After we take down the Christmas decorations every year, I get so overwhelmed thinking of all the home projects that need to be done. Some of these things are simple, and others more involved. At this point, I typically write a long list of all the things we need to do around the house, and resolve to get them done in the coming year. I have proof of this on my phone, where I write these lists down. The sad part of this story is that every year, I end up having very little to show for it though. Am I the only one with this problem? Probably.
What ends up happening is that my motivation starts strong, doing a couple of things right out of the gate. And then somehow, at the end of the year, I am looking around, and most of the projects remain uncompleted. We still have no table surfaces in the living room, the kitchen rugs still need to be replaced, the hole in my office ceiling still has wires coming out of it (just to name a few of the many lingering items). I blame it on attention-deficit, combined with an overload of ideas followed by lack of action. Not this year though…home projects, watch out! I have a new plan for 2016.
Of all the things I have learned recently, the lessons learned in THIS book have really taught me to rely on strategies versus willpower when trying to do something differently than before.
My new strategy involves breaking up our home projects by space. Each month will be assigned a room. At the beginning of the month, I will create a list of what needs to be done or purchased for that space. It’s important to have a plan. I can ONLY work on that room for that month. After that I have to move on. No going back. That will help create urgency and will null the idea that I can get to it later. Will I do it all? I’m guessing sometimes I will, and other times I won’t. What happens when I don’t? Nothing, other than time is up and now I can’t come back to it. This will also help address budget. It will help spread the expenses, and force me to be realistic to what can actually be done in one month instead of being stuck in my fantasies of what I could do. That brings me to my next strategy: accountability. How to make sure this plan works.
This blog will serve as my accountability. At the beginning of each month I will quickly share the room we are going to work on, with a list of things we would like to accomplish. At the end of the month, I will report back here with photos of the space. I also know myself well enough that this will be a major motivation for getting my act in gear.
Without further ado, below is the list of areas of focus for our home projects and refreshes in the coming year. I am starting with the boys’ rooms because Santa gave us a little head start in there getting the boys new bedspreads. He’s so thoughtful 🙂 Some may involve painting, some will just be fixing broken things and some may just involve replacing worn out pieces. It may not be a full-blown makeover, but I will be happy to just make each space “better than before”.
2016 Home Projects – Room-by-Room
January – Ben’s room
February – Max’s room
March – Living room
April – Exterior improvements
May – Kitchen / Dining
June – Laundry pass-through
July – Bathrooms
August – Master Bedroom
September – Master Closet
I am going to be realistic and not go any further than September…for now. We will see how it goes and then assess. I have already started my January focus – Ben’s room – and will do a short post soon to outline the to-do list in there.
I’m fairly certain I am not the first person to attempt being organized at home projects, but for me it is ground-breaking. If it works. Yikes. Don’t laugh at me if it doesn’t.