'One project a day' thread

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BlueLobelia Sun 18-Apr-21 12:51:36

... many years ago when i was first on MN I started (or maybe just actively participated in, cannot quite recall) a one (house) project a day. It made the most profound difference to my home. The project could be time consuming or not. It could take seconds, minutes or hours. I recall things like changing the lightbulb and lampshade in a hallway table lamp for example as a single day project. One day i also threw away holey and raggedy cushion covers and bought news ones. Little things, that really mattered.

If anyone is interested I wish to start another thread.

Today, as my one project a day, I cleared out my dehydrated and weed-ridden window boxes (2 of them). I put new compost in them and planted them with lobelia (obviously!); red geraniums and some dianthus. I am happy looking out (and in!) my front windows now. smile

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Blackjackontherocks Sun 18-Apr-21 12:53:11

I love this. Maybe it could be the kick up the ass to get my house and garden improved...

BlueLobelia Sun 18-Apr-21 13:08:02

I recall I was amazed at how much could be achieved with one single defined project!

Because usually I am overwhelmed. smile

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Yellowbowlbanana Sun 18-Apr-21 13:10:37

Oh I like the idea of this. Today mine will be to move stuff to the allocated charity shop pile rather than having it randomly scattered.

Octodog Sun 18-Apr-21 13:11:35

Also love. I'm not going to do today as I am pretty busy but tomorrow is

Conservatory: clean out fridge / freezer, remove fugly blinds and measure for curtain rails, sand damage on walls, clean floor and rearrange furniture.

WorraLiberty Sun 18-Apr-21 13:14:49

What a great idea.

Today I started chopping down the triffids otherwise known as fucking, buggering, bastard ivy that's taken over my garden.

Just stopped for a cup of tea but hopefully this thread will give me the kick up the arse needed to make me finish today, instead of leaving the job half done blush

howsoonisnow85 Sun 18-Apr-21 13:17:42

Love this idea! I think today I will dust mine & my daughters bedrooms & change the bedding. I need to have a think of some house diy projects- there are so many I dont know where to start!

Shuffalo Sun 18-Apr-21 13:18:47

Definitely up for this! Today I need to pot up some Devil’s ivy I bought for our shower room.

Shuffalo Sun 18-Apr-21 13:19:15

Sounds like you’re dealing with the Devil’s ivy too Worra!

Orangesand Sun 18-Apr-21 13:20:27

Can I join too?
I will start today with ordering wallpaper samples and tomorrow with dusting down all my skirting boards 😄

Octodog Sun 18-Apr-21 13:24:41

OK so I decided I will do today. I m going to put everything from our bedroom into the spare room to be sorted. Radical minimisation at play.

Saz12 Sun 18-Apr-21 13:27:24

Great idea! I’m going to try this. Today I’ll finish sewing cushion cover.

WalkingOverRainbows Sun 18-Apr-21 13:28:20

L0ve this! Will have a think.

EarringsandLipstick Sun 18-Apr-21 13:32:55

Love this!

Today's project is going to be sorting out my sons' bedroom (11 & 9) & getting rid of too small falling apart clothes and ordering some summer clothes that they'll actually wear

It'll involve them doing it with me, hence my reluctance.

ElderMillennial Sun 18-Apr-21 13:34:26

I like this idea too.

Ok so my project for today is to go through a small pile of papers in my office.

RoseHarper Sun 18-Apr-21 13:37:50

This is a great idea! I read a book a while back about the cumulative effect of improving just 1% at a time, same sort of principle. Easy to achieve but one small thing a day over a year is 365 improvements! Not overwhelming, just small simple things but hopefully house/garden will look better for it! Today I've given 3 worn plant pots a second and third coat of paint.

BlueLobelia Sun 18-Apr-21 13:43:26

RoseHarper

This is a great idea! I read a book a while back about the cumulative effect of improving just 1% at a time, same sort of principle. Easy to achieve but one small thing a day over a year is 365 improvements! Not overwhelming, just small simple things but hopefully house/garden will look better for it! Today I've given 3 worn plant pots a second and third coat of paint.

Oh i would love to read that book if you can recall the name.

A few years back I also decided to devote 5 mins a day to my paved bin area courtyard.

I bought a cherry tree, some garden furniture and then an insane workload got in the way. I think this is the year I shall reinvigorate this space. smile

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BlueLobelia Sun 18-Apr-21 13:44:19

Thanks also everyone for joining. smile

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Divineswirls Sun 18-Apr-21 13:51:06

This works for me

Today I'm going to hoover the upstairs landing and clear out under the stairs and be more brutal than usual

Bluebird2021 Sun 18-Apr-21 13:54:35

love this too. back when i joined it was all "flylady"

todays project......repot my houseplants. there,ive said its will have to go complete it. ive got around 15 houseplants but only a couple need re-potting. i'll move them around a bit and prune a few. then water them and add some feed

BlueLobelia Sun 18-Apr-21 13:57:58

[feeling a desire to have a second daily project and repot my houseplants plants... ]

grin

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Spottyphonecase Sun 18-Apr-21 14:09:02

Can I join? I cleaned the inside of my car today. It’s made a massive difference to how I feel and it’s encouraged me to do more. I’ve potted up some geraniums.

Tickledtrout Sun 18-Apr-21 14:12:29

Oh fantastic idea! I'm in. My weekend jobs will (hopefully) be bigger projects than my weekday ones. Today... empty the ironing basket(s).

RoseHarper Sun 18-Apr-21 14:17:52

The book was "Father and Son on the Penine Way" - he mentioned it in passing in relation to getting fit for the walk, and I then read up a bit more on it. If you google marginal gains or the 1% improvement rule there is a lot of info online. Somehow the few lines he wrote really stuck with me and I try to apply it to work/home/fitness.

moonlight1705 Sun 18-Apr-21 14:40:58

Wonderful idea! I'm handing in my last essay for my last module in my MLitt next Sunday so I'll gave more time after that. However I could do mini 5 minute jobs this week around essay writing and work.

I potted up my baby olive tree into a bigger pot so will take that for today.

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