Here’s What a List of “Home Goals” Should Look Like

updated Jul 16, 2020
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Do you have goals for your home? I think it’s really effective–in all areas of life–to write down your goals and share them with others. And your home should be no exception. Whether you rent or own, whether you plan to be there for seven more months or seven more years (or forever!), you should keep a list of things you’d like to get done for a happy life at home.

To get the most out of your list, make it a good mix of goals. Have things on there that touch different rooms or areas of your space, and make sure there’s a good variety when it comes to time and budget. You want to have some items on the list that could (potentially) get done this weekend, and others that might be long-term, a-couple-years-down-the-road goals.

Here’s a few rough blueprints of good home lists. See how they don’t just focus on one room, and seem equally short- and long-sighted as you travel down the list? You can use these ideas for inspiration, but really, your list should be totally personal. Full of things you want for your home.

Revisit your list monthly (or on whatever schedule works for you) to cross off what’s been done and add new goals to the docket.

For renters:

For new homeowners:

  • Plant a fruit tree in the backyard.
  • Set up an annual home maintenance calendar.
  • Invest in some smart home upgrades.
  • Get some good powertools for DIY projects.
  • Build out a workbench in the garage.
  • Plan out our perfect outdoor space.

For veteran homeowners:

  • Recaulk the bathtub.
  • Paint the front door.
  • Clean out the basement.
  • Make an extra mortgage payment this year.
  • Upgrade the washer and dryer.
  • Renovate the kitchen (or at least replace the backsplash).

If you need a good to-do list manager, check out Todoist, Task, or any of the other recommendations in this post.

What’s on your home goals list right now?