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The Misadventures of Mrs. B: Do YOU To Do?

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Do YOU To Do?

It's come to my attention that for ages now I've been wanting to do certain things to the house and the things within it.  You know how it is.  You see something in a store or, more frequently for me, online/in a blog and think "Ahhh, that's something I need to do/have/pester my husband into making for me".  For me this is especially the case when I'm visiting crafty blogs.

I can't stand crafty blogs for two reasons: One, because they make me feel like less of a person because I haven't yet attempted a DIY version of that famous Pottery Barn mirror.  Two, because they fill my head with all sorts of ideas which will make me believe for a second or two that I could actually make happen what they've accomplished.  Then I'll remember that I'm not that handy and have no working knowledge of power tools and Modge Podge, and feel like even less of a person.

(Just kidding.  I totally dig crafty blogs and follow a ton of them, like A Soft Place to Land and Living with Lindsay and The Nester and Somewhat Simple, if only to live vicariously.  But they do make me feel like a slacker, even if they are totally inspirational.)

So, with the combined powers of crafty/decorating blogs and the fact that I have nowhere to hang my bathrobe so it just gets draped wherever it lands, I present to you:

My Household To Do List
(cue trumpets and clanging cymbals here)

This is an ongoing list which I plan to keep in order to remember just what that "A HA!" moment was all about three weeks ago when I was blog hopping and saw something that totally caught my eye and made me fantastize about just how much better my life would be if I had the same thing but which was completely forgotten about, like, 5 minutes later because I got hungry and the battle of Food I Should Eat vs. Food I Want But Shouldn't Actually Eat recommenced in my head.

This list includes such small things as buying hooks for the inside of the bedroom closet (thus clearing up the great bathrobe debacle), slightly more involved tasks such as spraypainting the little corner rack in the kitchen (currently black, want it to be white), and more time-consuming tasks like painting many of the walls in the house.  Just every little thing that crosses my mind will be written down on my list so I can keep track of the ideas I've had and the tasks which have been completed by either me or Rob.  I would hope that seeing the completed ideas/tasks will serve as inspiration to keep going.  And "Look what we made happen" will take the place of "Wouldn't it be nice if...".

So, either I'm going to ride this "New and Improved Me" thing for the rest of my life or I'm gonna burn out by the end of the month. I'm interested to see how this plays out.

How about you? Do you have a list of to-do's for chores? The house? Your relationships? Or just for yourself? If not, how do you keep track of the things you need to do?

Also! Do you have a favorite craft or decorating blog? Tell me about it!



Blogger viewfromdownhere said...

I desperately need a "to do" list. One of my goals this year is to take care of projects I keep pushing off. Maybe I'll sit down and put it all on a list!

January 7, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Blogger Liz said...

Maybe that's why there's a fresh start with a new year, followed a few months later with "spring cleaning?" Because we never get to it when we say we will???

It's a chronic problem, for sure.

January 7, 2011 at 2:43 PM

Blogger Jerri said...

Loved your post! I have an ever growing to-do list. Isn't that funny? Even as you get to check an item or two off, it seems like 3 more get added! And a ton of my things are housekeeping and decor related. And like you, I have to live vicariously through some of the crafty people. I do attempt some of the easier (and very budget friendly) projects, but that's it for me!

January 7, 2011 at 3:47 PM

Blogger Shell said...

I'm horrible at keeping up with what needs to be done, let alone things I just want to do.

I do love Holly at though.

January 7, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Blogger Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

So far it's only mental, but I have a list for every room of the house. Every wall that needs painted, ever baseboard, etc.

It gets done eventually. Just not very fast. Good luck with your list!

January 8, 2011 at 8:37 PM

Blogger Date Girl said...

My to do list is pretty long right now. I don't know where I'd be if I didn't have a to do list. I love being able to cross things off. There's just something about that sense of accomplishment. Sometimes I write down really easy things just so I can cross them off. ;-)

I'm definitely not that crafty but I want to badly to be. I really want to learn to refinish my table and dresser but the task seems so daunting. Good luck with your to do list!

January 10, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Blogger Jenny said...

I'm with you on this. Some blogs just make me feel like a failure before I even finish the post!

I just stick to random stuff...then no-one can possibly feel bad if they visit my blog.

I'm nice like that.


Although I have done a few very sad recipe posts that were moderately pathetic. I'm doing one on Wednesday.

You can visit. I promise you won't feel bad AT ALL!

January 10, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Blogger Julie said...

I live for to do lists. Everywhere. For everything. But the best part of the to do lists?? Crossing stuff off in the darkest black marker I can find. Such satisfaction. :)

January 11, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Anonymous julie said...

I have lists all over the place - (things to do today or someone could end up in the ER; things to do sometime this week after ER visit; things to do when everything else is done = never).

I so relate to you. And not just because I have a rack that's white and needs to be painted black (or perhaps we should just trade?)

Carry on. Michaels' and Jo Anns craft/fabric stores give me hives. So I live vicariously.

Glad to know I'm not alone...

January 11, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Blogger Lisa said...

I'm all about the lists! I keep 2 lists going in my email and each one has links to recipes and crafts I want to make. I keep it updated and then go there when I have time to start something new. It's also great to go back and look at old links if I saw something awhile ago that I want to look at again.

January 11, 2011 at 12:20 PM

Blogger KLZ said...

I have a list on my phone which is as far as I've gone towards completing those to-dos. Because I'm not a slacker at all. Not. at. all.

Please don't make me read those crafty blogs and find out just how slackery I am.

January 11, 2011 at 1:19 PM


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