Listy McListerson: Updated

Warning: this is longer than the Oscars, so feel free to fast forward to the good parts. These posts actually came about when people asked how we organize all the stuff we have on our to-do list. We explained that we basically just have one long run-on document, and when folks kept asking us to share it (and update it as we went along), it sounded like our idea of a good time. And it’s high time that we actually updated it considering it has been ten months since we last shared it! Yowsa.

In an attempt to keep our eyes from crossing when we read it, we separated what we’ve done in each room from what we’d still like to do (so we have an active list and a wahoo-it’s-done list) and there’s an estimated percentage up near the title of each area to indicate how complete it is.

Ok, let’s do this.

-The Front Yard (40% complete)-


Done:

To Do:

-The Front Porch/House Facade (35% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Carport/Garage (5% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Living Room (85% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Office (85% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Hall Bathroom (100% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Big Hallway (90% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Small Hallway (5% complete… at least until tomorrow’s big reveal!)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Dining Room (95% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Laundry Room (98% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Kitchen (85% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Playroom/Big Girl Room (75% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-Nursery (90% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Sunroom (60% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Master Bedroom (80% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Master Bathroom (75% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Guest Bedroom (70% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Guest Bathroom (10% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Basement Workshop (85% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Side Lot (10% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Deck (80% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Patio (85% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

-The Backyard (90% complete)-

Done:

To Do:

In summary, it’s amazing to look back at all the done bullets and reminisce… but we still have a lot on the ol’ to-do list as usual! Thankfully we’ve learned to just try to enjoy the journey and take things one day/project/victory at a time. And seriously, is there anything more fun than crossing things off? As for the method to our “project order,” we don’t really think there is one. We just do whatever we’re in the mood for (barring anything that needs to be moved to the top of the list for safety or other extreme-urgency reasons). And we jump around from room to room just to stay excited and to avoid feeling too forced into doing something that we might not be ready to deal with yet.

We like to keep the bigger projects that we want to save up for in the back of our mind for a while (until we’re feeling more sure about our approach so there’s no shoulda-woulda-coulda going on later). Thinking about those long term/bigger projects keeps us excited to squirrel away as much loot as we can to make them a reality down the road. And seeing all the crossed off smaller items reminds us that bite-sized undertakings can really keep you motivated. After a big project, sometimes we’re happy to take a breather and tackle the little stuff for a while. And other times we’re psyched to keep our momentum up and start planning the next big project right away.

As of this very moment, we’re thinking that we’d love to tackle these guys next:

So those are “on deck” when it comes to our to-do list. But enough about us, how do you make your house to-do lists? Do you keep them on your phone? On post-its? On a big online document? Handwritten in a notebook? How do you decide what to tackle next? Is there any method at all to your madness?

 

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