Just because I write about home maintenance, yard work and related topics doesnt mean Ive got my own house in pristine order. Im as human as the next homeowner.
But Ive developed a plan, ideally suited for New Years resolutions, that can help you and I get going on those projects weve neglected in the past year. And Ive broken it down into five manageable steps:
Make a commitment. Pledge that after the holiday bustle fades, youll take action.
Objectively review your home. Grab a notebook and pen and take an hour or two to assess each area. Pretend youre a prospective buyer. Write down anything that needs to be repaired, replaced or checked.
Make a plan and follow through. Create a priority list of a reasonable number of projects to undertake in the next year. You might do only one a month or one a quarter. Make sure the pace fits your lifestyle and budget.
Safety first. When ranking projects, consider putting first those that involve safety and structural integrity. But dont overlook a few that will leave you feeling more relaxed and happy, whether its decluttering the pantry or planting flowers.
Join forces. Share your pledge and plan with friends. Hold each other accountable and decide on incentives. And post before and after pictures online.