How to Tackle the Big Projects

With Pinterest, Houzz, Pottery Barn Catalogs, Home Decor Magazines and Bloggers, the inspiration is endless!

How many of you find your mind just spinning with inspiration?  Better yet, how many of you feel that you have more inspiration than time?

That’s one of the reasons that I started Pin There, Done That.  As much as I love gathering ideas, it’s even more exciting to make it happen.

Today I want to share with you a strategy for bringing your vision to reality.  Break your project down into manageable tasks.

If you put “paint the kitchen cabinets” on your to-do list, you’re going to find that “to-do” being bumped to the next week, then the next week, to the week after that…

So, instead, let’s approach the project one step at a time.  For example:

Day 1: pick out paint color

Day 2: prep cabinets

Day 3: prime

Day 4: paint

My big task this week is to finish transforming the dresser into a media stand.

You may recall that I moved that dresser into the living room a few weeks ago.  This is the week that I’m going to finish that project!  Here’s my plan:

Monday–  Find the blogger who shared a similar project to get the step by step directions on replacing the drawers with a media shelf.

Tuesday– Measure the drawer space to determine size of wood needed for media shelf.

Wednesday– Stain or paint the shelf

Thursday– Install the shelf and media equipment

Friday– Take pictures and post completed project

Saturday– Sit back and relax 😉

Until next time,



  1. Very good tidbits and suggestions that I personally should follow. I often get so excited about a redo I am working on that I overlook the planning and prep process then get frustrated when I have to run to the hardware store a gazillion times, which also slows me down and makes me even more aggitated. LOL If you break it down into more manageable tasks it is more enjoyable and actually gets done a lot quicker! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennifer, I know exactly what you mean. That’s normally how I approach projects too. I just learned these tips from my training with Stella & Dot. I implemented time-blocking into my schedule and had one of the most productive, focused weeks I’ve had in a very long time. Next week will be my first attempt at breaking a big project up into manageable tasks. I did do that with a smaller project this week (the basket copy cat) and it went very smoothly. Good luck to you!

  3. Hi Sharon, It’s Mari from Inspired by Family. For some reason I had you down for participating on our Back to School Challenge. Is that correct? I went looking for an email with you confirming and I can’t find it so now I am confused. Did you confirm that you were participating or did I make that up, lol?

  4. No, you didn’t make that up. You did get a confirmation email from me. I am just tardy in getting the money into your paypal, but will take care of it immediately. Thanks for checking with me. I am looking forward to the Back to School challenge. I’m so glad to be a part of it.


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