weekend for you. Can you come help me organize my space? After all... anyway great job on getting all that done!
    1880 days ago
    Great work, lady! You wanna come over and declutter my place now? LOL j/k You inspire me, sometime I will do that, it just might take more than a weekend.
    1881 days ago
    Wow - what a productive weekend. Made me tired right out just reading about it. I love your idea of good enough. It is true that if we wait for everything to be perfect nothing will get accomplished..

    This blog really has motivated me to to some reorganizing in my own little home.

    Awesome idea for Jasper's kennel.

    Have a terrific day!

    1881 days ago
  • JJ4493
    emoticon What an accomplishment in such little time! Good enough indeed!
    1882 days ago
  • -THINQ-
    wow. you are now my Decluttering HEROINE!! emoticon
    1882 days ago
  • -SEVEN-
    The dog. WHAT were you thinking? emoticon He's sweet, but, ohhhhh man. I wish you and him the best of luck though- thinking good thoughts that he's found a loving home he can feel safe in. You've done an awesome job giving him a great place under the stairs. It looks comfy and probably feels great to him. emoticon
    As for the rest, you're doing wonderful with what you have to work with. Downsizing that much must be incredibly difficult. I love that sign "Done is better than perfect" also. I need to remember that.
    1883 days ago
    Wow! You id a lot with what you have! Impressive!

    I love the picture "Done is better than perfect"! I need that one!

    1883 days ago
  • ~ELLE~
    emoticon Thanks for sharing your blog!
    1884 days ago
    This is AWESOME!! Its SO cool to see pictures of Jasper! So proud of you!!
    1884 days ago
  • KIKA07DK
    emoticon blog!!
    1884 days ago
    I'm proud of you on so many levels!
    1884 days ago
    Done is better than perfect says it all!
    1884 days ago
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    You're inspiring me to get my "D" done too!! Now I just need to do it!
    1884 days ago
    emoticon Love it! If you can do ALL that, I canNOT flake out on my D either emoticon
    1884 days ago
    Holy storage containers Batman...WOW!!! That is an AWESOME kennel idea...lots of room and no worries...Great job on everything and great read!!!
    1884 days ago
  • KPACE7
    After my fire, I moved all sorts of stuff to a large storage unit to get it out of the way of the workman. I liked the uncluttered look so much, I kept the unit to store stuff in. Many thing I just didn't bring back.

    Thanks for sharing pictures of Jasper. He is a beautiful dog.

    What is holding me back is my food choices. I keep eating the same things, with little variety. That is what I am going to work on. I am getting ready to make a stir fry with vegetables I have not used before. Wish me luck.
    1884 days ago
    Way to go! I bet having a kennel space for Jasper will make a huge difference for you, too.
    1884 days ago
    Excellent! Jasper's kennel-room will give you some peace of mind. emoticon
    1884 days ago
    Awesome. I am glad you shared and YOU DID ID. Now your Gentle giand has a nice home.
    1884 days ago
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