It’s that time again…

posted by Aby Garvey on July 26, 2013 8 Comments

It’s time for Finish It Friday! If you’ve been sitting on the sidelines, today is a terrific week to jump in and share your weekend to-do list in the comments. When you do, you’ll have more fun and get more done. Here’s my list:

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  • Mud Mountain 5K Race. Doesn’t that sound fun? ;) I’m partially excited and partially terrified. How big is that muddy mountain anyway? I’ll let you know on Monday. :) Check! Okay, so the course was tough, just as people had warned me. There wasn’t just one “mountain” but several. And it was dry the day of the race, so no mud, which was not a disappointment. The course is the one that my daughter runs on for cross country meets (though they don’t run the entire thing) but it gave me a great appreciation for how hard cross country is! The weather was fabulous, and though I went a bit slower than I had wanted to, I had a lot of fun, and came in 4th in my age group. So, all in all, it was a success. :)  
  • Make dryer balls. Check! 
  • Get together with Jay’s family. Nope. This get together got cancelled, but I did go out to eat with my family on Saturday night. 
  • Bike ride. Check! Yes, it’s an add-on. But wow, the weather here was simply gorgeous – the perfect day to take advantage of the great bike trails in our town. Will definitely be doing more of that very soon!


  • Laundry. Check!
  • Meal plan + grocery shop. Check!
  • Measure for new blinds. Check!
  • Research new blinds. And hopefully order them…if I find what I want. Check – but not ordered. I need to find a place that will send samples. 
  • Finish painting chairs. I am getting close. The weather cooled down quite a bit this week (hooray!) so I’ve painted a couple of evenings after work. Almost done. Hoping the weather will cooperate and I can finish this up this weekend. Check (I think.) I need to do a final inspection to see if they are painted well enough to be called done. I hope so…I’m kind of over this project.   
  • Purchase rubber feet for chairs. Check!
  • List items on Craigslist and our local Facebook shop and swap group. Collin outgrew his little blue desk. So…up for sale it will go. I also have a flute to sell,. And I’m just might look for some other things that are ready for a new home. Check! The little blue desk sold in about 12 hours. Love that! I always drag my feet when selling things…and then, when it’s easy like that, I wonder why. Why all the mental gymnastics in my head? 
It was a great weekend! Hope yours was, too! Thanks for joining me for Finish It Friday. See you back here this week for another round of fun and done. :)
So that’s the plan. The month is nearly over so I’m ready to mark a few more things off my “refresh the home” list. :)  
What’s on your to-do list this weekend? Thanks for sharing. Have a terrific weekend!
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Aby Garvey is a creative organizing expert and simplify 101’s founder. She has created 14 online organizing classes, which she has been teaching since 2007, helping thousands of people around the world get organized. Aby loves to help people create positive change in their lives through her online classes and coaching program

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  • July 26, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    -project life
    -hello story layouts (basically, scrapbook, scrapbook, scrapbook)

    -plan cleaning schedule (since I just learned a secret!)
    -finish surplus gift box project
    -declutter sb supplies
    -end of month checklist
    -pack for business trip.
    -sort consignment items
    -budget check in
    -Costco run
    -write and schedule blog posts
    -mail basket clean out

    I have an ambitious list since I have 5 days before I leave for a work trip which will throw off the routine. So trying to create breathing room.

    Have fun at the muddy!

    July 26, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Thanks, Alissa! Hope you have a great weekend!!

    July 29, 2013 at 8:59 am

    Ok I really want to know how the Muddy went!

    Here’s my list:
    -project life – HALF CHECK, finished up 3 weeks, still 3 weeks behind
    -hello story layouts (basically, scrapbook, scrapbook, scrapbook). NOPE

    -plan cleaning schedule (since I just learned a secret!) NOPE, but did think about it
    -finish surplus gift box project NOPE
    -declutter sb supplies NOPE
    -end of month checklist CHECK
    -pack for business trip. NOPE
    -sort consignment items NOPE
    -budget check in CHECK
    -Costco run CHECK
    -write and schedule blog posts CHECK
    -mail basket clean out CHECK

    One my secrets to getting stuff done was starting on Friday night!

    • July 26, 2013 at 5:42 pm

      Haven’t been here in awhile just life getting in the way… but my husband schedule something of a family reunion next week with some of his cousins and it’s here so I need to focus and get things done :-)

      - My neices 4th birthday party tomorrow
      - My son has two performances Sunday so we’ll go to the first grab dinner and then stay for the second

      - Mow, trim, sweep up
      - Clean out the flower beds..(so much rain here the weeds are having a field day)
      - Housework
      - Laundry
      - Finish the initial backup of my photos to an EHD to send to Crashplan on monday
      - Finish uploading 1970s photos to my new site
      - Make a plan for the week to get ready for saturday
      - Create a menu for saturday
      - Finish up some concert photos to upload
      - Edit and tag some more 1980s photos

      I also have some stuff for work to take care of so that should be enough.. good luck everyone!


      • July 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm

        The kids (well, all but the 2-month-old) are gone for the weekend, so I made an overly ambitious to-do list. I’m trying to pare it down to make sure I complete a few big things and don’t get overwhelmed and underdone.

        -Complete a workout DVD without interruptions (hasn’t happened in almost a year!)
        -Shop for clothes for myself (also hasn’t happened in ages!)
        -Pick up party favors and craft project for 6-yr-old’s upcoming birthday party

        -Go through everyone’s closets… make save/donate/keep piles and take inventory for the fall
        -Clean the house (without anyone here to mess it up, it may stay clean for a whole day!)
        -Iron. Ugh, I hate ironing, but I have a bunch of shows on the DVR to get through it!

        • July 26, 2013 at 8:44 pm

          I’m pretty burnt out from the last three weeks, so I’m keeping my to do pretty light and rewarding. Focusing on the fun and relaxing this weekend!

          - scrapbook
          - hike in the park
          - shop for fabric for curtains
          - read

          - install curtain rods in my craft room
          - weed yard
          - sand desk & paint first coat
          - create a blog schedule

          • July 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

            With Open House Tuesday, there is no rest for this weary one:

            Today (Friday) – Go fishing with friends and family (I didn’t say anything about relaxation and fun! Lol) Take school stuff to work on during boring-non-catching-fish-times. Paint bookcase, wash pillows and rugs for classroom.

            Before we left this morning, I got one load of pillows washed and dried, and another load washed, and painted one coat on my bookcase. I actually caught LOTS of fish, got my Welcome Back postcards addressed and ready to mail Monday, took lots of pictures, made my classroom to-do-list, wrote 3 thank you cards, and learned how to clean fish! :) . Most of all, I spent quality time with my family and some close friends. (Now exhausted!!! Lol)

            Saturday – paint another coat on bookcase and create artwork, cut shelves, go to brother-in-law’s Memorial Service, spend time with family.

            Sunday – go to church, finish bookcase, get bulletin board items cut out, and window seat items cut out, set up Edmundo.

            • August 1, 2013 at 4:28 pm

              We got new blinds last year and ordered them through – and they did send us samples so I could figure out which shade of cream worked best!