Happy New Year!

It’s less than a week into the New Year and most are going strong on their resolutions. Whether you are hitting the gym for the first time in months, redirecting your life down a new road or finishing something you once started – it is easy to get discouraged when you do not see immediate results. Let’s face it; this is why most resolutions fail. After working hard for a few weeks and having those skinny jeans still not button or feeling stuck after putting all your effort towards change can be really discouraging and it is easy to just give up. Instead of giving up, keep moving. Let’s create a plan now on what we want to achieve and do it.

Now, for all you do-it-yourselfers who have had the curio with the broken door, the handle missing from your island, the light in the hall that just doesn’t work or any other project that has been swept under the rug; it is time to get the ball rolling!

First, it is important to make a list of all the projects that have not been completed around the home. Take a walk into each room in your home and see what needs to be done. Is your faucet dripping? Are your knobs spinning? Are there patches that need repair? Write everything down. While it may seem daunting to have a list that could be pages long in front of you, it will give you an idea of where you stand.

Now that you know what has to be done, it is time to crunch some numbers. It is important to understand what you can and can not afford. Creating a budget at the beginning of a project will help guide you through your project until it has been completed. Many times when we do not allocate ourselves enough money we can find ourselves in the same position when we started. Having a budget will also help us decide what we can and can not accomplish on our list. Realizing you have a small budget, you may not be able to do your kitchen renovation this year but you may be able to spruce up the furniture throughout your dining room for an updated look.

Take time to finish each project before starting a new one. It is always encouraging to see something complete before you start something else. This will help give you a boost to undertake something that you may not have thought you can do. Don’t give up, you’ll be happy that you didn’t. Wishing you much luck in the New Year!

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