I am a few weeks in to being the very proud new owner of my first home, and along with that has come a task list a mile long. Since I am prone to keeping it all running in my head and then getting overwhelmed, I am to really trying to do things a little differently than usual.
I am head over heels with my 1919 Craftsman home but she needs a little love and updating to bring her up to speed and be able to make it through another century. With all that I have on my hands and in my mind for the next few months I have to find a way to keep sane and organized throughout the process. Luckily I have a friend who is incredibly organized and has helped me out tremendously towards setting me on the right path. Here are some of her suggestions:
Keeping It Together: Keep a binder sectioned out by contractor. This has been great for keeping track of notes and estimates. Having the warranties and all the contracted work done in one place will be invaluable for myself and future owners.
List It Out: She has made me a list for each room broken down into categories of cleaning, repair, demo, contract and purchase. I'm going to add to this and create a sheet to jot down design ideas per room.
Break It Down: Once everything is listed out I can then put it all in order or importance and get to work.
Mobile Lists: I am going to keep a list on my phone of the things I need to purchase with quantity and dimension so if I am strolling through a thrift shop I don't have to sit there and try to recall it all on the spot.
One Day At A Time: I am so used to doing everything at once and not stopping till it's done, but with a project this large I have no choice but to surrender to the process. So I will diligently try to take my master list and move a reasonable amount of tasks over per day to accomplish.
This home is going to teach me patience and to accept imperfection, and although I might fight her at times I am excited for the new life lessons she will teach me. She is definitely worth it.
(Images: Alysha Findley)