Home renovations are one of those things that you always intend to do; you look at them for months or years, thinking that you’ll start when you have more money or more time. However, the best way to get a big project done is to break it into smaller or less daunting tasks. The following tips will give you helpful ways to finally get on top of your list of home improvement goals.
First, start by making a list. Go around your home and look for everything you’ve meant to do. It could be replacing flooring, renovating the kitchen, or repainting your bedroom. Once you’ve gathered them all in one place, rank the items from most to least important.
Try to think about how long you’ve wanted to do specific projects, and try to prioritize those. If there are issues that pose a health or safety threat to anyone, those should also be ranked first. You can also pair projects off by putting a small, manageable task with a more significant, more challenging task.
Next, make a calendar or planner where you can block out time to work on your home improvement projects. Find weekends or holidays when you can dedicate all day to getting the things done that you want.
If people make plans with you, it’s fine to explain that you’re working around the home and cannot visit. When you have a set time to start doing the things you’ve intended to do, you’re much less likely to push them back or procrastinate.
If money is a constraint on your projects, there are a few ways to help reduce costs. First, you can open a free checking account through a credit union when you become a member. Credit unions typically have better rates on loans than ordinary banks, so if you need access to a loan, you won’t have to pay astronomical interest rates.
You can try searching for second-hand hardware stores as well. These often have wood, old doors, windows, furniture, and metal hardware that you can use for construction projects. The materials are much cheaper than they would be at a typical store, and you can still find great items.
Once you get started, stick with one thing at a time. Trying to hop from project to project can feel overwhelming, so find one thing to focus on and see it all the way through. Ultimately, the best way to tackle a whole list of home improvement goals is by crossing them off individually.
It can be tempting to finish three or four items in one weekend, but you’ll likely end up with a few low-quality or unfinished projects, which can leave you feeling discouraged.
Last, take time in between your projects. A mistake people often make is trying to set unrealistic time constraints. Eventually, you’ll feel burnt out, and getting tasks done will feel more like a chore. Once you’ve finished one or two things, let yourself appreciate the work and take a few days or weeks to reset. Remember to pace yourself going forward.
Then, start up again with a new project. The time will still go by quickly, but you’ll put your full effort into each thing you try and be left with something you can be proud of.
Once you’ve started that list, give yourself some credit. Home improvement work is difficult, but it’s something to be proud of, and soon you’ll live in a space that you genuinely love.