It's the weekend before Thanksgiving. In true American tradition, we've got the day off, so we're rolling up our sleeves and finishing up a few chores around the house. There's the pile of wood scraps that needs to go to the recycler; the hot pink paint job that seemed like a really good idea six months ago; the door that's missing a knob. Oh... and did we mention the leaves?
Here are a few tips for handling your weekend chores:
• Those experienced with DIY projects keep two lists: a "To Do" List and a "Done" list. It's a great way to keep from feeling overwhelmed. • Very little actually needs to go in the trash. Scrap wood, for example, can be recycled; paint, donated or reused; unwanted furniture, sold or given away. Check out local resources like Craigslist and NYC Stuff Exchange for ways to avoid the dump. • A little bit of liquid refreshment can keep you going through real drudgery. It's raining and cold here, so we're about to put a big pot of apple cider on the stove. (Gentle reminder, kind readers: rum, ladders, and power tools—and combinations thereof—don't mix.) What are your goals for the weekend?