Week 2: Setting Your Home Update To Dos

Welcome to week 2! How do your binders look?

Here’s mine:

Setting Up Your Home & Getting it Ready for Guests, Gifts, Dinners, and Events

If you’ve downloaded the planner, take a look at the home to dos sheet. If you haven’t get a word processing document or regular piece of paper to jot down your list.

Pick an evening or a day this weekend to take a quick tour of your home.

Each room you go to, jot down some repair projects, remodeling work, room updates or any other projects you want to be working on.

The key here is to be realistic. We are not going for lofty, expensive projects here. The goal is to make sure your home is how you’d like it to be set up for guests, prepped for decorations, and ready for your holiday.

Here are a few items on my list:

  • Paint peeling from a leak in the kitchen. We’ll need to patch that up.
  • In the kids’ rooms, they’re ready to move on from the baby decor to big boy trains and decor.
  • The family room is packed with toys the kids don’t play with, the garage and basement has overflow of items we don’t use, its going to be time for a garage sale while the weather is still nice enough to do one!

Why Are We Doing this Right Now?

Depending on what your list looks like, there may be projects that you want to do that will take a while to get done.

As you’re reading this, we are in the middle of a global pandemic. Products are scarce and contractors are spread thin. If you start calling now, you may get a contractor to help repaint a room or manage a renovation in time for the holidays, but you also may not.

Consider the idea that products are taking much longer to ship or may not even be available right now.

Plus, if you’re like us, and want to hold a garage sale, you’re going to have a better chance of making that happen in August or September than when the holiday season starts.

Getting started on this now helps you alleviate the aggravation and stress that comes with doing some of these projects last minute or not being able to do them at all.

Get started!

Take your home tour and complete the Home To Dos section in the binder download. Or get a simple piece of paper (or notes on your phone!) and jot down all of the items you want to do. Once you’ve gathered your list, choose which items are within your budget, realistic for your timeline, and possible to get materials and supplies to get it done.

Then, jot down on your calendar various appointments you may need with contractors, painters, plumbers, etc or schedule time for yourself to work on some of these projects.

The key here is to be realistic and work on home updates that make sense for you, your life and your budget.

Are you a renter? No sweat!

You can have projects too, like organizing a closet or updating decor in your space.

I know what you’re thinking now. Do I HAVE to have a project? Of course not! If your home is in tip top shape, skip this step and work on clearing out space, donating old clothing, or organizing your desk. This step is 100% about what works for you, so do just that.

Get planning and until next time, fellow planners.

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