A Home Improvements Checklist

Eloise Wilkin We Help Daddy
Whether you are selling your home or just need to look at your home with new eyes, here is a checklist I compiled from improving my own fixer-upper.
 Home Improvements Checklist

¨    Front door should be repainted every one or two years at most (unless it is stained wood kept in great condition)
 ¨    Add outside shutters or decorative trim
¨    Update or repaint garage door
¨    Wallpaper should be in good condition or remove it
¨    Repair nail holes, cracks, stains or repaint
¨    No leaking faucets; update faucets and fixtures that are tarnished, worn, ugly or outdated
¨    Fix broken shower doors or toilets (includes stains and hinges for toilet seats)
¨    Fix bathtub if worn, chipped or damaged; fix caulking
¨    Replace any bathroom carpet or worn linoleum with water-resistant flooring
¨    Fix creaky doors, drawers, and windows
¨    Light fixtures should be pretty and work well
¨    Paint or replace trim and baseboards if necessary
¨    Replace sagging shelving
¨    Organize closets with labeled bins, updated hangers
¨    Repaint outside and/or inside; repair walls first
¨    Beautify the front door - update doorbells, house numbers, door knockers, mailbox, kickplates, porch light - all should appear new and not tarnished - coordinate them if possible
¨    If your locks stick - fix them!
¨    Keep gutters and downspouts clean
¨    Repair floors that are worn or damaged
¨    Fix or change damaged countertops, range hoods, tile, faucets, cupboard hardware and hinges, exhaust fans, and appliances
¨    Have adequate lighting in all work areas, and reading areas
¨    Make work areas, such as the laundry room, airy and beautiful by repainting, having baskets, bins, flowers, pictures that make the area a pleasing place to work in
¨    Fix walkways, patio stones, fences, hardware, and windows
¨    Weed and mulch gardens
¨    Toss worn towels, hand towels, washrags, and bedding; replace with ones you love
¨    Put in 3 way lightbulbs
¨    If beds don't have headboards, buy them - otherwise walls get very dirty
¨    Clean dirty walls easily with a Magic Eraser
¨    Declutter, declutter, declutter!
¨    Clean, clean, clean!

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Our Year of NO

We dropped out of everything in order to clear our heads, revive our bodies, refresh our spirits and decide on what really mattered.

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No sports.
No extra classes.
No seminars.
No weekly school groups.
No monthly homeschool meetings.
No extra teaching.
No monthly field trips.
No monthly park days.
No library club.

We stopped everything except seeing my parents once a week.  We said no to everything except birthday parties and scheduled play dates.  We said no to most potlucks and most Christmas parties.

We slept in in the mornings, awakening when our bodies told us to, and never set an alarm.  What a difference that made!  We all awoke at different times, but everyone was well rested.  We all decided that getting ready for bed would be at 9:00, storytime at 9:15, and lights out at 10:00.

We began our school day at 11:00, and ended by 4:00.  This meant we had our mornings for: chores (a clean house!), decluttering, walks, dentist appts, haircuts, errands, laundry, and grocery shopping on Thursdays.

My husband and son focused on the outside of our home, and I did the KonMari method inside. 
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We read A LOT.  

We had time for our neighbors.

We had time for phone calls.

We had time for visits.

We had a few people over.

We had unrushed, day dreaming time.

We read and rested on our backyard swing.

We walked and got to know new neighbors. 

We got things DONE.

I did keep my monthly homeschooling moms book group that meets in my home, because it is enjoyable and not stressful.

Last summer we attended 2 VBS's that we really enjoyed, but not the usual 4.  This summer we only attended one.

The year is now up.  We are refreshed!  Now we are deciding on what to add back - what we missed and want to continue. 

The only thing I really missed was teaching Sunday School, and I would like to add that back in.  I will probably add in a few more field trips during the next year as well.

I don't think my husband and son want to add anything back in!

I am at the final stage of the KonMari Method - Sentimental Items.  (I will do a separate post on this method later.)  

My husband and son still have lots of outdoor projects to continue.
If you are overwhelmed with life, I highly recommend that you stay at home.

I just read a delightful post over at The Legacy of Homecalled "The House Comes First."  I highly recommend it, and agree with what she says. 

When we put our family, homes and neighbors above extracurricular activities, we make our homes a happy place and fill our lives with joy!

I value this delicious home feeling as one of the choicest gifts a parent can bestow.  ~Washington Irving