“Lazy, Hazy Crazy Days of Summer” –
Remind me again – Who coined that phrase?? “Crazy” is the only part that applies to my life during the summer months.
After all – It’s is “MOVING season” — that means – I’m either helping a client move IN or OUT 🙂 leaving precious little time for my own projects.
Somehow I always manage to tackle a few and this summer was no exception.
Because I’m busy anything I do MUST fit into ONE or All of the following categories:
It must be — Simple – QUICK (and/or) Easy.
And…. if it’s going to consume the precious little time I do have, you’d better bet, it has to be relevant to what’s going on in my life today – you will NOT find me organizing my wool sweaters in the summertime! ?
Here’s what we’ve managed to accomplish so far and I say “we’ve” because Hubby is right there with me every step of the way — unless I’m painting (hee-hee) he’ll support me in (just about) every hair-brained idea I get…but he WON’T paint! Me??? I walk around with a paintbrush in my hand “looking” for something to paint.
Ooops, I got sidetracked 😉
Our projects so far:
1- The Deck
2- The master bedroom
3- The guest bath (Hey, you’re gonna want to stay tuned, because you don’t want to miss the post where I’ll be sharing how I remodeled our guest bath for less than $300 and that included a $200 toilet)
4- Redecorated the front porch
The FIRST project we took on was OUR DECK –
And before you start yelling at me — “I thought you said it had to be Quick – Easy and/or Simple” — I have a confession — this was a COUPLE project – but at least my part fit the criteria. 🙂
We’ve been in our house a little over 23 years and shortly after moving in Hubby built a deck, which made it somewhere in the neighborhood of 21 to 22 years old — so, to say it was in dyer need of an update would be an understatement….but to be quite honest neither one of us was looking forward to tackling it…so we’ve both procrastinated for about 3 years — until it got to the point that it was either replace some of the boards or take a chance on falling through them. (actually, Hubby did fall thru during the “ripping off old boards stage” — we were grateful he only bruised a few ribs)
Once we agreed that we had procrastinated L -O -N-G enough – we decided to completely rebuilt it from the ground up…and guess what???
Like most things in life — it turned out to NOT be as daunting a project as we had built it up to be in our minds. (Why do we do this to ourselves??) Time consuming? Yes — But, daunting it wasn’t!
With the help of his brother and nephew, Hubby rebuilt the deck — When that part was finished — I came into the picture to help with paint colors and accessorizing (which is still a work in progress)
But, now that we had a new deck — I wanted to entertain — and I didn’t want to wait until we had the “perfect” outdoor furniture so I did what I could with what I had (something I highly recommend you do) and when I find that ‘perfect furniture’ I will update the post here. 🙂
Just because summers are busy – that doesn’t give us an excuse for not creating a few magical moments for our memory banks ….. Right??? After all, we will NEVER be able to recapture this summer again!!
Once the paint colors were chosen — It was like ‘Ready or Not here they come” (“Company” that is) Here is the south “they’re” called “Friends or Family” until you invite them over to FEED them and then they are called “Company” 🙂
(btw, I ended up not liking the rail color so I’m in the process of repainting it– Don’t worry, I’ll share it with you here when I finish!)
Next it was time to:
Organize Grill supplies:
After all, I don’t want Hubby running around looking for the spatula and grill tongs when “company” arrives — especially if said “company” knows his wife is an “Organizer” (wish I could insert an emoji here)
Here’s a sneak preview of where we started: “no snickering please”
And where we are now:
I never cease to be amazed at the difference a coat of paint can make! And although I’m no closer to finding the furniture I want – we’ve already enjoyed the deck more this year than we have in the recent past.
Now, back to organizing my grill supplies 🙂 (bet you thought I had forgotten didn’t ya???)
Take note…(Follow these same steps when you decide to organize your own)
Choose ONE location to keep ALL of your grilling supplies – it could be a plastic container in the garage/out building – in a drawer in the kitchen or pantry or a simple bucket, but life is much sweeter if they’re all together.
Next: Gather your favorite long handled tongs, spatula, and fork — add your grill gloves or mitt, thermometer, skewers and grill brush — whala, You’re DONE!
It’s also a great idea to keep a basket with a handle close by during the summer months to make transporting your condiments, napkins, plates, tableware from kitchen to the deck or patio easier.
A friend of mine gave me a market basket a few years back and it has been a lifesaver…here’s one like it over on Amazon:
** Disclaimer: (This is an affiliate link meaning if you purchase from this link Amazon will pay me a few pennies – However it won’t cost you one cent more so basically it means they’re paying me to find this item for you) Win – Win 🙂 and I NEVER recommend a product I would not purchase or use myself.
Here is the deck decorated with what I had on hand — and, I’m on a mission to find some outdoor furniture (on sale) so we will be ready to entertain when Fall arrives.
Have I inspired you to tackle a few projects of your own? (after all that was my reason for sharing)
Pinkie promise that you’ll share them in the comment section below…..I LOVE seeing pictures of your (simple, easy and quick) projects.
Here’s to enjoying the rest of the summer – Remember it’s NOT about perfection but creating lasting memories and relationships.
Until next week