My kiddos were sick with a cold on Sunday giving us a rare morning at home. I finally had a chance to jump on here and talk about some of the little things I’ve been doing around the house.
I don’t know about you, but I tend to put off minor repairs, especially in the summer. That makes no sense because I should have more free time in the summer to work on little projects. This past summer, however, was gone in a blink. I think I spent most of it sorting through, organizing and decluttering six children’s toys. Of course, we did spend some time at the pool and at the beach.
Fall, however, switches my brain into overdrive. Maybe it’s the cooler air (slightly cooler air in Florida!). Maybe it’s the impending holidays. I don’t know. But suddenly, I’m in the mood to get things done!
The first thing I tackled was the toilet paper holder in the main bathroom. I know. Super exciting. But I put this off forever because I just couldn’t wrap my brain around how to fix it. Here is how it has been for probably six months:
My brain, which tends to overcomplicate things, had decided the only way to repair this was to remove the inside panel of the cabinet. When I examined more closely, however, I realized that was impossible without removing the sink! So I sat there on the bathroom floor wondering why on earth a builder would make it so complicated to replace a toilet paper holder. Finally, I realized it couldn’t possibly be that complicated and I took a closer look at the part of the holder that fell off. Well. Look at that…
See that tiny little screw? The answer to my problem! I borrowed a tiny little screwdriver from my 16 yo son’s eye glasses repair kit and unscrewed it to reveal a back panel that would, get this, screw directly to the side of the cabinet!
I took an extra moment to clean and shine the chrome pieces and then put it all back together.
I was so excited I called the whole family into the bathroom to look. They pretty much all said, “That’s great, Mom.” Even my big girl, who almost always gets my weird self, was looking at me in slight confusion. Oh well.
Another thing I’ve put on the back burner for far too long is repairing the back panel of our comfy recliner. It’s been like this ever since we got it eight months ago:
In my defense, I did try stapling it but my staples were not long enough. And I tried tapping in little tacks but they were too short. I scored some longer nicer ones at JoAnn for only $1!
Here’s the difference between the two:
Experience is the best teacher. I had no idea what I was doing when I bought the first tacks. I knew the second tacks would work better but I still let them sit on the kitchen counter for weeks before trying them. Seriously, it took me five minutes to tap in the longer tacks.
I’m not sure why I put these things off. It feel SO GOOD to get them done. Do you have any little things you’re neglecting? Why not take five minutes mark one of those puppies off your list!