Lots of little projects! big payoffs!
So I ended up with some comp time (they owe me for TONS of overtime!!) and FINALLY hit a week in which I could take it. So I just went home at lunchtime one day, and at 4pm the next (quitting time is 6).
I didn't want the time to go to waste, so I really got cracking! First, I finished the Nerf gun installation.
Then I decided to tackle all of the little projects that I'd started but not finished (i.e., the supplies were cluttering up the counters, cabinets, closets, floor).
The new soap dispenser is in, so:
1) I can use the soap dispenser again, and the small bottle on the counter can go away (plus the new dispenser doesn't have a peeling-off finish, so it looks nicer--and bonus!! Its spout is longer, so it reaches all the way into the sink!)
2) the uninstalled soap dispenser isn't on the counter in the way anymore.
And hey, while I was down there and had the trash pullout uninstalled (to make room for us to get in), I put the plastic liner back down on the floor of the cabinet, so:
1) the cabinet itself is protected better (it has a thin covering, not the melamine I thought I'd get)
2) the plastic liner isn't in my way in my closet anymore
The sheers are installed on the DR window, so:
1) the window looks more finished, and I can experiment with not having the venetian blinds
2) the curtain rod isn't getting in the way by the bedroom hamper, and the sheers aren't clogging up the cubbies there either
The plastic covers are on the shower curtain rods, so:
1) the shower curtains slide easily without catching on the seam, and they look nice again
2) the plastic covers aren't leaning in the corner of the bathroom, looking cluttery and falling over all the time!
The shampoo dispenser is installed in the little bathroom shower, so:
1) my son will be able to dispenser his shampoo & bath gel more frugally
2) the shampoo dispenser isn't kicking around the bedroom, bathroom, dining room, dining room, my closet, other bathroom under-sink.
The new shelf liners for the kitchen drawers are installed, so:
1) the drawers are clean (no more grit!) and organized and decluttered
2) the cut-out liners are no longer kicking around on the countertop or under the sink.
Oh, and that Nerf installation? It's finished, so:
1) the guns are up off the floor
2) I can put the magazine holders (which didn't work) into use as a magazine holder, and the nails, etc., can go down in the basement, out of the dining room!
And actually, there's a triple payoff: I feel great about finishing them.
None of these has taken THAT long on its own, but I really did (mentally at least) need a block of time to feel I could tackle them, because at least with some of them, I didn't know how long it would take to accomplish.
Others (like the kitchen drawers) I let myself do in stages, one drawer at a time.
And I also found that the first day, with an entire afternoon to play with, helped me really get going--I have SO much momentum now.
And that helped me do lots of other little things like completely clear off the DR table, the kitchen counters, the top of my dresser, the corner of my bedroom, the top of the buffet, the end tables in the living room.