Are you overwhelmed just thinking about the goals for your home?
Do you struggle to determine the exact result you desire?
Shh...I have a secret I want to share with you to alleviate your stress.
Guess what? You are not alone. Many clients confide in me the same feelings that you are experiencing and seek my expertise to create a vision and plan to achieve their desired design goals successfully.
You have probably heard about S.M.A.R.T goals; and if not, don't think I am a genius that created this brilliant method.
Here is an interesting fact for all you research lovers like me. “There’s a S.M.A.R.T. Way to Write Management’s Goals and Objectives,” was published in 1981 by George T. Doran. In his paper, he introduces you to S.M.A.R.T. goals as a tool to help improve the chances of you succeeding in accomplishing your goal.
Now, it is time for you to do your homework. Ask yourself these questions. I find writing them down with pen and paper is the best way. You do remember what pen and paper are, right? They are what you used before the computer. It does require you to do some work on your own before you start any home project; but I promise you, it is going to help you gain clarity.
What the heck does S.M.A.R.T mean?
S – Specific
When you are setting a goal for your home project, be specific about what you want to accomplish. Start by asking yourself these questions.
WHO needs to be involved in achieving the goal?
Depending on your project, you might need an architect, interior designer, and/o structural engineer. Be prepared. It takes a village for your more elaborate design dreams and wishes to come true.
WHAT exactly are you trying to accomplish?
I believe it is best if you get as detailed as possible. Let's say you have decided to remodel the outdated kitchen that you are embarrassed for anyone - including your housekeeper - to see how awful it indeed is. Begin daydreaming and write your wishlist. What layout would make your life easier? Which appliances would you love to have to prepare delicious meals to share with the ones you love? How would it be organized, so you aren't always spending your time looking for it? Have you ever wanted to knock down that wall, create an island with seating, and invite others to join you in the joy of cooking? What style would best suit your home?
WHEN do you want to have to design project complete and ready to impress your friends and family?
Let's have a serious talk about this. If you are planning to host family or friends for Thanksgiving, starting your kitchen remodel in October is not going to be enough time, it is going to leave you disappointed, and you are going to be eating your Thanksgiving Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. From the initial consultation to a swoon-worthy kitchen can take anywhere from four to nine months.
WHERE do you plan to live during the construction?
If I can offer you one piece of advice: if you are planning a remodel - MOVE OUT OF YOUR HOME! Remodeling is dirty, annoying, inconvenient, and unsafe for you and your pets. It is unbearable. Do yourself a favor and save yourself some frustration and tears. I promise. You will be thanking me.
WHY is this design project personally important to you?
Author, Simon Sinek says, “Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress: working hard for something we love is called passion.”
What if you built your dream vacation home in the Hamptons that melted the stress away and brought harmony to your body and spirit?
What if you invested in yourself by creating a home wellness room, would that save you valuable time by having your trainer come to your home?
What if you created a home office, that allowed you to work from home and spend more time with your significant other?
What would get you so motivated to take on a design project, would that make your life better?
M – Measurable
You would probably agree that a project timeline and estimated budget, would be a valuable measuring stick for any design project. Projects can take a couple of months to years to complete. Having agreed upon milestones set in place for specific tasks and fees helps everyone feel involved, builds trust, and transparency about the performance of the project.
A – Achievable
How important is a goal for you? What can you do to make it attainable? It may require you changing your thoughts, your feelings, your beliefs, and your actions to get the results you desire. You want to feel inspired and motivated. Keep a list of your thoughts that might discourage you along the way to realizing your vision and improving your home and life.
R – Relevant
Focus your strategy on what makes the best sense with your broader goals and vision for your home life, professional life, and personal life. Having a 5-year and 10-year vision comes in handy when making important decisions about your home design goals. Is the home you are building going to support your aspirations in 5 years? Is this your forever home? What would your house look like now to make your daily life easier and more enjoyable? How would that same home adapt and change as you grow and evolve?
T – Time-Bound
Please be realistic about timing - for everyone involved in the project. My style is straightforward. If you ask me on November 1st to remodel and decorate your entire home for your annual holiday party on December 15th to impress your friends, we are going to have a heart-to-heart talk about your expectations.Unrealistic timelines are only going to lead to disappointment, frustration, and resentment on both sides. Instead, let me offer other solutions by providing a target date that is more realistic, so you aren't planning for 150 people to show up to your home expecting to see your new lavish style completed. Let's agree on dates for deliverables. It is imperative. Feel free to ask me specific questions about the time period and what I can realistically accomplish. It has been my experience providing time constraints creates a sense of urgency.
Look, I know you are eager to buy the sofa for the family room.
Please don't do it!
For some reason, clients always buy a sofa before they contact me. Typically, the couch is too large for the room. You are wondering why you purchased a sectional to seat half your neighborhood. You have buyers’ remorse. No one wants to feel that awful feeling. You are staring at me waiting for me to perform a design miracle. My magic fairy wand can only do some much.