If you are anything like us you have glorious visions of many projects that you wish to tackle with your home. Then you wake up one morning, blink your eyes and you have been living in your new home for more than two years. Seriously, where does the time go. You look around and many of the projects you thought you would have started are not even on your to do lists anymore.
We thought we would put together some advice for anyone who needs extra motivation.
1. Join Pinterest.
If you haven’t used Pinterest.com we suggest you join the social networking platform. A lot of people assume Pinterest is for women only, but there are a lot of cool things for men to pin as well. Its a great source for inspiration when you don’t know where to start. A great thing about it is, most of the pictures of DIY projects are linked to actual webpages that walk you through step by step.
2. Be reasonable about the time required.
If you have a lot of projects on your list be reasonable about the amount of time it is going to take you. For instance, don’t assume that you can knock out total bathroom renovation in one or two weekends, especially if you have children or a social life of any kind. Make a list of each project you want to tackle and make realistic amounts of hours that you think it will take to complete. Then add 5-10 hours onto each of them depending on the size of the project. For instance, I think that I can knock out putting in a patio in my yard in one or two weekends but realistically I don’t own a truck so will have to start making many trips in my car for tiles and sand.
3. Break each project up into tasks.
Some of the projects you will be able to chip away at slowly. For example, if you are redoing a laundry room make one task, cleaning and dusting, the next priming the walls, the next wallpapering, the next hanging shelves, and so on.
Making lists where you can check off small pieces will really keep your motivation flowing and avoid stalling.
4. Set hard deadlines.
Treat the projects like a work project and set hard deadlines for yourself. Some people like to set deadlines around parties that they are hosting such as first birthday parties. However, we suggest you build in a nice cushion so that you are not rushing through and being sloppy.
5. Make it fun.
Projects are more rewarding when you make them fun. Blast some great tunes, celebrate the milestone check marks with a cocktail, and making vision boards are all ways to add some fun to the project. At the end of the day remind yourself that the project will add value to your home and make you feel happy for having a nicer place to live.
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