Your home is full of potential. Your endless list of decorating and remodeling ideas is proof.
But where to start?
Which projects are worth your time and money?
How are you ever going to get it all done?
Cue the overwhelm...
With a plan.
Most people don’t take the time to plan home projects. They start projects on a whim and leave them half-finished when time or money runs out. It doesn’t have to be that way.
I used to feel stuck in my home too. I was managing complex projects and budgets at work but couldn’t complete a simple kitchen makeover at home. That is until I brought my work home with me—applying project management to my home projects.
With over ten years of experience in project management for multi-million dollar software development projects, I know a thing or two about planning and finishing projects.
Whether it's a DIY project, a room makeover, or a renovation, the basic steps are the same.
The truth is…
You can’t do all the projects. But if at any given moment, you know which home project to tackle next and how to complete it successfully, then you can…
Let's give that idea list of yours some structure. Let’s strategize how to make the best improvements a reality in your home.
"This project management class was brilliant and applicable well beyond decorating!"
Along with the 60-minute video class showing you how to plan and manage home projects, you'll also get the Project Home ebook and seven worksheets that will guide you step-by-step through your entire project (and you’ll be able to come back to these resources for every new project).
TIME: 60 mins + 108-page eBook (PDF format)
SKILL LEVEL: Beginner to Intermediate
Worksheets to help you plan and manage your home projects:
"The most helpful part of this video class was realizing that completing home projects should involve more planning and less shopping, or planning then shopping instead of “oh I want/need x for this room” and then put that on the shopping list. I can’t wait to use the worksheets and do my homework to actually see what projects I should do, which ones I need to ignore and how to plan for success!"
One of the best ways is to create a project plan. Sharing a detailed plan that shows you've thought of everything can get even the most reluctant partner to reconsider. You could also create the plan together, so they feel involved from the get-go. One of the worksheets included in this class is the Project Charter—a one-page document to help you get on the same page (literally!) about the most important details of your project.
Even before you start planning a specific project, include the whole family in the project prioritization process taught in this class. It's a guided method to help you objectively decide which projects are the most important and which one you should do first. Instead of having conflicting ideas about what to do next, you'll have a ranked list of projects you can all agree on.
"What a great class and just in time for our (must do) bathroom mini makeover! I think the most helpful part is going to be defining the scope and costs. I hope it helps convincing my husband ;)."
I used to do that when my kids were little. I focused only on projects I could complete during naptime. But after a while I realized what I had time to complete and felt like doing during naps, weren't the projects that added any value to my life or home. It's more important to work on a project that adds value and improves your quality of life—even if you can't finish it on one naptime, or one weekend. The time is going to pass anyway. Don't waste it on non-value added projects.
What Students Say About This Class + eBook
"This is THE perfect resource for managing DIY home projects! Having just purchased my first home, I had a million ideas of how to make it my own. However, I quickly felt overwhelmed at the prospect of getting everything done and had no idea where to start. With helpful, step-by-step instructions (including worksheets and videos), this will get you motivated to do projects you've been putting off, as well as keep you on track throughout the process. A must-have for all DIY-ers!"
- Tracy B.
"Jackie makes home project management easy to understand and follow so you can get the important things done and spend less time fretting over all the things you never have time to do and more time sculpting a home you love."
- Danielle B.
"Jackie's method of planning a home-full of projects is completely intentional and organized. Jackie has a background in project management and really breaks it down step by step for people who have no experience with project constraints, budgets, and schedules. There are several worksheets that are helpful for walking through these steps. I now have a plan to make a list of all of the projects I'd like to complete and I'll be able to be so much more intentional about prioritizing, managing, and completing them."
- Ginny R.
Jackie Hernandez teaches women the science behind the art of decorating so they can create a beautiful, meaningful home, even if they aren’t creative. Jackie founded School of Decorating to bridge the gap between "designer" and "homemaker." As a wife, mother of two boys, and a small business owner that works from home, she knows how important it is to make your home fit you.