Too Many Projects, Too Little Time

Procrastinator. P-R-O-C-R-A-S-T-I-N-A-T-O-R. I can barely spell it, but I am one indeed. In fact, I’m procrastinating writing my procrastinator post by seeing how many times I can type a variation on the word procrastinate in one paragraph. The answer is five.

Then, Melissa issued a call to paint brushes, a procrastinator party of sorts where we share the projects we’ve been ignoring and then come back two weeks later and share our shiny, happy completed projects. I broke into a cold sweat and tried to ignore her. Although I do plenty of projects every week (every day, even!), I have a list a mile long and couldn’t even narrow it down to what I’d like to work on next. Wouldn’t I rather just make another wreath and call it a day?

But then, I realized that I need to make some changes that will do more for my home (and enjoyment level) than another stupid wreath (and also, Melissa kept talking about it and I got sucked in).

Which project should I choose? How about this area of my bedroom that currently houses Mr. Ugly-But-Comfy-La-Z-Boy Recliner, a dog bed, and the top of a decorator table that’s legs were eaten by said dog:

Or, I could recover the cushion on this chair to match my new window treatments in my craft room:

I could address my “Secret Shame”, my bookcases/dresser/TV/shelf combination that is my current collector of random, well, crap:

Note: I am a GENIUS who pushed our 2 old bookcases up to our old dresser and put a shelf on top to create a faux entertainment center in our bedroom. Much work needs to be done (painting anyone?), but I am very smug about how GENIUS this is going to be.

At the end of the day, the lofted playroom won my attention.

My son is so stinkin’ lucky to have such a great playroom! The thing is, he hardly ever uses it. My craft room is right off of the playroom, but I hardly ever use it. Why?

1. There is a total lack of adult seating in the playroom and Zack refuses to be more than 5 feet from me at all times. There was a couch in there, but in an only-in-Lindsay-land moment, my cat peed on it, I washed the cushions and left them on the back patio to dry, and my dog ate them while I was running errands. I found him in a pile of white, fluffy down in my backyard. I was so furious that I’ll I could do was laugh.

So, now we only have those adorable kid-sized club chairs, which Zack never even uses.

2. The lack of a window treatment makes it really warm in that room in the middle of the day.

And also? The view. Not long ago, that window looked over acres of former farm land. Now, we have this lovely sight:

At least I can let the new neighbors know if they have any hail damage on their roof, right?

3. There is a TV/DVR/cable box in the armoire, but I haven’t figured out how to hook up all three devices at once. So, we either watch Bolt or Cars or Wall-E or nothing at all.

There is so much (SO MUCH!) I need to do in this room, but I have decided that I will (try to) tackle three projects:

Project #1Window Treatments. I’m thinking I’ll do sheers in the center and a solid color panel on either side. I’ll find some fabric that I love to make a valence and then do a coordinating fabric on the bottom of the solid color panels. And of course, I’ll add some trim.

Project #2Armoire. DH I will figure out how to hook up my entertainment trifecta. I would also like to paint the armoire another color entirely, but I’m not sure if that is going to happen in the next two weeks. At the very least, I’m going to cover the panel inserts on the door with the same coordinating fabric I’ll be using on the window treatments.

Project #3Adult Seating. I DH will move Mr. Ugly-But-Comfy-La-Z-Boy Recliner upstairs. It kind of kills two birds with one stone – I get him out of my bedroom and have a place to sit in the playroom. Maybe I could come up with some way to dress him up? Suggestions?

What are your thoughts? Do you see something I should pay more attention to other than these three projects? And do you think I can do it all, or in true procrastinator style, will I put it all off until the last minute?

Filed Under: Real Life with Lindsay

About Lindsay Ballard

Lindsay Ballard is a former college mascot turned political geek turned DIY fanatic who is conspiring to live in a Technicolor dream world. Her designs are bold and graphic, while her spirit is fun and full of color. Lindsay chronicles her projects and design ideas here at Makely, where she shares daily tutorials and inspiration. Lindsay lives outside of Austin, Texas with her husband (Tom), children (Zack and Emma) and dogs (Jack and Duke).


  1. New to your blog…. but your style (ie: shots of the neighbors roof)… totally reminded me of something I would put out there. So I know I like you already. Paint that armoire for sure. You’re totally on the right track with the BIG 3!!!!

  2. Find a colorful pillow and blanket and throw it on the big comfy chair, can’t wait to see the window treatment.

  3. You have a blank slate just like me! I know you will do great things!

  4. Um, yes, big project. But you can do it! Can’t wait to see the outcome.

  5. Oh it will be fun! I’m waiting on two things to come in the mail that will finish up our loft/play room. Check out Centsational Girl’s web site and her play/kid/adult area. It is super cool.

