I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of needing a plan and a purpose for our homes. If you’re like me, there are a lot of projects or updates to your home that you would love to complete. When it comes to updates, projects, even maintenance, it can feel overwhelming, trying to decide what to tackle first!
First off- Grab a notebook, walk your home room by room, and make a list of all the things you need or want to update and all the projects you’d love to complete in your home. I’ve done this in each home we’ve lived in and it’s great to have it all in one place. This will be a huge help with the overwhelmed feeling!
Once you’ve got your list of improvements and maintenance, it’s time to figure out what comes first. Always tackle the necessary projects first: Anything that has to do with safety or necessity, like a leak, has to come first. Then you can move to the next “tier” of projects. Here are the filters I use for both client projects, as well as my own personal home projects.
This is first and foremost in my book. I look to see what is not functioning well and adding chaos to our lives every time we encounter it. These are the projects that get moved to the top of my list. What can we get done with the budget and time we have that will improve our daily life? How is it working for us and how can I change it to make it better? These projects get moved to the top of my list!
2.) ORDER AND ORGANIZATION
I then look to anything I can tackle on my list that could be improved with a little order and organization. The Container Store, here I come! Life is too crazy to have a ton of junk and clutter everywhere. This type of project usually isn’t a huge financial investment, but can make a bit impact in your home.
3.) QUALITY OF LIFE
Hello backyard makeovers and home gyms of 2020! What can make your quality of life better with a project? For us, it’s our backyard so we can spend time out there relaxing and enjoying it in the warmer months, and will add an overall well-being and happiness to our lives.
4.) PRETTY THINGS
Last up, all the pretty things. Yes, they are the projects that are fun and typically fairly easy, however, what good is a pretty house if it’s not functioning and helping you live a better life? Add that pretty lamp or new throw pillows once you know you’ve got your major pain points addressed. Chances are, you’ve added pretty touches in steps 1-3, so this step is just the icing on the cake!
So get out those notebooks, make your project lists and figure out what comes first! It’s time to come up with a plan and a purpose for your home so you can love where you live!
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