How Do You Keep Track of Home Maintenance Projects?

My husband and I used to be organized about home maintenance. We did small projects in a timely manner, budgeted for larger ones, and stayed (mostly) on top of everything. Not anymore — between our jobs, our kiddo, and an insane number of weddings and family events, it's all gone downhill. Faced with an overwhelming number of projects, I can't help but wonder: how do other people keep track of home maintenance projects?

We're well through our list right now, but it's been many, many weeks of work. Some of the projects we knew about and were procrastinating on (replacing a hideous bathroom) but others just cropped up (a minor leak in our roof). They all needed to be done and it hasn't been stress-free or enjoyable.

Now I'm determined to get back to being organized. I'm toying with the idea of assembling my own spreadsheet from Apartment Therapy and Martha Stewart tips. One of my friends swears by her home maintenance binder. Still others just do projects as they arise. How do you plan? Do you even bother? What do you find works best?

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