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Fixing all the little broken things

June 28th, 2016 at 05:24 pm

One of my friends once described all the little not quite working or broken things around her house as 'death by a thousand cuts.'

Now that I'm home even more over summer vacation, I realize I too am suffering from hundreds of little frustrations around the house.

There are a million little things that are broken or wobbly or not quite right and we just never bothered to fix them because it wasn't an emergency or we were too busy.

I've started fixing them all, one by one, vowing to do one or two a week, until this place is running much more smoothly. The best part is, most of the repairs take time, but not a lot of money, so it's helping me stick to my summer budget.

Here's my list so far....

-I fixed the broken shower door. It was stuck on the track instead of running through the track, and it'd been like that for at least six months. It took a measly five minutes to fix.

-I replaced a broken hinge on the cabinet door.

-I replaced the broken dimmer switch in the dining room. It's soooo much better. Why did I wait so long????

-I unclogged the drain in the master bathroom sink. It's super slow, and has been forever.

-I cleaned the grout (mostly) in the master shower. I'm open to tips on a product that actually can get grout clean!

-I killed the weeds in the front patio (with boiling water. eco conscious and cheap), and refilled the brick spaces with sand.

-I propped up a sagging section of brick out front by putting sand and gravel underneath. Finally!

-I finally called the windshield company and scheduled the replacement of our cracked windshield. They're coming Thursday and it cost about half what I thought it would (only $200!)

-I took all my empty garden plastic pots to Lowe's. They recycle them for free. With a big garden, I had hundreds of these things sitting around.

-I took three carloads to GoodWill, hence clearing out the boxes in my basement office I've been tripping over forever.

-I'm dropping off a bunch of toy trucks and truck videos to a friend with a younger son today. Our kids are too old, hers will really appreciate them.

-I started cutting down the invasive honeysuckle on our property. I'm going one section at a time, trying to fill up one garbage can a week so the city can come by and compost it.

Oh my gosh. It feels better already....

Does this happen to you, too? Or am I just really bad at being a homeowner??

6 Responses to “Fixing all the little broken things”

  1. klarose Says:

    Same story at my house! Last night we put new plumbers tape on a leak faucet. There are a ton of little things that need fixed that we constantly just turn a blind eye to. Then once I fix them I'm like, "why didn't I do this earlier!?"

    It's hard to start a project, but I find once you actually take the time to do it they usually go pretty quick.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    Well I do procrastinate on little things sometimes, but you are right that so many of them can be done quickly if we just put the time in.

  3. rob62521 Says:

    You are amazing! But like you, I wait and wait and then when I get stuff done, it feels like a great accomplishment and wonder why I didn't do it sooner.

  4. snafu Says:

    Recommend an inexpensive, hand held steamer to clean grout in shower/tub. Usually fill a spray bottle with tablespoon of Oxy Clean powder or Bar Keeper's Friend + water to spray the bad bits first. Dumping a Tablespoon of baking soda in drains followed by 2 T vinegar [bubbles] followed by 2 cups really hot/boiling water clears most drains of built up guck. We do that bit of preventive maintenance near the end of June and just before visitors in December every year to keep drains from clogging. If you've ever had to use one of those auger type devices...it's so repulsive, b/soda and vinegar seems pleasant.

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    A steam cleaner??? That never occurred to me, but after some research, people say it works!

  6. livingalmostlarge Says:

    That is what being a homeowner is. Thrift, what city are you in? Can you email me if you aren't up for sharing online.

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