At the end of each day, I post a recap of what happened and what progress I made. I try to be as detailed as possible when tracking the project. Here’s what happened today…
Number of hours spent: 9
Supplies purchased: None
Amount spent: $0
Number of (13-gallon kitchen) bags trashed: 1
Number of giveaway boxes: 4
Number of (33-gallon) giveaway bags: 2
Butt-Kick Tier 1: Bring out donation items to storage, sort through stuff on the floor of the guest room
Butt-Kick Tier 2: Finish the guest room
It’s been two weeks since I last cleaned. A series of events occurred that led to a severely depressed mood, and so I made the decision to step away from the project for a bit so I could piece myself back together well enough to actually get some work done. I’ll get into a little more detail about why I was absent in some upcoming posts. In the meantime, my sister and mom did some of their own organizing, making my return today much smoother than I anticipated.
The progress on the guest room was about 75% complete when I left, then with my sister’s help I returned to find the area about 83% done. As has been the pattern when I near the completion of an area, all I wanted to do today was just get the guest room finished.
I’m also keeping in mind that my preliminary and final deadlines (of Nov. 4 and Nov. 10 respectively) still stand. In order to be able to finish up the living room, dining area, and kitchen by the deadline, I need to finish the guest room in one day.
The “One Step Back” I’m referring to in the title of this post is this sad news: I don’t have a working camera with me. Therefore, I have no pictures for today, nor will I have pictures for the rest of the week, unless I can either 1) find the battery charger for my mom’s digital camera, or 2) find someone who is willing to let me borrow their camera for the next few days.
Not having a camera is unfortunate for three reasons:
- It totally kills the consistency of documenting my progress
- I can’t share the photos for you all to see, and
- The work I did today is the most visually striking progress I’ve made thus far on the project.
This leads me to the “Two Steps Ahead” part of the title. Not only did I accomplish the Tier 1 goal for the day (i.e., sorting through the floor stuff in the guest room), I also accomplished Tier 2 (i.e., finishing the guest room), AND helped my sister move in to the room. We moved in her bookshelf, filled and organized it, and she brought in her guitars and school stuff. Basically all we have left to move in to the room is her clothes.
There’s finally a “normal” looking room in the house.
Accomplishing more than Tier 2 was just the first step forward. The second step?
HOT RUNNING WATER.
I’ve mentioned this briefly before, but my family has been living without hot water due to a broken water heater for years.
At first my dad didn’t want to get it fixed because he realized that having it off saved us some money and didn’t think hot water was much of a necessity. After a few winters with freezing cold showers, my mom wanted to get the heater fixed. Unfortunately by then clutter had built up around the water heater that we couldn’t get to it. Even when the heater was accessible, my family was too embarrassed to get someone to fix it because of all the mess.
Today, my mom somehow figured out how to fix the water heater on her own, saving us hundreds of dollars from hiring someone as well as some embarrassment. After seven years, we finally have hot running water again.
Guest room done, hot water, but no camera. Tomorrow I tackle the kitchen and dining area.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m gonna go take a hot shower.