One thing about having more space (or stuff) is that it also means you have more to take care of. Since we don’t have an HOA breathing down our necks, the only people we are accountable to for keeping the property nice is us. And I love it! No excuses.
That being said, we know that not everything is going to be the way we like it right away. We are going at this with the long-run in mind. We’re fine taking baby steps as long as we also make sure that we are working steadily toward where we want to take things.
So we drafted up a little, simple plan to help us stay on track. Funny enough, this is pretty much the same way we started planning for a move to a small farm (which you can read about here).
The Plan in 3 Easy Steps
We knew that getting the house and property in shape would require regular, recurring jobs (which we call “Jobs”) and bigger, one-time improvement projects (“projects”). So here is how we tackled the plan:
We created two columns: One for regular Jobs and one for Projects.
We brainstormed a list of jobs and a list of projects–we just put them in any order.
Once we ran out of ideas, we created a Job schedule (by days of the week) and prioritized the Projects (↑ for high priority, – for medium, and ↓ for low).
I’ll show you what we came up with:
The Job Schedule
Some of the jobs have to be done daily (D), such as feeding and cleaning up after the cat. Others are on a weekly or monthly basis. We thought it would be fun to try to group jobs into little themes to help everyone remember what needs to be done that day. Here are some we came up with:
- Mowing Monday — the lawn gets mowed.
- Water Wednesday — We irrigate the lawn from the ditch and make sure all the plants have water. I guess technically the laundry should go on Water Wednesday since it fits the theme but I’m doing it on Monday anyway. Bite me.
- Fix-it Friday — This is Leland’s brainchild. He is going to tackle 1-2 small and simple repair projects on Friday. For example, last Friday he changed a light bulb in the hall light fixture and fixed a door lock that fell off. They are not big things, but having Fix-it Friday at least reminds us to look around for those little pesky problems that are easy to overlook and put off.
- … and that’s as creative as we got. The rest of the jobs we just picked days that we thought made sense. We’re trying to avoid too many chores on Saturday because we are hoping to use that day to work on more substantial projects and for fun.
It hasn’t been that long since we implemented this plan, but I will say that my son knows everything he’s supposed to take care of on Water Wednesday. When that day rolls around he knows how to get the irrigation going and hops to it. So at least that has worked.
The Project Priorities
We are going to try to tackle most of these projects on Saturdays or evenings when Leland isn’t working. We sorted them into high, medium, and low priorities. If you are really interested in seeing what projects we have coming up in the near future, you can check the list. That will also give you a preview of some of the things we’ll be blogging about soon. Isn’t that exciting?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
The answer is “yes.”
If you don’t think the answer is yes, sound off in the comments and please provide a detailed and thorough argument and analysis in support of your position.
I just put that there because I read you are always supposed to invite comments on your blog. I couldn’t think of anything else to ask so there you go.
In all seriousness, if you haven’t taken the time to map out how you are going to tackle your projects, you should do it! It feels good to at least have a plan on paper so you can make sure you are on track. More importantly, you don’t have to feel bad about not tackling a project if you know it’s just not on your list just yet.