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Maintaining your Home & Yard and other “Handyman Stuff” is not as hard as you think — in this post, I am going to teach you how!

I bet that you are like me, and there are a few things around the house that drive you crazy every time you see them.

They are probably things that you either a) can’t fix on your own, or b) haven’t set aside the time to fix them.  Some things that often crop up for me in my life are:  loose hardware on cabinets, sticky windows, burnt out light bulbs, dull knives, deep cleaning of the fridge….

How to Become Your Own “Facilities Manager”

Today, I want to give you the tools as to how you can become your own Facilities Manager, using a proven technique that has given me success personally and professionally on how to easily maintain the physical parts of a home.

As an Estate Management professional, one of the most important “tricks” that I have adopted to ensure smooth functioning homes, is to schedule time to do a “walk-thru” of the facilities.  (Ahem, in Aimee speak, that’s “Facilities Management”)

Yup, with a clipboard & pen I objectively look at everything from a 3rd party point of view.  I examine every nook and cranny, closet & cabinet inside the house.  And then I walk around the yard & garden, and also examine the outside.  After I have done this, then I can calmly make a plan for the next action steps.

For me, pen to paper is always so enlightening.  If I fall victim to the belief that  when I come across something that needs attention when I go about my day and think “Oh, this thing needs to be fixed!  I’ll just remember this!” as things come up on a day to day basis, I am so, so, so, sorely mistaken!

However, once I have it all on paper, it is much more manageable for me to take action.  It is after I do this that I can then segment it:  the items that I can take care of, and which are the items I will need to hire a professional, which items are urgent, which items can wait, which items are a bigger project that I will need to carve out a lot of time to complete, and which items I will need to set aside money and create a realistic budget before starting.

How do I do my own “walk-thru”?

No matter how large or “cozy” your home is (even if you rent!), a walk-thru is a hugely successful tool for any busy person.  Anyone can do it.  Just grab a pen and paper, and go through your home, room by room, examining everything like you were an inspector.  If it helps, pretend I was at your house…think: “What would Aimee notice?”

The first time you do it, if you do it properly, it might take over an hour.  This is totally normal.  Don’t skimp just because you’ve convinced yourself that you’re too busy — you need to remember that by your taking your time to do this, you’re saving yourself time in the future.

Also, when you go through your home with a fine tooth comb, it is also giving yourself the opportunity to be pro-active, and possibly avoiding the big kahuna of disasters in the first place!  So uncovering a potential problem in advance not only saves you lots of time, but lots-o-moolah.

But the next step is the real key:  To do it regularly!  I suggest that you put it into your calendar for 1x a month to start, just so you get into the habit.  Maybe you adjust it to once a season.  Maybe you need it every two weeks.  You know your home best.  It  really depends on how much it gets used.  As a general rule of thumb, the more people in your home (guests included….and every child under 18 equals 5x as much wear and tear as an adult!) usually means that it requires more maintenance.  So you be your best judge.

NOW IT IS YOUR TURN, SIMPLE LIVING SEEKER:   What fix-its” drive you crazy in your home?  How do you go about taking care of “fix-its” in your home? Let me know what you think of this article by leaving a comment in the section below.  Oh, and if you liked this article, please share it!

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Mary November 8, 2012 at 11:42 am

The Nudge helped me finally take care of something that was bothering me for ages: nice looking windows! I bought and installed 8 out of 9 curtains and our place feels cozy, stylish and comfortable. It’s nice to take care of the home space, and I am interested in the walk through idea.

Aimee November 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm

Yay, Mary! I am so glad that this article was helpful, and that The Nudge helped pushed you over the edge to “get it done”. Its taking care of the little things in the house that makes all the difference.

Jessica November 21, 2012 at 7:31 am

I love that you mentioned lightbulbs, Aimee! They’ve always been something I avoid, even though they’re not terribly difficult to change. About a year ago, I decided to change them the moment they burned out and it makes such a difference. Now, when I switch on a light, there’s not that reminder, “One more thing you need to remember to do…” It seems like such a small thing, but it’s definitely made a difference for me.

Aimee November 22, 2012 at 4:54 am

Hey, Jessica: I am so glad that you had had enough and you were willing to “Get it Done!”. Small things make *all* the difference for busy people. Great work! And thanks for the comment.

Aimee May 18, 2013 at 2:25 pm

Thanks, Jessica! Taking action on the small things do make all the difference. Even as “trivial” as they may seem. Right?

Aimee May 18, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Yay! So glad that The Nudge is working for you, Mary. Living in a home that you love is such a sweet feeling.

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