Staying up-to-date on your home improvement projects can be difficult. It can become overwhelming just thinking about all of things you need (or want) to do to your home. What projects should come first? What’s the best time of year to complete certain projects? How can you possibly achieve all of your home improvement goals?
But if you stay organized and spread out your projects throughout the year, home improvement can become much more manageable, and even fun.
So let’s take some of the stress and anxiety out of home improvement and get started on your home improvement goals.
Step 1. Set realistic and manageable goals.
Take some time and think about everything you want to do to your home this year. Then, write a comprehensive list and set up your list into two categories:
- Projects you NEED to get done.
- Projects you would LIKE to get done.
Need some examples to help stir ideas? Here are a few home improvement projects on our list:
- Refinish the deck.
- Organize the pantry.
- Refresh a room or two with a new coat of paint.
- Upgrade the hardware in the kitchen and bathroom.
- Install a new light on the front porch.
- Build a deck.
- Wash the windows and window screens.
- Clean out the gutters.
- Replace the windows.
- Paint the outside of the house.
- Clean out the garage.
All of these tasks are fairly easy to accomplish and can make a huge impact on your home.
Step 2. Get a calendar.
Take your list and start writing tasks on your calendar. Make sure you consider what times of year would be best for these projects. For example, you’ll want to clean out your gutters in the fall, but it’s better to paint your home during the summer.
If it’s a larger project, like replacing your windows or building a deck, give yourself time to research what you want and find a reliable contractor to help you. For these projects it’s helpful to break them up into smaller steps on your calendar, so it doesn’t seem so overwhelming.
Step 3. Get at it!
Now that you have your calendar, it’s time to start doing and take the first step toward achieving home improvement goals.