7.00 I wake up fairly early. Jan is still sleeping, so I check our social media and get myself a quick dose of caffeine.
7.15 I’m already sat at the computer quickly answer a few emails and check my Filofax for today’s jobs. I do use a few digital tools to keep on top of things, but at heart I’m still a pen and paper kind of girl.
It’s a rather wet and miserable day here in Manchester so I decide to just stick to the indoor jobs for today. We still have a few outdoor things to do before winter, but they’ll just have to wait a while longer.
8.00 Jan has managed to drag himself out of bed and is already off to his scheduled meetings. My main jobs for today revolve around making some headway on our “Get Stuff Done” challenge. We’re guilty of often not completely finishing jobs and the challenge is our way of motivating ourselves to actually finish off those last little things that we so often ignore.
First on the list is painting the picture rail in our master bedroom.
We already added the last few pieces of it over the weekend, but now need to caulk the joints and give everything a final coat of paint. I already did some of the painting yesterday, so today’s job is to paint the last few patchy areas.
10.00 The second job on today’s list is to make some more progress stripping the door frame of our fourth bedroom. It’s the last one in our house that needs doing, but I’ve been putting it off – stripping and sanding really aren’t my favourite home improvement jobs. There’s still a bit more stripping and sanding left to do before I can paint the frame.
We know that the end result is always worth the hard work, but sometimes it doesn’t seem like it when the floor is covered in bits of stripped paint gunk and sawdust seems to be everywhere.
12.30 My tummy is rumbling and it’s time for a quick bite to eat. There’s almost nothing in the house, so I nip out to the local shops.
I have some fresh veggies and salad I picked up at the deli, while I check and answer some emails. I’m definitely one of those people who see their inbox as their to-do list. It’s really not a good way of going about things and I should know better.
13.30 I do a bit more sanding of the door frame. It’s really starting to take shape now and I think that I should be able to paint it around the end of the week. I still have one edge that I can’t reach, but I’ll have to remove the door to get to it, so I’d better wait till Jan get’s home to give me a hand.
14.00 The chimney sweep arrives to clean our flues in the living room and dining room. We always use the same guy who’s lovely, so I leave him to it, while I disappear into the office to start actually getting some blog work done. I have a few posts to prepare and finish off as well as a Halloween printable (you can see the finished printable here) that I’m preparing.
15.30 The chimney sweep has left (everything as always is cleaner than before he arrived) and I decide to quickly nip out to pick up some DIY supplies for our next project – painting the cellar floor. When I’m home I decide to paint a test area of the paint on the floor. I don’t want to paint everywhere only to find that the paint doesn’t work or that the floor still isn’t dry enough to paint!
17.00 Jan’s back from his day of meetings. I decide that I need a proper break and so we head off to a Body Pump class at the gym. It’s really not my favourite pastime, but I know I’ll feel better once I’ve done it.
19.00 My tummy is rumbling again. I really should have eaten before going to the gym, so we pick up a quick take away treat on the way home before curling up in front of the TV – I’m slightly over excited as it’s the Bake Off final. Jan couldn’t care less about watching people bake (he’d much rather be eating one of the cakes) and works on a few blog maintenance things.
21.00 I know that I should really at least one post completely finished, so get the computer out again. My mind still doesn’t seem to be working though, so I just respond to a few more emails and double check that tomorrow’s post where we’re sharing our newly painted dining room is scheduled and ready to go.
22.00 We’re both really tired (an hour at the gym may have something to do with it) and decide to head up to bed for an earlyish night.
What does your typical day look like?