6.12.2012

Party barn...


Honestly, when I look at our barn, I feel overwhelmed and frustrated. The building isn't functional in its current state; the roof leaks, the back is a complete mess, every single window is broken, and it's full of trash. We do have big plans, but instead of working on the barn, I've been avoiding it and wishing for some kind of barn fairy godmother. Last night, rather than rest on our laurels any longer, PRH started really cleaning it out. Guilted into working, I cut down weeds around the building and kept repeating this simple mantra: "Party Barn! Studios! Party Barn!". It's seems to be helping.

Our goal is to replace the roof before Fall because there's no way this roof will survive another Winter...


All of the windows also need to be replaced, preferably before Winter...


I need to keep reminding myself of this plan and move forward, right? How do you motivate yourself when you'd rather avoid something?

22 comments:

Katie said...

That is one amazing barn! I would totally get stuck in there with you if I could. How exciting!

Amy said...

Ok. This might not be so psychologically healthy, but when there is something I need to do but I'm avoiding it because the process to get from where it is to where I want it to end up is so overwhelming...

I lie to myself and tell myself I'm doing something else while working on the earliest steps.

Example: if I were working on cleaning out your barn, I'd tell myself that I'm not cleaning it out, so much as I'm looking for some piece of treasure. Then everything I cleared out would be a new possibility for finding some treasure bit of an old metal lock or a hand-forged spike (yes! I found exactly that when doing something similar at our new house earlier this spring).

If I can find a way to transform the early steps' tasks into other tasks, then I can build up some momentum on the project until it no longer feels overwhelming, but feels more like process. For me, it just takes that initial little lie to myself to get over the start and then the overwhelmed feeling dissipates.

chiara said...

you're doing the right thing! thinking about how awesome it's going to be - and how in a little while, you will be able to think to yourself, remember when I was so overwhelmed and frustrated?! your current pain will be a distant memory!

curlygirlpress said...

Hi, my name is Jamie, and I'm a procrastinator...especially if it's something I don't want to deal with. I think you're doing all you can - take it a step at a time and keep your eye on the goal. Have a barn-cleaning party! Provide the beer/wine and BBQ in exchange for some muck-out help. Or burn it down and start over. Good luck! = )

How2home said...

although its a lot of work...but honestly i can see SO MUCH potential in this barn, weddings, parties, workshops. One step at a time! Do you have a plan on when you're going to finish? Set a deadline ;)

amy h said...

I just did something I'd been avoiding -- ordering 4 tons of gravel to spread on paths I've been digging all spring throughout our yard. It's been a lot of digging, and I wasn't looking forward to hauling 8,000 pounds of gravel. But I sucked it up and called today -- it will be here this afternoon. I don't know how to get the motivation though (and your project is much larger than mine!). My motivation was July/August in Kansas -- it is SO hot, I can't work outside then, so it's now or never. It sounds like weather is a motivator for you, too!

Cheryl Cochran said...

I'm going through the same thing right now. Our house is one daunting project after the next...but I find that once a little bit of something gets done, and I can see a change for the good, it really motivates me to finish it.

leFiligree said...

oh dear, that does look like a behemoth! we used to have building parties and invite our friends for a work day (build a deck! remove a chimney! erect a shop! roof the shop!) it made the nasty stuff so much more do-able. all i did was cook up a storm, buy the booze, and get the fire pit going.

Karen said...

You have a BIG project on your hands! One way to tackle it is to chunk it out. First we'll clean out this corner, next we'll remove some weeds, now we'll get a quote for the roof, etc. The expression "Anyone can eat an elephant one bite at a time" holds true with this project.

Dana said...

I find the tiniest possible portion of the project that I can complete, and I start with that. Having "finished something" makes it all seem less overwhelming and gives me the motivation to move on to the next step.

mooi hoor... said...

oh dear. I know how you feel. We have a similar barn. And a similar attic. And a similar veranda. The only thing that keeps me from freaking out, is the "One-Step-At-A-Time" mantra. If the beams are all right, I'd say: Clean the stuff out and go for the roof first. The rest will come next year...;)...Good luck!

Abby said...

You gotta play awesome music or an episode of "This American Life" while you work, it's the only way I can force myself to stuff I hate, like paint trim.
Also I have to share, I was determined to get married in the barn on our family farm, but my grandfather was a total packrat and it took my parents and husband and I quite a while to get it wedding ready, but we got there, and it totally is a party barn, I've since hosted a baby shower there and it's a great space for hanging out. Way less finished than yours will be, but we still love it :).
Here's a link to the wedding photos, maybe it will help motivate you some?
http://www.alisonconklin.com/blog.cfm?postID=370

Aesthetic Outburst... said...

You all are the sweetest! Just reading your comments is making me feel more motivated. Thank YOU!

Abby- your wedding photos are so lovely. You and your husband make one gorgeous couple. Wow! That truck is my dream truck.

xo,
Abbey

emilysmithpearce said...

Wow! That does look overwhelming. I have to break overwhelming tasks into much smaller pieces that don't scare me. And play dance music. And maybe just put my mind on something else, if I can. Rewarding yourself often helps, too. We are just about to move, so I'll be having to do all those things to get through it. Good luck and can't wait to see the pictures.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Is it even worth saving? I'd just burn it and start over.

Harumi said...

I have always loved the aesthetic of decay...look at that amazing color!

Good luck with your project!

Anonymous said...

You can certainly get it done by breaking it into manageable pieces and admitting that some of it will have to be done by the pros. There have also got to be some HS lads about, now that it is summer, who would like to earn a bit by cleaning out the barn.

Also, there are a lot of "g+2 rec. this to google" tags on your blog. Any way to get rid of them. They are on many photos.

Anonymous said...

Just do it. One thing at a time- each dump load is a victory. each cut piece of glass. No biggie- just little pieces till HOLY C-AP time to PARTY in this here black barn!

inaina said...

how about a nice barn quilt?
http://freecabinporn.com/post/25090053431/pleasuredomevintage-barn-quilts-are-large-scale

Alea said...

I was amazed to see that your barn has the exact same light red/dark red that ours does. It must be "old barn fade". I am excited to watch your progress to see how it goes. We luckily have a metal roof already. I can't imagine making the inside someplace I'd want to hang out. I would, like you, have no idea where to start.

Paulette said...

If there's one thing I've learned about you and PRH is that you've got vision and gumption and know-how in spades! I know this barn is going to be gorgeous...even if it does take another day or two or week or month for you to get around to it...

Anonymous said...

How do you eat an elephant? One spoonful at a time! This is my mantra when taking on a seemingly impossible job...

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