Later when you see my new drapes and I casually mention, “Oh these? I made them myself,” I want you to remember that I had to redo them three times, and they took forever. I will keep these drapes hanging for the next twenty years because I am set in my ways, and it is too much work to change them.
Somehow sewing brings out a bit of craziness in me, and what should be good enough turns into perfectionism. I thought sewing curtains would be easy, after all, it’s just rectangles, right? But sewing miles of fabric and making a houseful of drapes isn’t easy after all, and that’s why I waited eight months before cutting into the fabric in the first place.
Renovating and redoing a house is a lot of work, and I feel like I am surrounded by unfinished projects. It seems easier sometimes to buy supplies for a new project than to finish the old ones. And that’s where I am today.
Last week I was all excited about the arrival of my new baby niece that I didn’t get around to doing a summary of the fourth week of our No Spend Month. It ties in nicely with what I want to share today though, so I’m going to combine “No Spend Month” with this “Clear the Clutter” Monday post.
But to back up, July is No Spend Month for my family. It’s a month to take a break from spending money and make the most of what we have. We gave ourselves a limit of $400 to spend this month on anything we would buy for ourselves, and last week we spent $74.25 for groceries and a little bit of gas in the car. We have $21 left for the final two days.
As our family has changed over the years I can look back and see how past No Spend Months have brought various challenges. The year that we had just one baby, it was a challenge not to go out to eat and go out for coffee. We learned to spend less money by eating at home. I used to think fixing every meal at home would be terrible, but now that’s what we do all the time.
Another year that we lived next to nice shops, it was hard not to window shop for new housewares. It took me three weeks to break that habit.
This year has been full of hard work, and I find myself most wanting to spend money on what I think will hurry up the work so I can be done with it. When I’m stuck on my writing, maybe there’s an app for that. When the renovations are progressing too slowly, maybe I can buy a new light fixture or supplies for the next project.
The real solution is that work takes time, projects take time, and I need to concentrate on finishing the projects I have instead of spending more money as a substitute for work.
If I can finish some of these projects, and not buy supplies for new ones yet, that will take care of a lot of the clutter in the house that is mine. (And I do call it clutter because in its unfinished state it nags at me and makes it harder to enjoy my home.)
I had good intentions for summer, and I feel like it’s almost done because school starts so soon. I’m going to get more work done with reasonable expectations and a time frame that lets me stay sane.