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Day 5: Select a Project

Today’s assignment is to choose a project from my list to complete this month.

According to Apartment Therapy, the project should be something that takes only a few hours. The one that I was kind of planning on doing this month (even before I joined the January Cure), is to make a desk/bill-paying area in the TV room closet along with shelving for storage. Unfortunately it’s going to take more than a few hours, but I think that will make the most impact on how I use the space.

Some of the other projects I listed, like cleaning out the bathroom cabinets and framing/hanging artwork, are already included in some of the daily assignments, so those really aren’t a “goal project”.

To make up for some of the time I’ll need to spend on this project, I’m really not sure if I’ll be participating in a couple other things on the assignment list, like planning and hosting a party. It might just be a special dinner with Pete — after all, he’s going to have to put up with me all month and he might be enlisted to help on some of these assignments so I think I’ll owe him.

2013010801But, back to my Goal Project: the TV room closet makeover.

Right now the floor is stacked with old slide carousels, photo negatives, file boxes and old magazines. I want to add shelving for the slides and negatives because in addition to a bill-paying zone, I’d like to digitally scan my slides while I watch/listen to TV.

For those who don’t know, what I call our TV room used to be our master bedroom before we remodeled the attic and created a master suite upstairs. By bungalow standards, the TV room has a fairly large closet, about 6 feet wide x about 2-1/2 feet deep. There’s enough space to put shallower shelves on the left side of the doorway and deeper shelves with a desktop to the right side. We can tuck a small office chair in there and still be able to close it off.

Before I can do that, however, I want to strip the paint off the woodwork (baseboard, door framing, etc.) and varnish it. There are a couple spots in the plaster walls that need to be repaired as well, and then I need to paint it.


I’m thinking about going the Elfa route from Container Store for the shelving. Since their annual 30% off sale is happening this month, I think I can get it done for less than $200. It’s also easy to install and easily adjustable, and while I could probably do it cheaper with something from Home Depot or Menards, I can get a wood-look which will look much nicer if we leave the closet door open. Hopefully it will also make me a tiny bit happier when I have to pay the bills and keep me motivated to stay on top of our finances a little better!

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