Most modern mums have to do it all, and every day it’s a challenge to balance family with work and daily chores. That home decor to-do list? Who has time for it? You do! That is, if you make time and approach your to-do list with a new frame of mind. When you try to juggle everything at once, you won’t be able to see a single task through to completion. A psychiatrist at PsychCentral recommends that you focus your attention on a single task at a time in order to filter out all of those distractions that are keeping you from getting anything done. Here are four easy ways to do just that.
1. Simplify the To-Do List
It probably feels like you “have to” get it all done. But when you’re struggling to find the time to do it all, you have to ask yourself if you truly need to do everything on that list. Redecorating the entire living room might be nice, but if it’s functional as is and you also have more urgent items on your to-do list like “finish building the kitchen pantry” and “paint the chipped bedroom walls,” it’ll be a load off of your mind if you just forget about the optional tasks — for now.
You can always come back to optional décor projects in the future. Once you’ve used these tips to break your to-do list into a more manageable series of projects, you actually will have time to tackle everything, but it’s important that you don’t overwhelm yourself early on.
2. Organise Tasks by Priority
Get the to-do list out of your head and onto paper or into your tablet or smartphone. It’ll help you to focus on each task if you can see it on a list and cross it off as you complete the project. As you write the list, organise each task by priority. Put the décor projects at the top that will:
- Make the most immediate impact on your day-to-day life. For example, finally having a pantry in the kitchen instead of putting food cans and boxes on your counter.
- Be the most fun for you. If you’re able to enjoy yourself as you complete the first few tasks, you’ll be able to get them off the to-do list earlier so you have a more manageable set of tasks to complete.
- Help increase the value of your home. If there’s a hole in the wall that needs filling or chipped paint that needs a new coat, prioritize those tasks over the completely optional ones.
3. Hire a Babysitter
Many mums and dads use their kids as excuses as to why they can’t get any décor projects done. After all, the kids need constant supervision, right? If you’re serious about getting the to-do list done when you’re free from work and other responsibilities, you’ll need to hire a babysitter for your youngest kids. You can either drop them off at a babysitter’s house — or see if any family members want to spend the day bonding with your kids — or you can even hire the babysitter to watch your children in your own house while you’re working on your to-do list. Just ask the babysitter to keep the children engaged in another room and to limit the distractions.
A babysitter will prove significantly cheaper than hiring someone to do your decor projects, and then you’ll be free to do the projects exactly how you want.
4. Involve the Whole Family
If you don’t want to hire a babysitter, engage your children yourself. All but the very youngest children can actually help you complete your decor project to-do list. Ask your significant other to help out, too, and make at least one day a week a “family decor project” day. Make sure it’s fun for the kids so they look forward to helping out instead of grumbling. Kids can help paint, organize, clean and do very basic construction work under parent supervision.
Busy parents can get their home decor to-do list completed even when there seems to be no time if they organize, prioritize and simplify. Remember also not to let yourself get overwhelmed. Take a deep breath and break down your to-do list into manageable tasks. Before you know it, you’ll get all of those gorgeous decor projects done.
About the Author: Ellen Osborne is a mum of two and a professional organizer and blogger. She’s looking forward to moving with her family to Armstrong Creek, a gorgeous urban growth area in Geelong.