Project: Get-er-done!

I spend my days working on designs for clients, taking care of Emory, cleaning, running errands, and it feels like a million other things. (you all know the drill!)
Once in a while I get a second to work on a project, but unfortunately, I never seem to have enough time to completely finish them. 
Which leads me to my problem, I have an overwhelming to-do list!
My hubby has no time to help around the house, medical school owns him, so it is up to me.

I decided it's time to get-er-done. 
I plan on dedicating 45-minutes a day to projects around the  house.
Last week I started on my new goal, I was so surprised how simple and fast most of the items on my to-do list were.
Why didn't I do this a long time ago? It feels oh-so-good!

I started off with one of my biggest pet peeves, holes in the walls!
After I took down the disgusting metal blinds, I was left with a big hole in the wall.

Can you believe I have lived with that little guy staring at me for 2 years?
Shameful, I know.

And my office wall had just a few holes from my old desk.
Yep, they have been there for 6 months.
How embarrassing.

So I googled "how to fill a hole in the wall" and found a handy little video.

Step 1: Clean the wall
Step 2: Wipe of the excess drywall so the hole is flat
Step 3: Apply spackling
Step 4: Let dry
Step 5: Sand
Step 6: Re-paint!

The pink spackle is so cool.
When it is drys, it turns white.
This stuff is made for home renovation newbies, like me!

I can't believe how easy it was. It look about 20 minutes total.
I am painting the walls today. I can't wait!

Also, while I was waiting for the spackle to dry, I added the final coat of paint to my fireplace.

When I painted it before, I got burned out on the 5th coat...painting brick is the worst thing ever.
Since then, I have been living with it one coat away from being done. Are you disgusted with me yet?
Well, it is now done and I am so happy!

So, do you have a long to-do list as well?
Or am I the only lazy one?

I hope to show you weekly progress on project get-er-done!
Wish me luck...


  1. My to-do list is neverending as well!! I just can't seem to complete one room in my place!

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  2. Oh girl you know everyone has that terrible, unending to-do-list. Finding the time, energy, and money to do everything is our biggest obstacle. Good for you for knocking some of your stuff out! Maybe I can knock out a couple things this weekend too!

  3. The to-do list never ends! Good for you for dedicating yourself to get-er-done! It feels so good when we can check something off our lists! Right now I all I am trying to do is get this house sold! ugh.

  4. You sound just like me! I have SO many holes in my walls... I even filled a bunch of them... but never got to the painting step! The WORST! OK, you've inspired me. I have to make a list of things to get done.

  5. story of my life! I stare at two unfilled holes each time I sit at my desk from a board I took down. You have inspired me. :)

  6. Those last little finish-up projects are always the worst, but make such a huge difference when the are complete. Nicely done!

  7. It's looking good! Why do we always poop out at the end of projects? Glad you are motivated to get 'er done!

  8. No, you are not the only one, I totally understand! Between client work, house work, errands, homeschooling our oldest, my projects seem to either not get done or like you said get half done. On top of that I'm pregnant with boy # 3. I just hope that he has a finished nursery by the time he makes his debut this summer! Great idea to set a small goal like 45 minutes though....I'm inspired! :)

  9. I LOVE this idea! I'm going to give this a try too. Thanks for sharing :-)

  10. You aren't the only one, I feel like it's the story of my life! Lately I've found myself saying "I can't keep up with life." almost everyday.
    I like this 45 minute thing, I think it'll help me get all the little things on my list done. I'm going to give it a try, thanks for the idea!

  11. My today is on the same topic. All the projects I have to get done! We can do it!

  12. I have holes to patch, a lot of stuff to paint, things to get rid off and on and on! And I'm thinking of painting our brick fireplace too. 5 coats?! wow! Good luck to us!

  13. I need to make a get er done list. We replaced all of the light switches and outlets including plates when we moved in almost a year ago. . . well not ALL. We have One double light switch and 1 outlet left. (Among other things) WHY haven't we done it yet!?! haha. So I totally feel ya. Good luck with your list.

