No matter whether you are facing a design project as little as remodeling a powder bath or as big as decorating a whole house from scratch you’ve got to get organized. Each project has many smaller projects within it, so things can get very confusing what if you haven’t prioritized each and everything it takes to bring a project to completion. If you already have interior design ideas the process will be much easier. Prioritizing is a project itself with several important steps which cannot be skipped. Once done, prioritizing will get you on your way to an organized and successful project.
Start a Design Journal
If you haven’t already started one, you’ll need to get one as soon as possible. Choose a notebook that is big enough to hold your master list of design projects and steps as well as tear sheets of your favorite rooms, colors, styles and decorating ideas from your shelter magazines. Simply tear out the pages and glue to notebook pages for later reference. Determine Your Needs To find out what you are going to need to complete your project, visit the room or rooms you plan to redesign and answer the following questions:
- What activities do you do in there?
- Is it a high traffic area?
- Are children and pets a consideration?
- What is the main purpose of your project?
- What are all the steps you need to take to complete the project? (Calling contractors, protecting wood floors, removing furniture, etc.)
- If your project is DIY then you’ll need to write down all the materials it will take to get the job done. (at this point give it your best guess)
Write the answers down in your journal. Once you’ve answered these questions you will have your master list already created. Be sure to categorize your list into interior, exterior and landscape projects.
Rank By Priority
Take you master list and give each item a ranking from 1 to 5, with 1 being the highest priority and 5 lowest. The number 1’s on your list you will want to get started on right away, for example if your project isn’t a DIY you’ll need to interview contractors first or interior designers.
Next rank your items by project type: DIY for do it yourself; E for experts; Dual for those that will take effort from both yourself and an expert. An expert is going to be a contractor, interior designer or a decorator who provides a specialized service such as den design.
Now you’ll want to rank each item for cost with 1 being high cost and 3 least expensive. After ranking by cost you should be able to create a budget for your project. Taking the time upfront to prioritize your design projects ensures you’ll have less mistakes and a more successful finish.
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