Sometimes done is better than perfect. I get caught up in the latter and get so overwhelmed by the time necessary for perfect, the skills or supplies, the money, the brain and emotional drain of thinking all of the steps through and the whole big to-do list that well, I start doing other things that don't take as much from me.
Realizing that, I am trying to engage with my lists and piles for my current life. I like to keep some items on hand to have "just in case" or for that time you "absolutely knew you would use it and AH HA!, here it is!"...only months or years later. Right NOW, we do not have a lot of storage space. As we put away our collective things in a shared household, I am trying to purge a bit and get rid of those items. A lot of those items happen to be pieces of projects I have bumbling around my head but are light years from me realistically even approaching them.
Sure I would like to keep some of this "stuff" but right now, I do not need it and cannot possibly do the project in mind. I put some bits in the box for Goodwill, some bits back in a project pile, alone of those piles in containers or baskets just to keep them out of sight until their tube comes, and some bits for, well, thrown into the trash. It is best for me to go ahead and take those bags (usually smaller grocery size in case a large one is not filled yet) to the dumpster to avoid rethinking the disposal and putting them back in a room. I talk to myself and say, "Self, you do not need/cannot possibly do this right now or in the near future." Self, you're right. And we breathe a sigh of relief together, me and myself.
I have been wanting to shorten our shower curtains for months. Every other curtain that has been on these rods was fine, but both bathrooms' new curtains were extremely long. My mind said I should get out there sewing machine but seeing as I could barely walk into that room because of the projects and pulled and stuff to be sorted and unpacked, that wasn't happening. Plus, I'd have to set it up, figure out where the thread and needles were, and refresh my memory on threading the machine. I decided that done would be better than ideal is perfect and found my adhesive hem bonding tape. Last Sunday, I "hemmed" two shower curtains and a liner in the time it would have taken me just to set the machine up and thread it. Can you see the large cuff of extra fabric? If you bend down and flip it over. Do you care? I doubt it. I do but I'm choosing to enjoy curtains that aren't gathered on the floor rather than sewn hems.
I crossed some tasks of my list and then took some time to take a hot bath and read a magazine. Letting go of perfect is worth the time to relax. Taking care of me. That's big in my goals did the year. Choosing done over perfect is a major avenue to achieving this.