Recently I gave myself a gift. It's not a gift that I am accepting very easily. But, I am working on it. The gift was permission to ease up on myself. The realization that I can't do it all and especially the fact that I can't do it all at once.
In my mind I feel around 30 years old. Lots of energy and the whole "I can conquer the world" attitude. I am just now starting, and I mean starting to accept that I am not 30 years old. My body does not respond like I am 30 any more. What a crappy realization! LOL
Now don't get me wrong, I still have my days where I go whole hog and do a major from sun up to sun down running day. Just ignore everything else and go full blast working like I'm 30. The big difference? When I lay down at night pretty much every freaking thing hurts! And generally I am down for the count the next day!
Yup, I finally hit that realization point of my mind and body don't agree what age I am. Do you know the feeling?
Well, that was a lot of stuff to lead up to a simple repurposing post.
I guess the point is that the feeling of being overwhelmed when you think about all the stuff you really need to work on and get done can make you crazy. I will look at a room or an area and think, "Why isn't this cleaned from top to bottom and organized by now?" I have always been able to tackle a big job in a day with no problem. Now I look at that same job and think, "Holy cow this is going to take forever and I am really going to hurt when I'm done!"
And so what happens? I put it off.
Its a vicious circle. And one that can make all things feel impossible.
Have you ever felt this way?
So, how do you make it stop? Especially when you just feel tired. The whole overwhelmed feeling can really break you down and make you exhausted mentally and emotionally. And there feels like no escape from it all. And you just don't have the energy to do anything about it.
Baby steps. Yeah, I know....You have heard these two words over and over. Blah....blah....blah. The reality is, that really is the only way to start to break that cycle.
Pick one small area in your home to clean. I'm talking SMALL area. Like really wipe down your toaster so it nice and clean. Or scrub one faucet in your home until it sparkles. Or find one thing you really enjoy that would improve your surrounds in a small way. You love flowers? Go pick out a couple of plants and plant them in a pot to brighten up your yard or entrance to your home. Just one baby step at a time. Do this everyday. Make it as quick as a 15 minute project. That's it! The old saying Rome wasn't built in a day is so true.
Your surrounds did not get this way overnight. It took days, weeks or even years. And it will NOT be completely changed in a day or a week or months. But, one baby step has a tendency to lead to two baby steps the next day and so on.
A small baby step one day can make you smile. A smile can slowly lead into making you feel happy. Feeling happy makes you want and enjoy doing a little bit more the next day. And that is the cycle we want to be on!
One of many baby steps of mine lately was to make this bracelet organizer. It sounds goofy and little too simple huh? Nope, not at all. I really enjoy painting small projects like this. And making one small thing to help organize a little area of my home makes me happy.
And that is what it is all about! (Did anyone else just hear the Hokey Pokey song in their head? LOL).
On to my little project......
Yup, just a plain old coffee mug holder makes the best bracelet organizer!
If you are a crafter that uses paint often, I really recommend buying these "sample" cans from hardware stores when they go on sale for .99 cents. you can get any color that can be mixed and you get a lot more bang for your buck! So much better than buying small craft paint bottles. Not too mention, the coverage is better with one coat than the craft paint.
I used to see these mug trees everywhere at thrift stores and yard sales. Generally around .50 - $1.00. Of course w-once I started actually looking for an old one to redo, I couldn't find a single one! So, when I spotted them at Ollies for $2.49 I just went ahead and bought it new. Which is a seriously rare thing for me to do!
A quick coat of paint and it was done. Just let it dry overnight.
This was how I was storing my bracelets.
The next time I am at Ollies I am going to pick up 2 more. Another one for bracelets and one for watches. And yes I am an accessory addict! LOL I love fun jewelry and I never pay over $2.00 for any piece of jewelry including fun watches. I consider watches as fun and pretty accessories. I try to match my watch with my outfit.
So, there you have it, an easy & thrifty bracelet organizer. This is a redo anyone can do. So simple and it really keeps my bracelets from becoming clutter on a countertop or in a tray or container of some sort.
Baby steps my friends. It really is all about baby steps!
Right now I want you to think for a moment and find a very small area in your home that you can clean and completely finish in no more than 15 minutes. Or a small project that you would enjoy and would in a small way improve your surrounds. That's it. That is all I am asking of you today. I know you can do it and I know you will feel some small bit of joy from it.
And that will make ME smile!
Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I really do hope you have a wonderful day!!