A Better Home Starts Now: Set Goals for Your Decor

A Better Home Starts Now: Set Goals for Your Decor

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Jennifer Hunter
Jul 6, 2015

You already know that setting goals is a great way to keep your career, your finances and your life on track, but maybe you haven't yet realized the power of setting goals for your home. If your decor isn't where you want it to be, you may just need a little direction. We can help! Here's how to make and keep the goals that will finally get your home on track.

Determine your grand vision (in your current space)

Before you decide what you need to do, you need to figure out where you want to wind up! This can be as big as a complete decor overhaul or as small as addressing your junk drawer. You decide how much change your home currently needs. Think about big ideas like how you want to feel in your home. Try not to get bogged down in specifics (we'll deal with that later); just get a perfect-world read on why you want what you want. One thing to keep in mind: we often have goals that are home-related — like buying a house — that are actually more about finances or lifestyle. Setting goals in those areas is also a great idea, but remember, you can't set decor goals for a home you don't have yet. For your decor to improve right now, you need to think about your current space only.

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Separate short term from long term

Now you know what you want so it's time to make a plan to get there. The key here is to set a series of milestones — some smaller things that you can accomplish right away and also what you'd like to achieve overall. Each smaller goal you hit will move you closer to your bigger, final target. Remember, dream big but keep your smaller steps realistic and manageable. The satisfaction you feel from reaching a smaller goal will help you keep going as you start your next step. And don't forget to give yourself a pat on the back (or even a treat!) for each step you accomplish.

Get some specific steps

When you're working toward your goal, you're gonna need a plan. You'll be much more likely to methodically work towards an endpoint if you know the exact steps that will get you there. For example, if you want to paint your walls you need to get color inspiration, go to the paint store for supplies, prep your wall and paint. Even if you know the steps to take, a list will keep you on track and much more likely to take the necessary steps to get stuff done!

Be flexible

Part of sticking to a long-term plan is being flexible during your process. That means giving yourself a break if you miss a deadline or something takes longer than you think it will (newsflash: this is practically guaranteed). It also means giving yourself the chance to evaluate your progress part way through and figure out if your current direction is still working. There's no use in powering through a project that is no longer what you want. Maybe you can keep your current direction but you need to learn from a few mistakes and adjust with a few new, intermediary goals. Always be reassessing. You are the one who knows what's working and when it's time to let go of a certain idea.

Now, get out there and get yourself some home goals already!

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