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Weird Moving Dynamics #5 – Unfinished Projects

I promise, last one of these. It’s just that there hasn’t been a lot on my mind outside of moving lately!

When you’re getting ready to move to a new home, things sometimes get weirder and weirder.

And with moving day tomorrow, Noah and I are experiencing some strange dynamics already.

Like the fact that I always come across so many unfinished projects.

Like this fancy schmancy thermostat. Digital. Expensive. I opened the package about five years ago, looked at the instructions, didn’t have time to do it that day, and never got around to it. Twice a year I think about it, every time I waste so much money switching from heat to cold and cold to heat late in the game. And every time I don’t have a specific schedule that will optimize it all. And every time I get frustrated that it’s not installed yet.

Or the cable feed thingies I bought to use after I drilled a hole from my bedroom to my bathroom so that cables could aesthetically be passed through. I got them last November.

Or the sewing kit and buttons I bought more than two years ago so that I could fix one of my favorite pairs of pants.

Or the super hooks I bought to screw into the garage ceiling when I moved into this place so that I could store more stuff above.

Or the swinging chair I bought for Noah two years ago so that he could have something fun to sit in while we watch movies.

Or the furniture patch/repair kit I bought a year ago so that I could touch up the finish on my oak bedroom set.

Or the baking soda and vinegar I bought fifteen months ago so that Noah and I could build a volcano.

Or the body groomer I bought three years ago so that I could figure out what to do with all this unruly hair that covers my body.

Or the graphing calculator I bought so that I could finish college.

There’s a lot more, but you get the idea.

Does anyone else have unfinished projects everywhere they turn or is it a serious symptom of my Adult ADHD?

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

32 comments
JeffHiggins
JeffHiggins

Starting and not finishing projects is definitely one of my ADD signs

MeganTownsend
MeganTownsend

yes, thanks to pinterest, I see so many cool crafts and DIY projects and get started on them and don't finish them :( ADHD is an understatement.

RiotStarter
RiotStarter

I've found that making lists helps with ADD/ADHD. No matter what I do, no matter how many million times I do the same exact thing, every single day, I make a list. It helps. Well, it helps me. :D Try it, if it doesn't work...well, it doesn't work. What's the worst that could happen?

Meghan Krane
Meghan Krane

so many projects that are partially completed, you are not alone.

MT Mama
MT Mama

On the plus side, you can use that calculator now!!

SourCandyFan
SourCandyFan

I'm thinking I need to come and visit you every once in awhile to take some of that unfinished stuff off of your hands. LOL! :-) Maybe now that you have less space, you'll collect less unfinished stuffs.

StacySnider
StacySnider

Nearly everyone I know has unfinished projects lying in sundry places around their homes/work. The question is: what to do with all those unfinished projects when you move? Do you take them with you with renewed enthusiasm about completing them? Do you throw them out because you know in your heart of hearts that you will never get to them? Do you figure out other ways that the supplies you have purchased over the years can be useful in other ways than originally intended, and then take them with you with renewed zeal about starting a new project in your new home? (I don't recommend that last, by the by, your new home is a project unto itself I just moved, so I'm speaking from recent personal experience here you do not need to start new projects!)

MeganDunlapJarrett
MeganDunlapJarrett

I have unfinished hobbies as well.  Watercolors.  Scrapbooking.  Baking whimsical treats.  Composing music.  

I had kids, so I say that's why I don't do those things any more.  In truth, I don't know why I don't.

Durante - Single Daddy Blog
Durante - Single Daddy Blog

I can't help but laugh, it seems all of my project are unfinished.  It's most difficult when there are so many things to do!  Then I end up just sitting back and spending time having fun with the kids, maybe someday I'll be able to focus my time 'better' but I'd rather have finished kids and unfinished projects than the other way around.

Cynthia Gergel
Cynthia Gergel

If you are a crafter, the number of unfinished projects grows exponentially!

Cynthia Gergel
Cynthia Gergel

If you are a crafter, the number of unfinished projects grows exponentially!

JoyelleBrandt
JoyelleBrandt

Ha Ha! You are not the only one. I just cleaned out my art closet to discover a million half finished projects. And that is only the art projects, don't even get me started on the contents of the garage. I am moving too, so I feel your pain!

sarahrank71506
sarahrank71506

There's so much stuff in my house that we have seven junk drawers in our kitchen, a basement full of junk, and all kinds of stuff in the garage. It's overwhelming to me so I just put things out of sight and deal them later. DH is famous for buying "cheap stuff" on sale at Menard's. Read: "it was free after rebate". Yep. And we needed it becasue why?

Amy Lee
Amy Lee

Ack! The worst part of moving for sure :)

Amy Lee
Amy Lee

Ack! The worst part of moving for sure :)

Jessica Mock
Jessica Mock

If you walk into my place you can see my unfinished projects propped against my living room wall. The two buckets of paint to paint my whole house, a stack of flooring and glue for the bathroom, a cedar chest I need to strip and redo, a bookshelf I'm going to redo, the foyer closet door I took down because it was sticking, some hooks chains and baskets for a hanging garden I never got to, cement and fortifier for leaf birdbaths, frames and a level for a wall I plan on hanging odd things on...... And that's just my one wall, nevermind what's stuffed in drawers, closets, the basement, and attic. *sigh* I'll get to it all one day.

