Remember time claustrophobia?
I have a new claustrophobia to add to the canon: the weight of the mostly undocumented, and thus theoretically endless, list of tasks to be completed around the house. Not the “install a new septic system” or “get the roof replaced” list, the “fix the wobbly step” or “touch up the paint in the bedroom list.”
I had cause to quickly commit my personal list, for 100 Prince Street, to paper this weekend, and here’s what I came up with:
- Front vestibule screen door doesn’t close properly. Best case scenario it can be straightened so that it does; fallback position is to replace it.
- Main front door needs weatherproofing: I’d had weatherstripping in place previously, but had to remove this as it made the door too difficult for Oliver to close and lock. As it stands it’s very drafty and seems like low-hanging fruit for cutting down on heat loss.
- In the upstairs hallway an old stove pipe that was plastered over has emerged through the plaster, leaving the wall in need of repair and painting.
- At the top of the stairs there’s loose/squeaky stair that I’ve been meaning to have addressed for 20 years.
- When we had our bathroom renovated 20 years ago, there was never a door sill installed between the bathroom and the hall, leaving bare plywood. It would be nice to have something there.
- When we first moved into our house we ripped up blue shag carpet that covered the entire house. We only partially replaced the quarter-round that came out with it, and it would be nice to have this replaced now. There are two upstairs bedrooms and the upstairs hall without it.
I was pleasantly surprised to find the list only has 6 items on it. And, to be honest, if the upstairs bedrooms went without quarter-round for the rest of my life, I wouldn’t lose a lot of sleep.
With the exception of the screen door, which I think needs the skills of a professional, I think I can probably take on the rest of the list myself over the winter.
With the list committed to paper, its claustrophobic powers are much reduced.