DIY Home Tips for Tackling the “Honey-Do” List Before Spring

Spring dreaming?  That means it’s time to think about spring cleaning! 

Now, about that “Honey-do” list that your spouse or significant other expects you to complete before spring makes an appearance on Tuesday, March 20th.

Find a little inspiration before you tackle your honey-do list, and spring chores can actually be enjoyable!

Stuck with the “Honey-do” list?... have you even thought about tackling that yet?

Spring 2012 will be here before you know it, so it’s time to put your thinking cap on and decide how you’re going to tackle your spring to do list as a self-proclaimed do-it-yourselfer.

Common DIY home projects, as seen on the (dreaded) “Honey-do” list:

  • Install shelving and hanger rods
  • Install door knobs, locks and deadbolts
  • Replace exhaust fans and covers
  • Install smoke detectors
  • Repair or replace broken tiles
  • Install ceramic tiles
  • Replace sink fixtures
  • Caulk tubs, sinks and tiles
  • Replace lighting fixtures
  • Fix broken drawers
  • Repair broken fences and gates
  • Paint doors, windows, trim, rooms, or your home’s exterior
  • Replace garage door springs
  • Clean and repair rain gutters
  • Clean and lubricate sliding doors
  • Doesn’t the spring to-do list seem to go on, and on?

Whether you have spring home maintenance to tackle, spring cleaning and organization chores, or you’re not even sure what home projects need priority, we’re here to help you out.  We don’t believe that you should have to dread your spring to-do list!

The following article from PGEverydaySolutions.comoffers a few excellent DIY home tips to make tackling your honey-do list a little easier… and a lot less dreadful.  If you’re a do-it-yourselfer with a long list of spring cleaning chores ahead of you, sift through these DIY tips for some inspiration (and maybe a sigh of relief).

Get Motivated to Tackle Your To-do List

Spring is here and you've got about a million and one things you want to get done around the house. So before you get overwhelmed by the mounting tasks, give yourself some inspiration to accomplish your goals. Take some time out to strategize about how best to accomplish your to-do list, and try these helpful, motivating tips:

Ask yourself why.

Try switching your focus from what you have to do ("I've got to clean the garage, move the bikes, get rid of boxes, ugh!") to the reason why you're beginning the project. Concentrating on the why ("I'm cleaning out the garage so I can actually fit my car in here!") can get you excited about the end result.

Do 10 jumping jacks.

You remember these from grade school — jumping jacks are the perfect way to get your blood pumping. Using almost every major muscle group in your body, a quick set of 10 can energize you and help you focus. As always, you should consult your physician before beginning any new exercise regimen.

Prioritize fun.

Spend five minutes in the morning prioritizing your day. It will help you set realistic timelines and make your tasks easier to accomplish. Plus, it gives you the chance to put the most interesting or easiest project first — starting off your day on the right note.

Call in the reinforcements.

Calling on a good friend to help with one of your least favorite tasks can make the drudgery fun before you know it. Even if it's running errands, you're more than likely to have a friend or two who needs to go to the post office, drugstore or the cleaners. While you're out you can pick up a thank-you card ....

Promise yourself a treat.

While the thought of a slice of pie may not be enough to get you to jump at the prospect of washing windows, you may want to ask yourself — and your pocketbook — how much you saved by doing the project yourself. From edging the yard to cleaning out the gutters, you may be surprised to find that your to-do list tasks saved you a nice chunk of money. Whether it's a manicure or a nice dinner out, you deserve a special treat!

Work, family and the daily demands of life can turn a simple honey-do list into a never-ending battle with time (or lack of, for that matter).  We hope that this article on DIY home projects will take some stress off your plate.

And when it comes to your spring cleaning honey-do list, you know you should give The Maids a call!  Our professional, licensed maids will come to your home to help you tackle your spring cleaning so you have one less thing to worry about.  See how we’re always thinking green, and exactly which areas of your home we can tackle for you!