My MIL has a name for all those projects that go unfinished; she calls them "2-year, 20-minute projects," meaning that they only take 20 minutes to accomplish, but it takes 2 years to get around to them!
Maybe you don't have these types of projects, but I suspect you do. You know, that hard-to-reach light bulb you haven't changed for months, that hook that is loose so instead of fixing it you just never hang anything too heavy on it, or maybe a paint retouching project that you think about every time you walk past a certain scuffed baseboard or gouged wall but then forget immediately.
Well, I am committing to tackling some of these projects this summer. To keep myself accountable, I'll share my progress so far:
First up, I polished some silver salad servers with wood inlaid handles. They looked like this when I bought them:
After 20 minutes of polishing them in the kitchen while I chatted with my family, they now look much better:
Next up, I tackled a toilet paper holder in the kids' bathroom that had been broken for a while. Periodically the part that held the roll would fall out, and I would hear it clanging on the tile floor, followed by the anguished cry of a four-year-old: "Oh no! I ruined my bathroom!!!" (Sometimes he's a little dramatic.)
While J. was sleeping and Josh was out for a run, I took down the old holder, drilled a couple new holes, sunk my anchors, and screwed in the new toilet paper holder. The whole process probably only took about 15 minutes, since I did have to go hunt down a few tools. And to think, we lived with the broken holder for months!
The last quick project I've done recently was to replace a hydrangea that didn't make it through the winter. I guess technically this isn't a "two-year" project, but it's been dead (at least visibly) since April and it's now past mid-summer, so I finally gave up hope of seeing some little green leaves pushing through the mulch.
Before: look how welcoming this bundle of brown sticks is beside our front sidewalk!
After: symmetry and greenery are restored to the plant bed!
So what about you? Any 2-year, 20-minute projects you need to tackle before fall gets here?