To-do Lists

I’m curious how everyone handles house to-do lists. I’m not talking about ‘to-do’ chores like laundry, I mean ‘to-do’ lists like household improvements such as changing out old, dated electrical covers, renting a steam cleaner for the carpets, etc.

We used to handle projects as we came across them, but decided to change things up a bit this year. It always felt as though we weren’t getting ahead, so this year, we decided to make a list of everything that we wanted to complete on the house. Then we broke it down to the things that are necessities listed at the top.

Overall, our house only needs cosmetic updates and since we spend so much time outside in the summer we have a couple of projects that will be done first. For some reason, we have a foot-high gap at the bottom of our fence and there are a few bigger dogs in the neighbourhood that love to run around. The dogs are friendly, but we have one (soon to be two) small girls running around and we want them to feel safe in their backyard, so at the top of our list is fixing the fence so nothing can get in to the yard.

From there, we will be emptying the sandbox in the yard and refilling it then building a cover to keep our cats out. The previous owners left it open as their kids were older and they didn’t use it and with the gap under the fence the rabbits have made it their bathroom. Our daughter is more active in the yard this year so we want to make sure that her play areas are more safe or her.

And lastly, and maybe the most fun project this summer will be a redesign of our back deck. The deck isn’t falling apart, but one of the previous owners put varnish on it and every time it rains, it becomes an ice rink. We will also be making a few adjustments so that it works more efficiently.

Our list is a little long, but it covers everything we want to do in the house. It will be nice to see the items being crossed off the list.

So how do you handle your to-do’s? Do you do things as you see them, or knock them off of your list?

Sheri Landry

Sheri publishes, and writes at This Bird’s Day where she shares all of the thoughts in her head without the voices. Sticking mainly with content for Canadians, Sheri shares family stories, product information and anything that fits into her (and her family’s) daily activities.

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  • Soozle May 13, 2011, 6:10 pm

    You and me both :-) I actually always add smaller projects onto the list (like cleaning the shower) so I actually see progress, verses just large projects where I may feel like I am getting NOTHING done!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 14, 2011, 8:39 am

      This is sad, but I used to put ‘make a list’ at the top of my list so I could cross one off right away and get motivated to do the rest.

      • Soozle May 14, 2011, 4:49 pm

        Haha! I love it! :-) I may have to start doing that myself!

  • Soozle May 12, 2011, 4:33 pm

    I *love* making to-do lists (as sad as that sounds!) – I just grab a sheet of paper and pen down the things that need to be done and tackle them as I see fit – it may not be in order or take care of some larger projects, but it still feels great to tackle things off the list!

    • Sheri Landry Sheri May 12, 2011, 5:12 pm

      I love the feeling of looking at our list and scratching each item off. That is why I’m big on grocery lists, I love crossing off the last item and looking at my completed list.

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