Last Updated on January 13, 2012 by Kristi Linauer
If you’re a DIYer, you more than likely have at least one DIY procrastination story, right? (I’m hoping you answered “yes”, and that I’m not alone here!!) Perhaps it was something that you built up in your mind to be a much bigger deal (and much more difficult) that it actually is, so you put it off far too long, only to realize that the solution was quick and simple?
Well, after my last DIY procrastination situation, I’ve decided to add “stop procrastinating” to my list of New Year’s resolutions. I’ve always been a procrastinator, but what happened two days ago proved to me that this behavior simply doesn’t pay. Here’s what happened…
Two days ago, I was talking to Matt, lamenting about how I feel like I’ll just never be one of those people who (seemingly effortlessly) maintains a clean and organized home. I mean, I’ve shown you how out of control things can get around here.
I know…it’s shameful. But my tiny kitchen just always seems to eat up my time! I told Matt that I feel like I spend all of my time washing dishes. By the time I finish the dishes, and then get everything else put away, my time has been eaten up, leaving very little time for me to concentrate on other rooms.
After I finished my pity party, I waited for Matt’s response, expecting a flood of sympathy coming my way. Instead, he looked at me with a puzzled look on his face, and asked, “Kristi, why are you washing dishes by hand? We have a dishwasher. Why aren’t you using it?”
Oh dear. The dishwasher. Why wasn’t I using it?! The truth is that when I installed my butcherblock countertops and new single bowl sink, I had to do a bit of rerouting on the plumbing (since we used to have a double bowl sink), and I got rid of the dedicated drain pipe for the dishwasher. Not to worry…garbage disposals have a spout on the side of them where you plug in the dishwasher drain tube.
The problem? The rubber seal on the end of my drain tube didn’t fit the spout on my garbage disposal. I needed an adapter to make it fit. And for some reason, every single time I would go to Home Depot, I would completely forget to look for an adapter. For some reason, it just never made it onto my list of things I needed to buy.
So I washed dishes by hand. Then washing dishes by hand became a habit. After so long, it didn’t even seem strange to me anymore that I had a dishwasher that I wasn’t using. It didn’t even dawn on me that this wasn’t exactly normal. That is, it didn’t seem strange to me until Matt asked the question.
So off to Home Depot I went to purchase the less-than-ten-dollar adapter kit,
Then I came home an installed it in five minutes. Five minutes.
And the most unbelievable part of this story? I installed my countertops and new sink in December of 2009. That’s two years. TWO YEARS! I’ve been washing dishes by hand (and wasting precious time) for two years because I procrastinated on a DIY project that cost less than $10 and took less than five minutes.
Indeed, procrastination doesn’t pay.
Please tell me you’ve done something just as ridiculous, and I’m not alone in my DIY procrastination.
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