Tips for Painting, Cleaning, and Organizing Your Home

by Trudy Risedorf 07/14/2019

There's no question about it: Being a homeowner can be a very satisfying and rewarding experience! However, enjoying that added privacy, control over your environment, and pride of ownership does not come without a price.

When you go from being a renter to an owner, a lot of things change! In additional to being responsible for property maintenance, repairs, and improvements, home ownership requires an investment of time. For many people, devoting a block of time to painting a room, organizing a closet, or cleaning out the basement can be the trickiest part of getting a project done!

One of the biggest obstacles to starting a home project is the natural human tendency to procrastinate -- especially if the project infringes on your relaxation or recreation time! On the other hand, the satisfaction you'll experience when the job is done will more than justify the time and effort. The overriding question is: "How can I motivate myself to tackle the project and get it done?" While there isn't a one-size-fits-all approach to self-motivation, here are a few ideas which might help!

Create a To-Do List: Writing down a list of priorities and revising it several times a week is a tried-and-proven method of getting things done around the house. Writing down your short-term (and long-term) goals engages your attention, serves as a visual reminder, and sets an intention for taking action. When you create a to-do list and look at it a couple times a day, it helps to focus your mind on what you want to accomplish. By organizing your thoughts, it makes it much easier to organize your home and your life. It's definitely not a panacea for all of life's ills, but it can be a darn good starting point!

Announce Your Intentions: Once you tell your spouse, your best friend, or your mother that you're going to clean out your garage or paint the spare room on Saturday, it makes it a little harder to wiggle out of it -- especially, if you've used that project as a reason for declining an invitation or postponing a favor. By stating your intention, it's almost like you're promising to do something. Since most of us are inclined to live up to our promises, announcing your intentions to complete -- or at least start -- a home-improvement or organizing project may be all it takes to get the ball rolling!

Buy or Gather the Supplies: Whether you need supplies for cleaning, painting, or screen repair, having them on hand will make it much easier to get started. On the other hand, not having them in the house makes it all-too-convenient to say, "I'll get to it tomorrow!" And as you may know, "tomorrow" either never comes or it turns into "next year!"

About the Author
Author

Trudy Risedorf

 

When I first started my adventures in real estate my ultimate desire was to have the opportunity to be a valued member of  a highly regarded real estate company whose reputation is one of excellence .  I'm proud to say, I have been a valuable Realtor at Emerson Realtors for 5yrs. Emerson Realtors has been #1 in our market place for many years. For the past couple of years, I'm honored to maintain Top Producer level.

 "Real estate is my life, it is my day job if you will, but it consumes my nights and weekends too." (Ivanka Trump) Although that quote resonates with my day to day, I make it a point to remind myself that the decision to buy, sell and or invest in real estate is likely one of the most important decisions one will make.  As a Realtor, I listen and define my clients wants and needs as well as study and know the market. With my industry experience and dedication, I am able to get you the GREATEST RETURN.

With a son in elementary school, I am very active in the Auburn Community. I belong to the Auburn & Worcester Chamber of Commerce where I chair a  Business Referral Group. I also belong to a Community Action Committee through the Board of Realtors.  

I want to thank you for reading my abbreviated bio. I hope to have the pleasure of meeting with you real soon.... Best Regards, Trudy