Learn how to plan, organize and complete your next DIY project.
Plus, how to actually feel accomplished along the way. (With FREE project planning printable!)
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I don’t know about you but when it comes to making over our home, my husband and I are often working on multiple smaller projects within a big project. Planning projects like this comes with a lot of moving parts which can easily lead to chaos. Which tends to leave a bunch of half finished DIY projects!
Before I came up with our current system, we were using a list style method to organize our project goals. We would look at a room and make a huge list of everything that needed to be done in that space. It was a good start because it got all our ideas on paper but the problem with this system was that it seemed never ending. The list ended up being pages long and because we enjoyed the excitement of starting new projects, we would often add new items to the list or make new lists for another room! Does anyone else experience this?!? The constant to-do list left us feeling burnt out and like we weren’t really accomplishing anything. After a few attempts I think I have figured out a way to keep it all organized that might be helpful to you too!
Are you eager to make over a part of your home but don’t know where to start? I’ll help walk you through the way we process the projects in our home so that we can actually achieve our goals and feel successful along the way.
Let The Project Planning Begin
The first step is to CREATE. This is the dream stage. What do you envision the final product to look like? Draw out the project (or projects) that you want to accomplish in your desired room. Don’t let your drawing skills (or lack thereof in my case 😉 ) hold you back from getting your ideas on paper. It’s ok if they look like doodles or chicken scratch. You’ll know what it is and that’s all that matters!
The second step is to SEARCH. This is probably my favorite part since I get to go window shopping! In this step you look at your drawings and figure out where you are going to buy the items needed. I usually look on Pinterest, Etsy, and stores online as well as in person. I compare prices and make a list of what I need in order to come up with a total cost for our project.
After you’ve done that, its time to take the third step. BUDGET. This is definitely my least favorite part because once I see how much the project will cost, it can be discouraging if I don’t have the funds available to complete it at the moment. If this happens to you I want to encourage you to be creative! A few questions I usually ask myself:
- Is there anything I already own (and don’t really love) that I can sell to make some extra money?
- Are there any substitutions I can make to my project in order to make it cheaper?
- Is it possible to make some financial sacrifices in the next few months in order to have the funds needed?
The fourth and final step is to BUILD. This is the part where you get to write down all the tasks for your project and see what exactly needs to get done.
Now that you’ve planned your projects, how do you actually accomplish those goals and feel successful along the way?
What has helped me the most, is knowing that I’m actually making progress. Even though I don’t see the end yet, I am actually making progress while I am working. For me, that means visually seeing tasks being completed.
I attach an erasable label to the tab part of an internal file folder. We then write the current room we are working on. I use these folders and these labels, both from The Container Store. Then I cut out the project squares and use washi tape (removable and comes in plenty of fun colors) to stick the squares on the folder. It is so convenient to have everything in one place.
While we are working throughout the following weeks and months, we are able to cross off tasks as we go. There is something extremely satisfying about being able to remove a whole project square. It is great knowing we are one step closer to meeting our goal. Plus it looks pretty, don’t you think? 😉
From my home sweet home to yours,