Where Do I Start?

We’ve been talking the last few weeks about how so often we ignore those little projects around the house. We’ll get to it later, right? Next weekend maybe?

Well, next weekend is now. The challenge is to grab a pen and paper (or Evernote for you techies) and walk through your house room-by-room. It sounds like an easy task, but it can get daunting. Try to visualize your house through someone else’s eyes. Have an uber-critical relative? Pretend you’re her. Take note of everything from the faded paint on the mailbox to that step that creaks when you walk on it. When you’re done you’ll have your master list.

The things you need on your to-do-list

  1. Anything that’s broken or in disrepair. Include everything: burnt out light bulbs, batteries in the smoke detectors, that one cabinet door that won’t shut. Include it all.
  2. Anything that needs detailed cleaning. Find those cobwebs.
  3. Things that could use an update: faded paint, worn out drapes.
  4. Things that need to be decluttered or organized.

Why should you do this instead of just starting on something today? There are two reasons: first, you are making yourself aware of what actually needs attention and second, you are mapping your path to your end goal. Bill Phillips wrote, “Goals, on the other hand, are specific things you have decided you need to accomplish within a clearly defined period of time.”  (Body for Life ’99) While he was talking about weight loss, the same is true in any other area in our life, our homes included. What we’re doing with this challenge is setting a goal with small, attainable, specific tasks to keep you on track on your way. Let me know how it goes in the comments below.


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