I have to admit that I used to be awful at setting goals. Not just goals for my home, but goals for anything. Goals for my business, goals for my family life, financial goals. You name it, I would avoid setting goals wherever I could.

Goals to me were a form of straightjacket. A sure-fire way to put a lid on creativity and spontaneity. 

And of course, if I didn’t meet the goals I set, they were also a marker of failure.

So you can see why I never set goals for myself.

However, when I met my husband, I started to see a different way of looking at things. You see, he is a goal setter. He plans out his work, his finances, he even has a “bucket list” of things that he’d like to experience and places he’d like to visit.

And I have to say, that over the years, all of this goal setting has rubbed off on me as I’ve seen the positive impact that it has.   

Rather than being a straightjacket, having a plan means that you can achieve what you want to. It actually enables your goals, and gives you freedom. The opposite of what I thought it did!

When it comes to decorating our homes, having a plan is an absolutely essential tool. And it saddens me because I see so many people skipping the planning process time and time again.

Not planning is one of the biggest mistakes that people can make when it comes to decorating their homes!

Of course, achieving the home of your dreams is not as easy as just saying what you want to happen. You need to have a plan in place, to make sure that your goals area realistic and achievable. 

Let’s take a look at how to create a home decor plan for the coming year:

1. Be clear about what you want to achieve

Ideas in our head like, “I want a beautiful home” are not specific enough. Of course, we’d all like a beautiful home, but this is too wafty, too hazy, too fuzzy an idea. We need to get clear. Specify which room you want to tackle and commit to decorating that space from start to finish before you move onto the next. Get clear about how you want the space to feel and look, and create a design board before you make any purchases. If you’re not sure where to start, grab my free roadmap below to walk you through the stages, or book me in for a consultation >>here<<. 

2. Communicate and Agree a Plan

If you share your home with a partner, you need to discuss which rooms or projects you are going to tackle. Clear communication is key here, and the more specific you each are about what you want to achieve, the greater chance your project has of success. Keep a list of “must do” projects and a secondary list of “would be nice to do” if time and resources allow.

3. Agree a budget for each project

Nothing scuppers a project faster than running out of money part way through, and nothing ruins the enjoyment of decorating a room more than arguing with your partner about how much the project will cost. Agreeing a budget up front, with costs assigned to all decorating tasks as well as furniture and accessories will make your project smoother. Always allow a 10% contingency on top of your budget in case of any unexpected expenses.

4. Set a time plan for each project- include all the steps that need to happen

Not only do all good projects need a budget, they also need a time plan. Make a list of all of the tasks that need to happen to bring your project in, and then look at your calendar to see when it is a good time to start a project. If you have a holiday or an important business event in the middle of your project, you may want to delay the start. As with your budget, allow some extra time in your plan in case anything gets delayed part way through.

5. Get going!

Finally, once you have made all of the plans, you need to actually take action and get going with your project!

Remember, if you’d like a helping hand before you start your project, come and book me for a 20 minute consultation here, to make sure you’re on the right path. 

Good luck with your project!

Until next time x


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