i am listless


That.  Up there.  Scrawled on the kitchen chalkboard door I made here.

That is not a list.  It’s a bunch of reminders.  Financial obligations.  Save the dates.  It’s not a proper list.


A list of “to do’s” …

… now that would be a proper list. 

Much like this list-making blogger, I need a list – a proper list – to propel me forward.  A list of tasks that can be crossed off when completed.

Because without that list, nothing gets done.


And that list needs to sit atop my shiny white countertops and taunt me.  And that list needs to be spelled out on my kitchen chalkboard door and guilt me each day when things are not crossed out – or, better yet, swiped away with the swipe of the eraser.


And on that taunting, guilt-inducting list there will be one or two “to do’s” that will linger.  The list lingerers, I call them …

They could be the tasks I dread.  Or perhaps it’s something difficult.  Or time consuming.  Or not enjoyable.  Or involves decision-making and I’m not quite ready to make those decisions …

… and those list lingerers often find themselves being transferred to new lists.  And sometimes they can be transferred multiple times …

… week after week …
… month after month …

And do you want to know the list lingerers that have been transferred over and over again since the end of January? 

  • Hang Bead Board Wallpaper in Master
  • Repair & Paint Dresser for Master

And now I have no choice but to put those two tasks at the top of the list.  Because if I don’t get moving forward on the master bedroom?  Then I’ll not only be listless …


… I’ll be blog post topic-less.

And you, dear reader, will be subjected to even more posts where I apologize to various inanimate objects in our home.

The dining room table is up next …

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  1. says

    I have lists coming out my ears, I’ll send ya one or two and then you won’t feel bad anymore… unless of course you don’t feel bad and then you’ll just laugh at all the projects I keep adding to my own lists until I think I’m going to go crazy. Except I’m already crazy, and loving every minute of my list-building, project mania!!


  2. says

    Ugh, lists! I think I need someone following me around reminding me of all the things I need to do – I’ll just ask, “what’s on the list for today?” and an immediate response will come forth!

    That way, I wouldn’t lose all those little slips of paper where I jot down my never ending projects and to-do’s.

    Now, get cracking on that bedroom – that’s the last place a gal wants to be list-less (just ask Mike)!

  3. says

    YES! That is exactly right. Without the list I don’t move forward with anything, I wander aimlessly in circles wondering what I should be doing. The crossing off part is the reward…the list lingerers are those things that drive me to drink. 😉 Thanks so much for the shout out.

  4. says

    I’m a list girl too! Nothing gets done (well quickly, anyway!) without one. I think your chalkboard door is a cool idea (although, as a teacher, I would have to say it has it’s dusty moments I would bet!).
    Hope your motivation kicks in and you make speedy progress!

  5. says

    I have a giant magnetic marker board on the wall in the mudroom. If it’s not on there, it doesn’t happen. I am blaming “middle age” for the necessity of list making and creativity for the fact that it nees to be “cute”.

    If you feel the need to apologize to your dining room table, go ahead, I think that I’m okay on that. However, if you decide to do one on the garage, or why you’re sorry to your car for the fact that it needs to spend nights in the driveway (I’m telling mine to think of it as “Summer Camp”), please phone in advance as I’d like to be able to leave town before the post hits. xo

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