Day 10 of the January Money Diet – Finish Something

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“There are two kinds of people, those who finish what they start and so on.” ~ Robert Byrne

We all seem to have them — those stalled projects we never quite get around to completing. What unfinished task could you wrap up this month? Perhaps it’s the last coat of paint on the trim in the bathroom, or the final rows on the blanket you were knitting, or the ending to the short story, or raking up the rest of the leaves.

My unfinished task is to hem two pairs of pants for my son that have been sitting on my sewing table for weeks, so I hereby resolve to get them both done this week. Think of the enormous satisfaction and sense of accomplishment we’ll all feel by finishing something this month.

Homework Assignment #10: Rescue a project from its current holding pattern this month. Leave a comment below and let us know what you’re going to finish. Here’s to your success!


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I’ll be giving away a gift basket chock-full of home and garden goodies plus several books at the end of the month. On January 31, 2013, I’ll draw one random name from everyone who commented during the month and that lucky person will win the gift basket. I hope you’ll stop by often this month and share your own ideas, thoughts and experiences.


About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is a full-time writer and the author of a dozen books about food and home design. She has been blogging about simplicity and sustainable living since 2006.

17 comments to Day 10 of the January Money Diet – Finish Something

  • Martha

    Finished a knit skirt for my daughter who just declared “it’s lovely.” I had a few ribbon to weave through the skirt and then sew ends. She’s going to wear it tomorrow!

  • Bobbie

    Today I plan to finish raking leaves from the backyard and shred some old financial paperwork that is no longer needed!

  • Brenda

    I am going to finish refinishing a small bedside table for my step great grandson.

  • Mariah O.

    Im going to finish making my kitchen curtains and a pocket organizer for the car.

  • Deborah Gore

    Planning on finishing some pillows that I started for the couch and touching up the woodwork and walls.

  • ElainieMay

    Good inspiration….floor board replacements coming up.

  • Liz Kurz

    My plan is to finish the bathroom. Over 2 years ago, we began remodeling and in that time, I got pregnant and had a baby. We finished the majority of the bathroom but it needs shoe molding, crown molding, a last coat of paint, and wall fixtures.

  • Belinda

    Back when my house was brimming with children, my sewing (and sometimes ironing) would sit unfinished in the basket until the child outgrew them!!! A little planned? Sad to admit, uh, yeah. I have a day off today and will finally finish weaving the ends of a blanket I am crocheting!

  • Carolyn

    Gotta sort some papers to mail – cluttering the desk for 2 months – won’t that feel good!??!?!

  • I will finish the crocheted wristers (fingerless gloves) I started last summer. I’m more than half-way there — what’s holding me up?

    I’m also going to finish reading the library books that I’ve renewed twice already. They’ve been on my nightstand since November!

  • I’m going to finish restoring two chairs I found out for trash, and in my down time work on completing a cross stitch I started last month.

  • Victoria S Andrews

    I am going to finish knotting the ends of a scarf I loomed for a friend for Christmas. I always hate this part but it is necessary for it to be completed. Thanks for the idea!

  • Dina

    I must admit… the further into the month I get the HARDER it is for me to stick to this! I struggle wanting to reward myself with a shopping spree 🙁

    • Dear Dina,

      Less than three weeks left! 🙂 But I really can relate to how you feel. Here’s what I do – start a list of everything I want to buy in February. Just writing it down seems to satisfy my inner shopper a bit. I’m pulling for you, and hope the sacrifices you’re making now have a positive effect on your financial future.

  • I’m going to sew a few shirts for my dad. They’ve been sitting for a few weeks waiting for repair!

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