It’s a new year with a blank slate. Typically resolutions are made to exercise more and eat less. These resolutions tend to be short lived. What about resolutions to take care of home improvements? If most people would look at their home improvement list the “better health resolutions” might be much more appealing!
Whether you’re preparing to put your house on the market, move into a new home or apartment or maintenance of your existing residence; the projects can appear to be large, unappealing and costly. Let’s break it down to make these projects less daunting and help you enjoy the beauty of your home.
Get Organized: Make a list of projects you’d like to tackle and then prioritize what you’d like accomplished first. If you make the toughest job first the rest will follow with ease…or…start with the smallest task to get a sense of accomplishment and confidence.
Be Prepared: Whatever project you begin, make sure you have all your supplies before beginning the task. Make sure your questions are answered and you have the help you need. Have a game plan and clearly communicate so your project proceeds in a timely and organized manner.
Be realistic with your expectations: Whether you’re single or married, make sure you and your help are on the same page regarding start date and time of completion. Be resigned to the fact that you’ll be going to the hardware store on numerous occasions until your project(s) are complete even if you thought you were well prepared.
Overestimate the time needed: When you are prepared to tackle the task we humans want it completed as quickly as possible. However long you think the project will take, multiply your time by 2.5. This will reduce stress and frustration. If you get it done more quickly, hurrah!
Divide and Conquer: Whether working alone or with a friend/partner clearly define what needs to be done. Many hands make the work light…especially if everyone takes responsibility for their part of the project and the order in which it needs to be done.
Breathe: When frustration begins to creep in take a deep breath, remember the steps above and communicate!
Celebrate: Before you jump to the next item on your list of things-to-do take time to look at what you’ve accomplished and give credit where credit is due! It feels great to see an organized garage, a freshly painted room, pictures hung, your fence mended or painted, the leaves raked, your flowers or garden in good order, as well as, your lawn green and healthy. © 2013 by Beth Golden PhD ,LLC All Rights Reserved
Best wishes to you and to the joy of completing your home resolutions for 2013!