SCHEDULE FOR DO-IT-YOURSELF HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS Let’s get started by discussing how we found time to work on our house so that you can follow our example.
First, make sure you have a solid plan before you start. This is the most crucial piece of advise I can give you all, guys. It will help you save a ton of time, frustration, and money. I am aware of this since I have frequently started DIY home renovation projects without a strategy, which is almost embarrassing to admit.
I chose the color red for our kitchen’s paint in our first home at random. On the wall adjacent to our cabinets, I didn’t test colors. I didn’t even bring home any paint samples. I simply went to the paint store, chose the color red, and painted at home. It was a catastrophe. I then returned to the store, picked a different color, and painted it once more. Did I try out the new shade? NOPE. I assumed the second one must be superior. Still, I despised it. I FINALLY made the effort to bring paint swatches home, and I decided on a red that complemented the tones of the wood in our cabinets. For the THIRD time, I bought and painted the kitchen, this time by myself because I was too ashamed to ask my Joe to assist me once more.
Do you realize how much time and money I wasted by starting that project without a plan? A LOT.
Then, and only then, will you actually begin the physical transformation of your area. Take the time to consider what you want to change in your space, establish a plan for what stays and what goes, build your budget, choose a color palette, decide on your patterns, and so on.
The second tip is to make your plan a priority and say no to everything that might get in the way once you have a solid plan and are prepared to implement it. If you approach building a home you love as an optional endeavor, other obligations will inevitably get in the way. But when you prioritize it, it’s lot simpler to keep to your principles. You will be ready to decline volunteer requests and social invites that will get in the way if you determine that you are going to design the family room of your dreams during the next two months regardless of what. I’m not saying to quit volunteering or having fun; I’m just saying to put those things lower on your priority list until you finish the DIY home improvement project you’re currently focusing on.
The next tip is to change your mindset. Convert the time you presently spend unwinding into home improvement time. I understand what you’re thinking: I hardly ever have time to unwind. I would have made the same claim, but after actually examining my time management, I discovered that I did find time to watch TV and read periodicals.
What happens after that is obvious. Any activity that isn’t strictly vital for your job or family must be discontinued.
For us, this adjustment meant that doing projects around the house and working on them turned into downtime. How many times have we put our daughters to bed only to get back in our painting gear, sip a bottle of wine, turn on some music, and paint some walls? Those have included some of our favorite date nights. It is entirely possible to exchange the time you spend on house improvements for cherished family time! You simply need to change your perspective and acknowledge the significance of your do-it-yourself home improvements to your happiness and quality of life.
TIP #4: SET GOALS AND DEADLINES. For your home remodeling and design ideas, you must set objectives and timeframes. Why? The finest phrase is from Dave Ramsey: “Goals cannot be ambiguous.” Vague objectives are more like fantasies and dreams than actual goals. Therefore, set a timeline for yourself if you want to design the master bedroom getaway of your dreams. If you don’t, you’ll almost likely end up with a bedroom that is just partially done and will remain that way for a long time.
Do it well if you’re going to do it. Do not abandon the task unfinished. Setting timelines can assist ensure that your dream space is actually completed.
Fifth tip: SEEK HELP. I have the most difficulty with this. I find it really difficult to ask for assistance, yet most people are willing to chip in and assist those they care about! For us, we discovered that we could frequently schedule our significant DIY projects around family members’ visits so that we had help with our daughters and occasionally help with the projects themselves.
Ask for help if it will give you two hours of uninterrupted time to work on your assignment by having someone take your child to soccer practice and bring them home. Simply let the person who is assisting you know that you would be thrilled to return the favor in the future, and chances are good that they will do so! And once you’ve established deadlines for your work, you may examine your schedule to see when you’d benefit most from some assistance.
This is a significant tip for those of you with young children. ENGAGE YOUR CHILDREN. Many parents, in my opinion, believe that involving their children in household projects is improper, or that doing so will make the children unhappy or bored. That has never been the case for us! Even if not every moment is perfect, we try to involve our children as much as possible. We enjoy having them about and working with us; it’s definitely preferable to keeping them in front of the TV!
They aid us in our efforts if they are something they can do. Sometimes things go more slowly, but we enjoy how it gives them a sense of importance and makes them feel more confident. When they are unable to assist, we still make an effort to keep them in the room we are working in (if it is safe to do so) and provide them with toys, books, or other things to occupy themselves with while we are working. Finding time to make improvements to your home will be much easier if you involve your children. And I believe your children will like it and appreciate you afterwards for what they have learned!
Take breaks between big projects—tip #7! This lesson cost me dearly. We’ve taken on two sizable DIY home repair projects back to back, which has left us irritable and worn out. Take a break for a few weeks or a month after finishing a major project or area of your home. It will allow you to do things you couldn’t fit in while you were working so hard, in addition to giving you time to psychologically and physically recoup. Additionally, it will allow you time to put out a thorough strategy for the following space you intend to work on (remember, that is tip #1!).
I am SURE you have a lot going on in your life, and you are quite busy. Also, I am! However, I am always able to prioritize making my house a place I love to be by using these tips, and you can too! You may start the DIY home renovation tasks you’ve been contemplating once you have the time and motivation to do so thanks to these ideas and tricks.
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