Of all the printable requests I receive, a project planner/checklist is one of the most common and frequent! While I tend to take on and complete projects in a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants fashion, I acknowledge that some projects (especially big ones!) would go a lot smoother with a little bit of planning and organization. Happy to fulfill reader requests and get my own system in order, I set out to design a simple little project checklist. A few hours and a bunch of new ideas later, my one-page checklist turned into an adorable 5-page project planner that I can’t wait to start using pronto!
From inspiration to measurements, useful links to fabric samples, budget to schedules, there are a lot of factors that play into any DIY project, large or small. To save yourself time, money, headaches, and extra trips to the store, try planning out your project before you start! These pretty worksheets will make the tedious task a little more fun, don’t you think!?!?
Whether your next project is a big room overhaul or a simple sewing project, these worksheets will help you detail out your plan, supply list, schedule, inspiration, budget and more! Taking on a smaller project? Use my single-sheet project planner to hash out the basic details! Taking on a large build or renovation? My 5-page planner will help you work through and keep track of all the various and tedious details!
I see myself using this one-sheet version a lot! Quite often, I have multiple projects going…all with different priorities, deadlines, supply needs, and time requirements. All too often, I find myself running back and forth to the store (sometimes multiple times a day!) because I didn’t plan out everything I needed for each project and what my schedule was for completing each one. This worksheet is now my one-stop shop for thinking through a project BEFORE I begin! Sure there will be modifications along the way, but allowing myself 10 minutes to work through my ideas (and assess the time and supplies I have!) will hopefully save me some headaches long the way! The one-page planner has these categories:
- Description – Jot down a quick description of the project…include colors, textures, inspirations, and desired look/feel of the finished product
- Schedule – I’m not suggesting you plan your project down to the minute, but determining what needs to happen when will allow you to anticipate longer tasks, dry times, etc.
- Resources – Is there an online tutorial you’re going to follow? Are you going to buy hardware from a specific dealer? Here’s a great place to jot those resources down!
- Notes – Use this space for anything you need to remember: paint colors, dry times, measurements, and more
- Supplies – Detail out everything you will need to accomplish your project and be sure to check it off when you either 1) determine you already have it or 2) buy it!
- Tasks – Write down each step of your project, preferably in order, to help you anticipate roadblocks or time sucks as to accomplishing your project!
The 5-Page Project Planner
The 5-page planner includes many of the same categories as the 1-page planner, but gives you the space to flesh out more details! The Inspiration page includes large boxes to sketch out or describe your project, list resources (books, stores, websites, magazines) that you can refer to during the project, as well as notes for measurements, paint colors, and more. A full-page To-Do List helps you track every single task on larger projects, and a full-page Notes sheet serves as a place to scribble down anything necessary!
Both the Project Schedule and Project Budget are presented in single-page, landscape-formatted worksheets. There is plenty of space to detail everything you want and need to keep your project on track!
I couldn’t help designing a cute little cover for this printable kit. It’s available in full sheet size; I just trimmed my down and layered it over pretty paper for my binder cover.
Speaking of binders, I think these worksheets would be great loaded into a binder for easy access and reference (plus you can then easily add extra worksheets as you need them!) Print out a set of worksheets for each project you’re working on. Use dividers to organize your plans for each and every project you have going on!
Another advantage of using a binder system is that it can become a one-stop shop for everything and anything you need to accomplish your project. Tape on paint swatches and fabric samples to the inspiration pages…
…and include page protectors to hold receipts for any project supplies! When it comes time to return an item or tally the final budget, you won’t have to go looking for lost receipts!
I am especially excited to have this printable kit ready to go as we gear up to move into our next home and take on some new room makeovers. With a few copies of this kit printed out and loaded into a binder, I’ll be able to track ideas, plans, samples, and costs for each room…to hopefully stay on track and stay a little more sane as I work through a long list of projects!
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I’d love to hear how you get and keep yourself organized for DIY projects, big or small! If you have a secret or useful tip, share in the comments below!
Coming up on Thursday, I’m closing out my 1 Dresser, 4 Totally Temporary Transformations series with a re-cap and vote! See you back here then!
P.S. Are you a sewer? This project planner has now been customized for sewing projects! See more details here.Posted In 7 - Toolbox Sample Pages, Craft Organization, Kansas, Organization, Printables, The Organization Toolbox, Tips & Tricks