Channeling my weekend warrior
When Mr. Speedy and I were renters, the rare quiet weekend was dedicated to doing a wee spot of housework paired with a large quantity of brunching, TV-watching and strolling through the shops. It was peaceful and relaxing, if not always particularly productive.
But now that we're new homeowners, things are happening at a slightly less relaxed pace. There's still so much unpacking to do (how on earth did we ever accumulate that much stuff?), along with loads of regular housework and maintenance-type things. It seems the list is ever-growing and never-ending, while my enthusiasm for tackling the items (especially the unpacking) has been steadily waning.
And that's not good. So this weekend, with some (OK, a lot) of help from my in-laws, we're going to get a motivation boost and start tackling that super long list of home tasks that I blogged about last week.
As for prioritizing, thanks for some advice from my Twitter friend @erinmillsliving we decided to rearrange our to-dos to move anything that could get worse (like the garage roof) and inexpensive fixes that could improve our enjoyment of our home, like replacing the faulty light fixture in the basement, to the top of our list.
And, if the weather ever holds, I also hope to start ripping out some of the unattractive, overgrown and undesirable plants from our yard (it may or may not be revenge for that first gardening attempt.)
Seeing as Mr. Speedy and I don't fit into the description of diehard DIYers (or, for that matter, even the "handy" label), it's going to be a stressful and challenging experience, as we pick up our hammers and screwdrivers and try to whip the place into shape.
But I'm going to try to channel the lessons Toolgirl taught me, and hopefully, I'll have stunning success stories to share with you next week, instead of tales of injuries and woe. Wish us luck!