Steps To Take Action On Your Home Project Goals
Every homeowner seems to have a never-ending list of projects they would like to accomplish in the home. Many of these projects involve organization, small design changes, furnishing purchases, window treatments, or a full-scale interior design and renovation project.
One thing seems to read true with all homeowners. This project list seems to get longer and longer over time, causing them to become completely overwhelmed.
Which project should we do first when I want everything done yesterday?
There are so many ideas that you have been thinking about. Every time you open a closet or a drawer, you think about needing to sort and organize these spaces.
When you cook a meal, you think about improving your kitchen’s workability and storage.
When you are entertaining, you think about the lack of comfortable seating space in your living room.
When will you ever be able to create that warm, luxurious master-bedroom or bathroom space with a custom-tiled shower?
Does it make sense to do these projects in our home? Can we actually do these projects in our home and how much would it cost? Where should you start? Do you need professional help with this project?
Here are some concrete steps to help sort out your ideas so that you can start taking action on your home project goals.
The first step in taking action on your goals is to make an actual list.
So many times we mentally drain ourselves by keeping all the thoughts and ideas for our homes in our heads. Spend a few minutes and list all the interior design ideas and improvements you would like to make in your home. In this first step, your goal is to just get all of your ideas out of your head and on an actual list. You will think more about each project later.
What projects on your list would you like to take action on this year?
Go through your list and choose a project that you would like to tackle THIS year. This could be one project or a few. This step will help you prioritize your list and to get into action on some of your projects, large or small.
Look at the items that you selected in step two; do any of these items affect each other?
For instance, if one item on your list is to paint the kitchen, add lighting, or replace the flooring in your kitchen, and you have a kitchen renovation on your main list, it might be best to hold off on the flooring until you renovate, but organizing your kitchen drawers could certainly be done without affecting a renovation down the road.
Or perhaps you would like to add window treatments to your living room, if you are planning to replace furnishings or professionally design this space later, maybe pre-made inexpensive window treatments are a good solution temporarily, then when the living room is being designed, that is the time for custom window treatments to coordinate with the new space.
If you do not know how any of these projects affect each other or if step three stops you in your tracks, this might be an excellent time to get input from an interior designer as a plan of action could be discussed helping you phase your projects in a way that makes sense and keeps you from backtracking and re-doing things.
Choose one project from your list and write down a few action steps toward that one project.
If your one project is to organize your hall closet, your action steps might
- Empty the closet completely and clean
- Purge unnecessary items
- Decide exactly what you need to store in this space
- Measure closet
- Add shelving if needed
- Paint closet
- Add customization and storage items, purchase hooks, hangers, bins, etc that fit the space (notice that purchasing these items is the last step, not the first, this allows you to purchase only items that you know fit the space and will store specific things)
If you have larger projects that involve large purchases or renovation on your list for the upcoming year, meet with a designer to clarify goals, discuss design ideas, and explore cost and timelines.
This step, done early in the planning stage, will help you prepare for your project and will help your project go smoothly when it begins.
These 5 steps will certainly help you get into action on your home projects. Even accomplishing a small project will help you feel good about your home and about making progress on your Interior Design goals.
Until next time,
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