My progress in the bathroom started very fast, but in these last few weeks, things have been slowly flowing. And the development of the home gym has stopped since before bathroom work began. That’s not a terrible thing. The last two years have changed my perspective on things that matter, and I’ve realized that spending all the hours of the day, day in and day out, working at a house isn’t really the reason. in life. So this year, I’m trying to make it a point to spend a lot of downtime with Matt, as well as spend a lot of time outside the house on things that interest me.
But now we’re in the second half of October, sliding very fast towards the holidays and the end of the year, and the bathroom and home gym are far from the finish line. And I don’t want any more to have both rooms either finished, or about to be finished, before the end of this year.
It’s time to buckle down and really focus again. If I work in the walk-in pantry and have a hard time focusing and finishing things, I face a system of posting my progress each day so I can own to stay focused. . Maybe I’ll have to do it again, because if I continue at the current pace, the finish line is about six months out of these rooms. And that is unacceptable. Both of these rooms will greatly increase the quality of our lives, so there will be a huge payoff if I buckle and focus now to get to these rooms as quickly as possible.
It’s quite a lot because here’s what the home gym looks like right now…
Yes. It often becomes a dumping ground for tools, additional materials, and a real waste. And of course, you can always find a Sonic cup cemetery next door to any big project I work on. ⁇
And even if I tried to convince myself that it didn’t affect my bathroom work, I’m sure I was lying to myself. Even if it’s not the room I’m working in right now, I have to navigate this mess to get to the bathroom, and I always need it to find the tools I need. I can’t navigate a chaos like this day in and day out without it having some sort of impact on the state of mind, which naturally affects my work.
And on top of that, my WaterRower is scheduled to ship next Tuesday, and right now, I don’t have a place to put it. That is not acceptable.
As far as the bathroom progressed, things really stopped after I finished tiling the shower floor. I haven’t done any cleaning on that floor yet, meaning I haven’t invited it either. To date, the only tile that has been made is the shower floor and two rows of bathroom floor tiles. Ugh.
That big tile was even more annoying to work with, and after the shower floor, my hands were torn in the mortar. I’ve done a little bit of tiling my life, and I’ve never torn my hands like this mortar did. My left hand was suffering so much pain that it was actually swollen, and my skin was still not back to normal.
I’m not sure what to do about that. The thin disposable glove doesn’t help because it lasts about two tiles before they tear, and the thicker glove hinders my ability to feel to make sure the tiles are on each other, and they are too filled with mortar to help.
So I avoided the rest of the tile because of it. This is NOT just a fun job to do. But I also refused to take it, so I just had to go there and finish it. I think once I get through the next row, which includes a tile that needs to be cut to surround the side of the tub, the more floor should be easier because the tiles need to be my only cut is against the wall. And that’s simple straight cutting.
That is the situation in these rooms today. I’ll admit I was overwhelmed, but at the same time, I was determined. I need to be accountable, and I need to find a way to motivate myself to really move so I can finish these rooms by the end of this year. It’s great to finish the bathroom as quickly as possible, and then start 2022 with an awesome and usable home gym.
Addiction to 2 Decorating was part of my DIY and decorating journey as I repaired and decorated the 1948 upper fixer purchased by my husband, Matt, in 2013. Matt has MS and cannot do physical work , so I do most of the housework on my own. You can find out more about me here.
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