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Making Time for Home Projects

Summer is the time when many families tackle remodeling projects. Since the weather is warm, you don’t have to worry about snow and cold impacting your project. However, some people keep putting of projects because they feel daunted by the amount of work or they worry that they won’ t have enough time to finish. Work and family responsibilities don’t stop, just because you are knee deep in plans and paint, right?

You may have more time than you think you do. Here are five areas where you can save time and make time for a summer remodel project, without sacrificing family time and summer fun.

Keep Goals Realistic

Be realistic about what you can accomplish with the time you have. If you want to do a full kitchen remodel, including flooring, cabinets, fixtures, countertops, appliances, etc., but you only have a few hours per week to work on it, then you may need to reset your expectations. That project is likely not doable in the few weeks of summer break, unless you hire contractors to help. The last thing you want to do is to be mid-project when school starts back up again. You may never finish, once your time becomes once again divided between family demands and work demands. So don’t set goals that are attainable – if you don’t, it will either scare you away from even starting, or you’ll never finish.

Take a Break from Social Media

Sure, you’ve gotten lots of ideas for your home from Pinterest. But the reality is that social media is a HUGE time suck. Once you get started, hours can go by without you even realizing it. While looking at the latest cute cat photos and ranting in social groups about politics or sports can be cathartic, nothing will beat the sense of accomplishment you will feel when you finish your home projects! So take a break from social media, and give yourself back some time to work on your project. If you think you will find it too hard to break the habit cold turkey, at least commit to 2-3 days per week of social media freedom. You may find you like it, it! And in the end, you will have moved your home one step closer to being your dream home!

Take advantage of shopping delivery options

Whether you shop every day, or just once a week, how much time do you think you spend buying food for your family? Many people spend a couple of hours a week (sometimes more), traveling to the grocery store, shopping, checking out, and driving back home. You can free up that couple hours a week by taking advantage of grocery delivery services. Chances are, you are already online check ads, clipping coupons, and making lists, anyway. Just go the step further to place the order online, voila!  You now have extra time in your week for working on a home project.

Get the kids involved

Studies indicate that women may spend anywhere from 16-25 hours/week working around the house. This includes, cleaning, light maintenance, and cooking meals. This is on top of often working a 40-hour or more work week. With the kids home from school over the summer, why not enlist their help? Kids can benefit greatly from having household responsibilities, and it keeps them from going on a daily Netflix binge. By sharing the load, you can free up several hours to work on a household project. Just make a chore chart and assign specific chores for each day to each kid. There are even apps that will allow you manage WiFi access, so you can turn on the WiFi as soon as the chores are done! You can even enlist older kids to help with the remodel or household project – what a great opportunity to teach tool safety and give them an opportunity to learn lifelong skills!

Don’t Be Afraid to Say “No”

You don’t have to go to every luncheon, pool party, or BBQ you are invited to. If you have a project you want to get done, and need the time to dedicate to it, then your friends and family will understand if you get a little selective in accepting invitations for a few weeks. Just invite them all over for a gathering after the remodel is done, to show off all your hard work!

By cutting time from other less-important aspects of life, you’ll find that you have a plethora amount of time available for you. You’ll be able to put that time into the other things that you have been hoping to accomplish. So, take a break and allow yourself the time that you need to make your home into the home that you want.

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