This is a tale of one girl's need for organization in a home that may be swallowing her and her family whole. That girl is me. This year, I am saying, "no more!" We are making a plan and come hell or high water we will get somewhere with this home project. I'll share my plan with you, but first, here is the process...
We have only 52 weeks a year. That is 52 weekends to actually get projects done assuming never going out of town or celebrating a Holiday.
With that in mind, it is imperative that this has a plan. This is for budget purposes, as well as for the purpose of keeping our goals in perspective. It's easy to get discouraged when the weeks roll by and unfinished projects seem to be all around. When you have a plan set out then you will know what is realistic and what will just have to wait. For instance, I could go on forever about how my kitchen needs done. With a plan ahead I know that it is scheduled to be done in November. I also know there is no time or money in the schedule to redo the master bathroom this year. Knowing that it takes a big weight off my shoulders. There is only so much you can do when tackling a fixer.
Take a look at this plan ahead.
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Where to start...
1. Make a List of the Areas That Need Done
I find it is easiest to do this by area. Don't get hung up on the nitty gritty of the job just yet. For right now do a general brain dump of all the areas (exp. Master Bedroom, Hallway, Front Courtyard, etc..).
2. Estimate how long each area will take in Weeks
Be generous here. If you think it will take 1 week, but really you know it will be 4- just say 4. Getting ahead is great, but falling too far behind can really put a damper on your spirits.
3. Highlight the ones you really would like to get done- REMEMBER you only have 52 weeks
What do I mean by remember you only have 52? If you put an 8 next to your kitchen then that will count as 8, your hallway was 4, your living room was 12, and your front courtyard was 8. That equals 32 and you are more than half way through your year. Keep highlighting until you get to 52.
Next to each of the highlighted areas indicate a guestimated dollar amount. I realize you may not know this off the top of your head and may need to do some research. That is a good idea. Try to be as realistic as possible. List out everything from construction, to labor, to decor. Even call a contractor for an estimate if it will be needed in that area. Estimates are typically free. If it helps, you can indicate two numbers- the minimum you could spend to get an update for now. Maybe it's not your dream, but at least an upgrade from where you are at. The second number would be if all goes well what you would be able to spend a higher amount. Try to make this a realistic number. This should just be your max budget of what you would be willing to spend in the area. This is a look ahead. This gives you the advantage of being able to plan and save for that project ahead of time. If the time comes and the max budget isn't there for whatever life reason got in the way, you were smart enough to come up with a minimum budget plan as well that will allow you to upgrade on a dime to still make you feel good without having to break the bank.
Now, taking where you are at and where you can expect to be at financially write in the budget you think you will have for each month.
5. Map it out
You know your budget by month. You know how long you think the projects will take you. Now, lets map it out using the month to month template. (Get your template here.) Before I start writing in projects I like to write in dates of trips we have planned or events that will push projects back. This will save you having to revamp the schedule. I also write in tentative school start and stop dates (if that applies) and when the change of seasons will affect things (like when to start This part is a bit of a puzzle. Fill in each month with the projects you have listed. Don't overlap projects. If there is anything I can say about a fixer is try to complete before moving on. Enough will happen by accident without adding more projects. That is just asking for trouble. I also suggest alternating more costly projects with projects requiring a smaller budget. Have one projects at a time and work your way through the year.
6. Now, Do It
At this point, you just have to do it!