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Home Improvement Prep - Avoiding The Rabbit Hole

Isn't it funny that as soon as you start one project, it leads to another project, and then another? It never fails. You think you're going to touch up the paint on a wall and you end up painting the entire room. And not just painting the room, but painting it a whole different color. 


The Rabbit Hole

And now that you've re-painted the room, the drapes no longer match. So you have to replace the drapes. And you can't just replace the drapes in your living room without replacing the drapes in your dining room because the two rooms are connected and you must have a consistent flow. Right?

Oh, and you noticed that the rug is just a tad too beige or gray and is throwing off  the blue in your new drapes. What to do? What to do?

So now, you're down a rabbit hole that could possibly lead to endless home improvements.  Who can relate?


I had to stop myself the other day as I was about to go down this road again. 

Make a Plan

So before I picked up a paint brush and hammer, I started a spreadsheet of all the things that I wanted or needed to do in my home, room by room. I even listed furnishings and other improvements that I wanted for each room. I tried to prioritize the list as well. I kept it very simple.

You can do the same, regardless of your budget. If you're thinking of making any changes in your home, large or small, try planning ahead by creating a project plan or wish list. Here's a sample of what you might include on a project plan for your living room: 

This was a very helpful exercise for me. I constantly refer to it. It also comes in handy when hubby asks me what I'm planning for the house. 

Again, if your budget is $50 or $50,000, believe me, it pays to plan. If you do this, you're less likely to go off on tangents or get caught up in budget-busting random shopping.  

I hope this was helpful. 

Have you ever been down the home improvement rabbit hole?


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