  6. I just joined the party too! I NEED to get lots of projects done, but I settled on one :)

  7. OH MY! I am pumped about your projects. These will be SO SO FUN!!! Thanks for joining in (even though I had to practically drag you) :-) You will be so glad you did once these projects are done!


  8. Please tell me you’re not tackling all these projects at once…if you do, I’ll be so reminded of how much of a slacker I AM.

  9. Mrs. Querido says:

    Wow. You make me tired just reading about all your projects! :)

    I am truly procrastinating to the nth degree…I’m not even participating in the party…lol!

    Good luck on your projects!

  10. Girl, your defintely right! Soooo… little time. My head is full of projects. You are a homey mum am a full time career woman— arrrggh!!! Anyhow, am enjoying life although it's like a wheel.

    Now, am home from a surgery & this make me more sick looking all my projects undone.

    Have a happy day & GO GIRL!!! we can do it!

    Sucks! to know that your view isn't the greeny now…


  11. Jill -Forever and Ever House says:

    That entertainment unit IS pure genius. I am soooooo going to add that to my list of things I find in blogworld that I want to copy!!

  12. twinklescrapbooks@yes! that's my child screaming! says:

    I love the re-covered chair. That playroom looks super tidy! You should see ours…a “tornado” hit it!
    :) tina

  13. Good luck!! We all can keep encouraging each other and I bet we can GET IT DONE!!

    What a great space you have there!!


  14. I can’t wait to see! I am 30 and totally jealous of that playroom :)

  15. Been following your blog for a little while, my wonderful DH is a procrastinator. I’m not, the best way for us to live in a happy home and for me to get him to do things I need done is I made a list for him. I would pick two things that needed to get done that month and it was easy for him to get those items done for me. If it’s hard for you to choose have your DH choose for you that way you have someone to make you accountable for it. All my neighbors think DH is a great worker they just don’t know who’s behind it.

  16. What a great project this is! Isn’t this a great idea – it’s just what I needed to get me started!


  17. love love that armoire. When I saw it- i thought WOW that would be awesome painted black or a creamy off white. very nice game room too- we have one about that size and you cant even see the floor because of all the toys! Cant wait to see all your projects.

  18. I say go ahead and start with the little chair and work your way up- I’m sure they all will be lovely-
    Good luck

  19. Great projects – can’t wait to see the finished play room.

  20. Looks like you have some great projects ahead of you!

  21. The Professional Family Manager says:

    I’m certainly a member of the procrastinator’s club! I love all your project ideas! I have an entire 140-year-old fixer-upper as well as furniture to fix, gardens to tend to…sometimes it’s so hard to figure out where to start that I don’t start at all.

  22. What a great loft, can’t wait to see what you do! I have that exact same recliner in my room ! :) I don’t think there’s ANY chance that mine is going anywhere, though. I put a nice throw pillow and throw blanket on it, so it looks better! Have fun.

  23. Great play loft. I’m sure any or all of those projects will make that great space even better.

  24. Sounds like a good plan…we’re here for you…you can do it!


  25. Not to bad. We have so many unfinished projects in our house..2 bathrooms and a kitchen for example.

    Your um entertainment center cracks me up…
    Yes you need some kind of adult seating in that loft.
    Call me sometime and you can speak to Mike about connecting all three of those devices together…

  26. I belong to your club. My biggest problem is being afraid to do what I have envisioned and it turning out awful or less than I expected – or even worse change my mind -lol. I’m anxious to see your finished projects. I bet once you start working you’ll get inspired to finish it……Jo

  27. All I can say, is that I have never ever seen a play room so clean. I would take that any day. Laughing at your great view. Yes, that would be a bummer. :)

  28. Anonymous says:

    I have nothing what-so-ever to say regarding your post but I just wanted to say I think you are doing such an awesome job with your blog and I hope to see you soon, ’cause I miss you!!!

    ~ Zoe

  29. You can do it! The window treatment sounds great and I bet you will get more crafting done with a tv in that playroom. Great babysitter for a few hours. LOL!

  30. What a lucky kid! Great room. It will be fun to see what you choose to do and how it all comes out.

  31. I'm feeling it too. No time! I want to do and have ideas for a thousand projects and have no time. OK so where do we go from here? LOL Love your blog even if I don't have time to look all the time! LOL! Too many projects and not enough me time!

  32. I really like your window treatment in the bedroom. How did you you do the shades?

    • Thanks! Those aren’t actually shades – they are just widths of fabric I put trim on and tacked up on my wall with upholstery tacks. :)