Today I am giving myself permission to waste away the day in miscellaneous tasks.
Quite a few of my chairs (of the dining room and desk variety) have seen better days and I lucked into a lot of 3 sturdy and cheap replacements at the thrift store the other day. As a result there is now a plethora of seating options laying about in my dining room. Picture a hoarders’ assortment and you get the idea. On most days there are four of us around the table. On weekends and other gathering days there can be as many as twelve. Then there is the classroom which requires two at the school table and two at my studio table. Today I am sorting through and picking out the best in need of no repair, discarding those beyond hope, and working on those that are in between. Glue, paint, new woven seats for the ladderbacks and we are good to go. I think 10 is a good number. They can move between the dining room and classroom/studio. We’ll never need them in both places at once. Desk chairs can fill in for a crowd. So, a fun task – making the old look new again – or at least eclectic and fun.
Then, I’m working on the odd bits of unfinished projects that I sorted out a while back. Finish them or let them go…that’s the plan for today. Quite a few supplies are stacked about with each unfinished project. This should free up the supplies to go back into their storage containers. My desks will be freed up for new projects that are lurking in my head. The whole cycle can start up again, BUT I’m hoping that I’ve made enough progress that I’ll stay on task better and not jump from idea to idea. I’ve set up a tidy little space for journaling ideas so I don’t have to worry about “losing” them until I can begin work on them.
I’m also hemming some fabric from IKEA that got hung as curtains without actually ever being completed. I don’t imagine that many others have noticed that they were unfinished, but I did every time I glanced their way. It will be good to see a finished project instead of an incomplete one.
Lots of little (ish) tasks, but most of them fun and creative. I imagine that quite a lot of cleaning and de-cluttering will get done along the way. Once new chairs are in the dining room, I’ll want to clear surfaces. Once the surfaces are clear, I’ll probably want to sweep and mop the floor…and so on and so on.
The list is pitched for the day in order to get this all done. I’m struggling quite a bit with anxiety and the resulting sadness lately. I don’t know exactly what’s going on, but it’s really wearing me down. I’m hoping that completing some of these tasks and adding in the creative element will give me a sense of completion and forward progress.
I’d really just like to take a nap.