Weekend Projects

This Weekend: Give the Proverbial Squeaky Wheel a Little Grease

updated Apr 30, 2019
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It’s easy to forget about all the little things in our home that are broken or just not working. Don’t get me wrong — it’s good to focus on the big picture — we all have priorities after all —but, when we bump against the same tiny, irksome problems again and again, they start to wear on us mentally. Your goal for the weekend: feel a little bit better about your space.

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This Weekend’s Assignment: Take an inventory of everything that’s broken or annoying in your home, then fix at least one of the things that bothers you most.

Make a List of Issues: Either physically or mentally wander around your home a little bit, stopping in each room to identify anything that’s not working, feels off, makes too much noise, or just generally bothers you. Especially make note of the stuff that’s been that way for a long time, bugging you in tiny ways for days or months or even years.

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Make a Choice: Pick one thing you can reasonably tackle this weekend. It doesn’t have to be a major project! Choose something you can cross of your list and know you’ll feel good about when it’s done.

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Give Some Mental Thanks: After focusing in on the bad, take a minute to take in everything that IS working in your home. Practicing gratitude is a powerful habit, and even the littlest things are cause for celebration.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do. This is a marathon, not a sprint!

  • Help motivate others by letting the rest of us know how things are going! Share your tips and photos of your Weekend Project work on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #ATweekendproject.
  • Check out 2017’s entire Plan for a Healthy & Happy Home to access all Weekend Project ideas, so you can pick and choose what to do this weekend.
  • Download our August Home Checklist. It’s a free, downloadable, low-pressure list of things to try this month if you want to keep your life and home running like a well-oiled machine. Pick and choose what and how much you want to tackle, and have the satisfaction of crossing them off the list!