  14. I HATE painting brick (the actually process - not the final look!) You definitely have the get-up-and-go to get-er-done! Enjoy your weekend - Jalon

  15. Ugh every time I complete one thing on my to-do list, 74 more things pop up. Or I get online to look up how to do something and end up reading blogs and before you know it five hours have passed. I'm not lazy, I'm just attention deficit! ;)

  16. Sounds like me! I have started making us do these little odds and ends. Because they are so small, I brush them off and say that I can do the later--why not now!

    We have started on our to-do list and I have been blogging about it too!

    p.s. the fireplace looks amazingly better!

  17. OH I am so beyond lazy with unfinished home projects, it's disgusting! And I'm supposed to be getting my graduate degree in this stuff? Puhhhlease! The fireplace looks smashing though, really!

  18. You are so NOT the only one with unfinished projects. I recently shared before pics of my soon to be facelifted bathroom. I cringed when I put them on there. We honestly lived with a sheet of posterboard (I didn't show this one) attached to our ceiling for, gulp, 7 years! It's amazing how easily we can become blind to things that nag us. I love your 45 minute a day idea and may have to try it myself.

    I'm new to your blog and so happy to have come across it. I'll be following along for sure.

    Have a great weekend!

  19. I just noticed a hole in one of my walls that's probably been there since we moved in--eight years ago! And then I added a few new ones when I hung a new picture. But I'm hoping I'll get the urge to take care of those things when spring fever hits, which should be any day now.

  20. Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one with unfinished boring projects. Everytime I look at the holes or scuffed walls I think about how I should get to that project, but then move on to something more fun. You've inspired me to get 'er done this weekend!!!!

  21. Love your idea of 45 minutes at a time. It makes it seem so much more manageable! Great thinking!

  22. Girl, right there with you. so.much.to.get.done.

  23. I need to do this! There are so many things (not even huge ones) that have been on my house fix list for an embarrassing amount of time. Way to go!

  24. I'm so bad at letting all the minor boring things go so I can move on to something fun! You're so right, sometimes it takes only minutes to knock them out! Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. Good for you! I planned on having some days like that. I figured we'd get a few storm days but instead just had one and I spent it relaxing..:P

  26. I still have a list of what I call "honey-do" projects that sound similar to this. Good for you for making time! I wanted to let you know I've officially posted all the pictures of the girls' rooms you took for me on my blog! Thanks again, I love how they turned out!

  27. Right there with ya'! It feels empowering to attack and finish the to-do's. I really like your idea of a scheduled {forced} chunk of time daily dedicated to the goal of getting it done. I'm definitely going to do that. Thanks for the suggestion.

    I recently posted on this topic too with my new mantra "stop starting and starting finishing" {to get more done}. Here's my post http://happilyhomeafter.blogspot.com/2012/02/stop-starting-and-start-finishing.html

  28. That is just the way life goes, we can't beat ourselves up about it right? But look at you getting it done! That is what matters. I love you tube for learning how to do things. I found out how to fix my washing machine from you tube. Kind of wish I hadn't though, I was so ready for new colored washer and dryers LOL Oh well.

  29. You've motivated me!! I have a giant list and I always wait for my hi by to them...that means they dont get done. :)

  30. Good job on checking a few things off your list! I too have a long running to-do list that I'm trying to tackle a little bit of every day (or when I can!). I just finished my daughter's room and it feels so good to check it off!

  31. Good for you! I constantly feel like I have a running list of about 99 things to do... and they never get completed. This is a good way to tackle that kind of list- just one project at a time!! : )

  32. Oh, this post made me laugh! No, I am positive no one is disgusted with you. We all live with little things like this for way too long. It usually takes someone visiting or a big party for me to get on little things like this. YAY for you for going for it!!

  33. awesome! you are definitely not the only one.... way to go!

  34. I swear I spend more time thinking about the things I need to do, than it would takr t oactually do them!! Doesnt it feel s ogood to git er done!!!??

  35. I definitely fall into the category of "The farther I go, the more behind I get!". I get so overwhelmed that I wind up doing nothing because I know I can't get it all done at once - oh what a vicious cycle. Chipping away at the list by taking an allotted amount of time each day to do just ONE THING is a great idea! Now I just have to figure out where to fit in that little chunk of allotted time...


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