You always learn something when you try new things.
Sometimes you learn the hard way.
As I was taking my wood stove apart anyway to repair it, I thought it would be a good idea to sweep the chimney at the same time. I borrowed some rods from a neighbour, put on old clothes, put a dust sheet down and swept the chimney.
Never having done it before, I had no idea how far minuscule particles of soot travel...
A long way. Although most of was contained in the stove and a small amount on the dust sheet, every single exposed horizontal surface in the living room is now covered in a fine layer of black soot. Pieces of paper, soft furnishings, lamps, pens, pencils, books, blinds, phone, cables, computer... You get the picture.
As someone who nearly always thinks things through beforehand I feel very silly. And I don't like cleaning!
I do feel virtuous though for having swept the chimney, and pleased to be able to fix the stove myself. And I did learn new things. Mainly to do it differently next time!
(I also learnt (beforehand fortunately - thank you YouTube) to always turn the rods in a clockwise direction when sweeping so that the brush doesn't come unscrewed and get stuck in the chimney! Just a tip...)
What have you done that you wished you'd thought through more before you started?