I am the type of person who likes to be thorough. I like to complete tasks. I like to put a tick in that box and feel a nice sense of satisfaction. Not completing a task feels like……like failure? Like I’ve let myself and everyone else down? It feels like being a Quitter, and I like to think I am No Quitter. I have a lot of projects on the go, and a lot of ideas spilling out of my head. I’ve learnt to accept that sometimes my ideas will stay in a notebook and never see the light of day – because there are only so many hours of light in a day. Sometimes a project involves a piece of furniture or something large, and if that project isn’t actioned immediately it it will sit around in a great cluttery heap, as if I’ve dragged the entire street’s worth of hard rubbish into my house. We don’t have a workshop and my shoe box sized house cannot store that much curb shopping!

So, years ago, my parents bought an ugly green striped couch, two actually. You know the ones, from a place that sounds like Lametastic Furniture? Somehow I ended up with the sofa bed couch, and have dragged it around the country with me from house to house. I hate this couch, I thought it was ugly the day it was delivered to my parents house, and familiarity only bred contempt. Why did I keep it all these years? Because it was a sofa bed, and even better; an uncomfortable sofa bed. We where able to accommodate guests but none of them wanted to stay too long because the bed was so uncomfortable. It was perfect! But it was still ugly. So I devised a stylish cunning plan.

The plan was to transform the sofa bed into a sofa ottoman, that would be the size of a single bed, be beautifully upholstered, and be on industrial style wheels. It could function as a single bed if needed. It was going to be awesome. I got to stage 5 on the plan, and man was it cathartic ripping that eyesore of a couch apart. The plan worked very well, but I needed about $1000 worth of supplies to see the project to completion, and that is where it stalled. I didn’t feel we had a spare $1000 and if we ever did experience a small windfall, it went on other things that where more important than that ugly couch. So the ugly, pulled apart couch sat there for a few years and became a weight on my conscience. Every time I looked at it I would think I really must finish that couch, that ugly couch is so ugly, why can’t we have nice things? The one persistent house guest we have found it so uncomfortable she bought her own single bed and installed it over the top of the ugly couch, so it wasn’t even needed anymore. But it still lurked there, under the bed, in all it’s unfinished ugliness.

Eventually, the house kind of flooded a bit from the excessive rain we had from Cyclone Marcia, and the chipboard sides of the couch became so water damaged it couldn’t be fixed. Mr BC hauled it off to the tip. I am relieved it’s gone, but I still feel a sense of regret, and incompletion, and lack of closure. It’s only an ugly old couch, well past it’s prime; but I did not get to tick that box, even after putting up with it hanging around for so long. Also I’m a bit resentful about the single bed because it is absolutely ugly; I think it came from a place called Home Fart.

Should I have just gotten rid of the couch years ago, said enough is enough and cut my losses? Should I have just found $1000 to complete it? Should I just pick my projects and not take on too much? I definitely think it is time to move on. I’ve still got lots of projects to get on with. Do you have a lot of unfinished projects? When do you decide enough is enough? Is it hard to say good bye for you too?


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8 thoughts on “Saying goodbye to an unfinished project.

  • 03/16/2015 at 5:03 AM

    I had a couple of projects that moved with us (we've moved 22 times) but our garage was flooded the move before last and a lot of projects and items I was keeping just in case in storage ended up ruined. There was no choice but to throw. I think about the cost involved in shipping and storing those just in case projects, not to mention the energy involved. I also look at both our father's sheds that are bursting at the seems but when they do actually find they might need something it's so disorganised they don't end up finding what they need and go out and purchase new.

    I think you did the right thing throwing the couch out. I wouldn't have been able to spend any large amounts on something that was so uncomfortable and a lot of hard work.

    I'm full of crazy ideas at the moment. A lot of them blogging related but I'm starting to appreciate that I just can't pull all of them off.

    • 03/16/2015 at 11:58 PM

      I try not to think of the cost and energy involved in moving, it gives me a headache! We've also moved a lot, and this heavy couch came interstate with us. I think it would have been a beautiful, useful piece of furniture, and that is what I'm sad about: what could have been. Oh, well. Onwards to new furniture adventures, eh? xx

  • 03/16/2015 at 6:26 AM

    I think it's better to cut your losses sometimes, particularly if a project is too big, or beyond your skill or if you're not passionate about it. Hubby had scrounged a Lazyboy chair that he meant to fix the electric mechanism on… a few years later it was still not done and I was sick of it taking up space. Off to the tip it went!

    • 03/17/2015 at 12:01 AM

      Oh my goodness you threw out a Lazy Boy? I'm clutching my pearls! You are more ruthless than me. I always think if I had the space and the money I could restore anything, but I guess the reality is that I don't have the resources to do everything. It's a hard lesson to learn! xx

  • 03/17/2015 at 11:53 AM

    Hi Mrs BC, I'm pretty sure we had a very similar sofa bed to that when our kids where little. Like you was given to us by my parents when they where sick of it. My best use for it was an inside trampoline for our little ones. Great for cold winter days when their full of energy and couldn't go outside because it was freezing. When we put it out for the council clean up eventually someone grabbed it. We had excellent use of it, wonder how comfy it was after the bounce had been taken out of it? Ox.

    • 03/24/2015 at 4:04 AM

      It sounds like it had a good life! I'm sure it was as comfy as this one was as it went to the tip!

    • 03/24/2015 at 4:05 AM

      Lol! It would have been so cool. Super stylish. xx

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