Jessica Mock
Jessica Mock

If you walk into my place you can see my unfinished projects propped against my living room wall. The two buckets of paint to paint my whole house, a stack of flooring and glue for the bathroom, a cedar chest I need to strip and redo, a bookshelf I'm going to redo, the foyer closet door I took down because it was sticking, some hooks chains and baskets for a hanging garden I never got to, cement and fortifier for leaf birdbaths, frames and a level for a wall I plan on hanging odd things on...... And that's just my one wall, nevermind what's stuffed in drawers, closets, the basement, and attic. *sigh* I'll get to it all one day.

LisaFoister
LisaFoister

I have a project from 3 moves ago sitting in my garage.  I've now lost enough of the pieces that I think I'm just going to throw it all away and be done with it.  And a number of sewing projects just as old that, if I ever got around to them, would probably require me to buy a different size pattern than the one I have, as I weigh a good 25 pounds more than I did then.

My husband disassembled our dining room table when we moved into this house to turn it into a top for the counter between the kitchen & living room so we could eat there, since there is no room for a full-sized table.  (The counter doesn't have an overhang, so it wouldn't be comfortable to eat there as-is due to no knee room.)  This was two and a half years ago, we're still eating at a plastic folding table, and he's deployed, so not only is that not likely to ever get done, but now I haven't got a nice table for the next place we live either.

BrittanyABoone
BrittanyABoone

My husband and I both have lots of unfinished projects. The good news is that we keep each other on track, no new one's until all the old one are finished. The only problem is the projects that we start together, for some reason they seem to never get done. The dollhouse for our nieces so they won't be bored when they visit, the lawn ornament that we have to paint and sand that will later have our Alma Mater on it...... You get the point, but then our house is always crazy two people with ADHD and who are working on college 2nd and 3rd college degrees. 

StormyzMom
StormyzMom

Don't take the unfinished project to your NEW home!!!  Unfortunately hubby did exactly that and now we have lots of unpacking to do and a pile of unfinished projects to do something with.  Some items have 'disappeared" thanks to a super handyman who hates wasted junk.  And yes, hubby has ADD!

JenniferJennerVanderwoodsen
JenniferJennerVanderwoodsen

yes and Yes. I have projects like that all over and yes I have ADHD. Glad to know I'm not the only one. It makes me feel a tad bit better :)

Carol Blunden
Carol Blunden

I put them out in the garage so I don't have to look at them!

Amanda Muxlow Freeman
Amanda Muxlow Freeman

Single Dad Laughing, Deffinately lots of unfinished projects here! So many in fact, I don't think I'd even know where to start to begin to finish them! LOL! I've got rooms that need to be painted, sewing projects, organizing to be done. I'm sure the list goes on... lol

Cyndi Moore
Cyndi Moore

No. You're not the only one. I like to think about it this way...those of us who have unfinished projects are probably the ones who stop working on them when more important things (like our children!) need us. ;)

Cher
Cher

Yes,  Unless I also have ADHD.Mine is simple - the basement re-finishing project that I started 3 years ago while unemployed.  Made it 90% then was re-employed.  Framed a couple walls like below the stairs to make a closet then another around the laundry equipment to make a closet.  JUST need to paint!!!  Seriously, how hard is it to PAINT THE WALLS?  Oh, because stuff is in the way, I would have to move stuff out of the way to paint.  How hard is it to MOVE THE STUFF?  Well, you know, rather than moving it from place to place I should just get rid of it & minimize.   I don't really need it.  How hard is it to GET RID OF STUFF??  Oh, ya, that is hard.  Well, I could Freecycle it?  Noticing a trend here??  Yup, it's still not done.  Then there are the hooks for the wall of the pantry.  The motion sensor light for the hall closet to mount.  The Condensate Pump replacement for the furnace. The list is so long that I can't even write it down.  I can't, it's just... so... hard....  :-p {{Sigh}} - I have to get busy on these projects. tata for now.

JenEfur Chandler
JenEfur Chandler

It definitely IS good to know I am not the only one... :-)

Larry Dunbar
Larry Dunbar

Yes we do! We live in a house built in 1920 so it needed work.we redid the bathroom ourselves there is still one piece of molding missing that needs to go up and we bought new hardware for the tub, it's collecting dust under the sink .two years ago we hired a contractor to redo the kitchen...still one piece of mop board needs painted but hey it's behind the garbage can outta sight outta mind :-)

Lana Marie Hobbs
Lana Marie Hobbs

A huge box of saved up, unwearable jeans (I was gonna up cycle them) getting rid of them is freeing, no more pressure to do a project I have completely lost interest in.

Teri Karpe Miles
Teri Karpe Miles

My house is filled with unfinished projects - like my life. Probably the ADHD.