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I’m a list maker. I don’t always accomplish everything on my lists, and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I’m organized, but I always have lists. It’s become even more important to me since we’ve gotten so busy with the house building, and sometimes things would totally slip through if I didn’t have lists. But, I don’t have a comprehensive list. Well, I didn’t before now.

Robbyn, over at The Back Forty published her current project to-do list, and got me inspired to put to paper the jillions of things I want and need to do in pretty short order. I actually have a few of the same thoughts Robbyn has, so it really got me motivated when I read hers. 

I didn’t put the entire jillion down, I’ll be adding to it.  This list will grow and change. We are devoting every weekend to working on our new house, so there isn’t much time…some things will slip, others will get added as we near completion, I’m sure. But for now, here goes (warning…if you bore easily, step away from this page, you may be snoozing after # 5 or so. But, if you hang in to the end, you might be inspired to make your own lists, and a list never hurts).

1. Make some of our favorite soup recipes and can or freeze them for quick winter meals. I did this twice this week – well halfway. I made the soups, but we ate the soups, so there were no leftovers to freeze. I’ll give it another shot this weekend.

2. Freeze or dry the gazillion Tabasco peppers somehow not only surviving, but thriving in my jungle of a garden.

3. Make bread and freeze half bi-weekly. I’m not crazy, I know it won’t happen every week. Along this line, make home made dinner rolls for Thanksgiving dinner and freeze.

4. Talk someone else in the family into hosting Thanksgiving dinner. From 15 – 20 people. We do it every year, but I don’t know if I’m up to it this year. Besides, our dining room and living room will probably be full of packed moving boxes.

5. Make home-made dog cookies. I’ve been meaning to do this for awhile. My dogs are pigs. They eat a lot of cookies. I’d rather they be eating cookies with known, healthy ingredients rather than store-bought. Yes, they are spoiled.

6. Work on reducing our weekly grocery bill by half within a year’s time. This is something Robbyn did, and got me thinking…as limited as we are on time right now, we only get to the grocery about once every 2 weeks. And it hasn’t been a problem. What’s happening is that I’m making more food from scratch, soups and such. We’re eating healthier and feeling better. And, the grocery bill is already noticeably reducing. I think we can do this one. Especially with a large Spring garden.
7. Start doing yoga again, at least 2 or 3 times a week. I can do this at home. Does a mind and body good. I’ve been negligent the past several months, because my back bothers me.  When I did yoga more regularly my back didn’t bother me nearly as much. There you go.

8. Begin planning the spring garden beds. My stepmother lives about 6 miles from our new house. She and my father always had a HUGE, and I’m not kidding you, garden. She’s almost 80 years old, and can’t do it herself anymore. But, she has the most wonderful gift for us…SEEDS. Seeds from their previous crops that she’s stored in her freezer, just waiting for me. She got so excited when I asked her if she would help me plan for the spring garden, help me know what varieties to grow for freezing vs. canning, all that stuff I don’t know. I can’t wait either, it’ll be awesome.

9. Get my Christmas cards ready to mail (before Thanksgiving), finish Christmas gift planning. Many things will be home-made, make ahead whatever is possible.

10. This one I’m really dreading, and may be the most important one for us — We have to go through every closet, every cabinet, the garage and shop and get rid of everything we haven’t used, aren’t using, and know we won’t use. Everything from tools – to clothes – to unused household items, everything. We are hopefully going to be moving into our new, but smaller, house within the next couple of months, so we’ve got to de-clutter.

11. Sell – piano, sofa, wardrobe, dining table and chairs (we have 2 sets), glass top coffee and end table, bedroom suite (or 2). A funny, but not funny story about our master bedroom in our new house. It isn’t so big. We have a 4 poster bed and chest of drawers, and loooong dresser with double mirrors. Well all that won’t fit into our bedroom, because we had this great idea to put outrageously giant double windows on one wall in our bedroom, French doors to the porch on another, and another has the doorway to the closets and bath. That leaves one blank wall to put something against. Which needs to be the bed so we can look out of the outrageously giant double windows when we wake up in the mornings. All that said, we need to sell the suite, get a queen sized bed without a huge wooden frame and posts, and maybe 2 chests, which would fit on each side of the – you know, rather than a dresser. See, it’s not really funny :-/.

12. Get our poor mess of a neglected yard in order. The garden is over-run, a climbing rose has taken the pergola hostage, and the flower beds are so sad with wilting and dying summer remains, we need to clean them out.

13. Paint the siding portion of our house before putting on the market.

14. Make my own laundry detergent. Another of Robbyn’s, and one I’ve wanted to do all year, and keep putting off.

15.Get cabinets ordered.

16.Get appliance quotes.

17.Purchase lights and ceiling fans.

18. Purchase interior doors.

19. Talk my friend Dawn into taking a mommy’s night out, or planning a date night with Travis so that I can visit with the 3 sweetest little girls ever.

The things we are going to do at the new house are (this will require taking leave time from work):

  • Finish the stone work, we still have the front and back of the house to go.
  • Paint the clear sealant on the cedar siding and porches.
  • Paint the interior when the walls get in, hopefully in the next few weeks.
  • Install the hardwood when the painting is finished.
  • Install the tile in the laundry room and guest bath.
  • Put the stone on the fireplace inside.
  • Make the mantle.  We got a huge long piece of cedar, and Mike is going to shape a mantle, and make brackets out of it to hold the mantle up.
  • Build a door for the little surprise closet that we got, that a standard door won’t fit.
  • Install the pocket door frames in order to pass the framing inspection.  We’ll be doing that this weekend.
  • Move dirt around.  We had the excavators leave all the dirt when they dug out the basement.  We have holes to fill, areas to level out.  Topsoil to till into the garden area.
  • If you’ve made it this far, wow, I’m surprised. This isn’t an exciting post, or necessarily interesting. But it’s good for me to write it down, I feel somewhat committed now. I’m starting today, wish me luck.

    How about you? How do you stay organized?

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