As the calendar flips to a new year, so we look ahead to our intentions for the next 12 months. With the air of change and regeneration in the air, many of us use this fresh boost of energy to declutter, change things up and clear out those cobwebs. Act quickly before things get busy again, with a “Get It Done Day” where you take action and check those tasks off on your To Do list. Here’s our guide to your Get It Done Day.
1. Take stock
It’s hard to know what you’re looking to achieve if you don’t know where to start. Take a notepad and walk around your home taking note of all the things that need to be repaired, upgraded, altered. Some points to consider:
- Tightening any handles, knobs and racks that have a screw loose.
- Sealants around the bathtub and sinks, repair caulking as required
- Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows
- Removing the showerheads and cleaning the sediment
- Decluttering the basement
- Check for mold
- Picking up new guest towels
2. Identify What’s Missing
If you don’t have the right tool or you are missing a replacement part for a task, you’re not going to be able to get it done. Order the pieces you need, or get the right tool, or person to finish off that task. By looking ahead of time, you’ll know what you’ll need for your Get It Done Day.
3. Budget Your Time
With these things in mind, work out what you can reasonably fit into your Get It Done Day and time it so that things fall into place. For example, if there is something you need to take outside to be dealt with such as curtain length being altered, that could be done first thing in the morning, and collect a few cleaning supplies on the way home. You will be better able to plan for your errands if you know you need to let the handyman in at 3pm.
4. Gather Your Energy
You’re really unlikely to get the tasks achieved on a Friday afternoon. Pick a day in your calendar that you can dedicate to your Get It Done Day and aim to have all parts, tools and people required for them. Having the right energy for the day is important so make sure to get a good night’s sleep beforehand and bring yourself full to the day. Start early, and enjoy a good breakfast to have enough energy to keep you going!
5. Schedule Regular Maintenance Updates
There are some tasks that always need to be done at the same time every six months, or once a year. While you’re looking ahead to getting things done, schedule that appointment for the HVAC inspection, call in the tree surgeon so you can enjoy your spring bloom, or plan when you will hire that pressure washer. By putting the appointments into your calendar, you will save yourself a task later.
6. Get It Done
With everything lined up and your day mapped out, give it your all! Muster up that energy to get as much done as you possibly can, and think about the end and how pleased you will be when you get there. Power through the day with healthy snacks and tick things off your list.
7. Do a Donations Box
If you subscribe to the Konmari method, you will know that she recommends dealing with clothes when you’re looking to deal with unnecessary clutter. Taking a bag of clothes to be donated will help you feel lighter – but don’t find yourself lingering to bring more home.
8. Celebrate Your Success
After a long day, you’ll want to kick up your feet and enjoy your freshly rejuvenated space. Pick up some fresh flowers for the living room, pour yourself a bubble bath, and relax in your fixed up space!