Organizing Home Improvement Projects

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Have a large job, that is too big for you to tackle on your own, and you can't afford a pro to do it?? Trade it for a donation.

I once had a vacant rental house painted by calling a local church and asking if their youth group would be interested in painting it for a donation. Turns out they were trying to raise funds for a missions trip. I paid them $500 and provided the paint and brushes. The pros wanted $2000 to paint it. It took 25 kids (high school and college) 4 hours and it was done and was a very good job. Win-Win for both parties.

I had a shed that needed to be built. The local FFA goes to Louieville, KY every other year. I called the FFA teacher at the school and, on a Saturday afternoon, 15 boys came and built the shed in about 3 hours for a $300 donation. I already had all the supplies. A local handyman wanted $600 and told me it would take him 4-5 days to do it.

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May 11, 2006

Here is a system I use for cataloging and keeping track of the many household projects I wish to complete. First, buy a notebook and insert page dividers; writing the names of each room on the dividers. Place several sheets of notebook paper behind each divider.


Now, go through your home and list the projects you would like to do, and list the things you would like to purchase for that room. For example: paint walls, new rug, and new window treatments.

You do not have to limit it to just main rooms. Include closets, storage areas, garage, even the laundry room. You can even move outside and include landscaping projects, etc. This systems allows you to see what actually needs to be done and it can free your mind of having to constantly remember and remind yourself of the task at hand.

By Marnita from Cumming, GA

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