Getting Organized: Making a Project List

The problem we keep trying to escape from: we have an enormous amount to do and with 4 kids under age 10, a 4-H club, various communities, and a full-time job between us, we realized we needed to get organized and plan out our projects. The goal: a clean an organized household that can be staged to sell and that will provide us with a place to experiment with growing food for ourselves and others. Our strategy to achieve that goal: We will start by organizing our current positions loosely using the KonMari method and then spend a year completing our comprehensive list of household projects.

Our property can logically be divided into 19 spaces. Outside we have: west side yard rose garden, hospitality garden, microfarm, the west front yard, the front porch, the back deck, the driveway, the east back yard, the pergola, and the east front yard. Inside we have: kitchen, garage, dining room, entryway, bathroom, living room, playroom, nursery, and master suite. Our entire property is only 7,400 sqft. I shudder to think about the gargantuan task of organizing and completing a project list of the much larger space that we want to eventually move onto.

We listed all the projects that we could think of for each space. Then we compiled each list into one giant 114 item list, alphabetized and removed the few redundancies, and assigned each project a type (woodworking, organizing, planting, etc.), primary material, finish, and priority (0-3). After playing with sorting the list in various ways, we consolidated the projects into groups of similar projects. Here is our list of 46 projects. We will attempt to do one project every week following 6 weeks of organizing our house.

  • Drawer Dividers, Cleaning Cupboard, Kids’ Closet
  • Playroom Shelves, 4-H Shelving, Homeschool Shelving, Kids’ Tool Shelf
  • Chicken Coop, Farm Storage Cupboard
  • Laundry Basket Holder, Living Room Bookshelves, Towel Shelves, Bedside Bookshelves, Garage Pantry Shelf, Dining Room Shelves, Livingroom Console Table
  • Kids’ Beds, Garage Table and Chairs, Outdoor Textile Storage, Art Supply Shelf, Back Pack Box
  • Deck Fence, Fairy Garden Fence, Front porch fence, Deck Steps
  • Litterbox Cupboard, Cat Tree
  • Outdoor Sectional
  • Rose Irrigation, Side yard Roses and companions, Berries
  • Gravel and Planks
  • Emergency Kits
  • Towel Racks
  • Retaining Wall Fence
  • Office shed trim
  • Potato Bags
  • Garage Projector
  • 12V Board
  • Kids and Kitchen Flower Garden
  • Vermiculture
  • Weather Station
  • Fermentation Corner
  • Aquaponics
  • FarmOS
  • Grill Counter, Deck Sink Counter
  • Brili Pi
  • Master Headboard and Room decorations
  • Nursery Window Shades, Playroom Window Shade, French Door Shades, Window Privacy screen
  • Garage Rug, Entry Rug, Playroom Rug
  • East Back side clean-up, Landscaping, Fixing fence gate
  • Trash Bin fence
  • Fruit Tree Companions, Hospitality Edibles, Front Porch Vines
  • Outdoor Rinse-off Shower, Rain Barrels, Deck Sink
  • Outdoor table and chairs, Micro Farm Landing Pad
  • Seed Tray Shelves, Vertical Garden
  • Farmbot bed, Fence side bed
  • 2 Coffee Tables and Side Table
  • Indoor Couch, King-sized Bed, Playroom Bench
  • Firepit, Stone Entry Pillars, Archway Entry
  • Pergola Shade
  • Bamboo Planter Facade
  • Cat fountain
  • Dining Table Centerpiece
  • Indoor Vertical Garden
  • 4 Judica Pictures, Bathroom Artwork, Educational Artwork, Family Pictures, Nursery Artwork
  • Kitchen Curtains, Livingroom Tuffets
  • Playhouse, Water Table, Club house climber