My house also has a to-do list

For about 18 months before we moved out of our old house, we finally did all those things on our list that we needed and wanted to do.

I had a to-do list I was working off of, and when we found the current house, I had about 12 small things left on the old list (from about 60).

So then I decided we will no longer leave things and only fix when we’re selling.

Be realistic with time and money

This is not your fantasy life; it’s your real life. You still have to work and rest and do other stuff on the weekends, so do pace yourself.

Things in the house cost money, even if it’s to buy new pillows or a tablecloth, it all costs money. You have to realise you need to keep money for paying off the bond, emergencies, holidays and doing your house to-do list.

Balance big and small things

I’ve shared before about a small change we made in our bathroom. I’m so glad we made this change otherwise I would have been unhappy for years because we can’t afford a bathroom remodel.

You can go even smaller – a new duvet cover or pillow cases do wonders too.

This might not work for you if you’re a maximiser; this is someone who has to have the perfect solution and will happily wait til that can be done.

It’s not about being discontented

I feel like you can be content with where you are in life, but still make a few changes to be happier. The Nester’s blog is a great place to read more about this concept.

A few small changes that have made me super happy in the past – my yellow desk, yellow cushions, a new side plate, my navy blue kitchen, etc.

How do I plan my house to-do list?

I make a gigantic list. I used the 100 things to do page from my shining planner but my master to-do list (it’s in the pack when you sign up to my list) works just as well.

I walk through the house, room by room, and write down everything that I want to change in the next year or two.

I have quick things like get a plant for the landing, and big things like redo kitchen floors, on the list.

And then because I’m looking at this list regularly, about once a month, I have those things in mind so if I see the perfect rug for a child’s bedroom, I can get it.

That’s it really.

Does your house have a to-do list too?

If you’ve never made a master list for your house, why don’t you do that this weekend?

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  1. Such solid advice that can be applied to other parts of life too!

  2. I’m so happy I have found you (through Organising Junky)! You reason exactly like me and I can totally resonate with what you write.
    I live in Italy, lost my job 3 years ago and have been struggling since.
    I have recently decided I want to become a personal/professional organiser in the remaining part of my life (I’m 46) so that has given me new impulse to get my large house in shape as a showcase for future clients.
    I made good progress last year, but I can do better.
    I read a bit about organising every day, that keeps me focussed.
    Organising is my passion.
    Are you a Virgo, too? I’m convinced a large proportion of professional organisers are Virgos.
    Greetings and a Happy New Year from Milan.

    • Marcia Francois says

      Jessica, I’m so glad you found my site through Laura. We’ve been blogging for nearly 12 years now 🙂

      No, I’m not a Virgo. I am an ESTJ and an Enneagram 1, both of which lean to order and things being done right :O

      Happy New Year to you too – if you need anything and you don’t find it, please feel free to email me, and do sign up for my free goals guide.


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