Inspiration can be found everywhere you look—even during the middle of winter.

Here are five pieces of motivational advice to help you stay on track and achieve your goals when working on home improvement projects:

  1. Focus on one task at a time and set realistic goals for the time you have available. Avoid feeling overwhelmed by trying to do too much at once.

  2. Share your progress with others. If you're working on a specific project, talk it through with your partner and show them what you're doing. This will help you feel appreciated and more motivated to get even more done.

  3. Keep in mind that by maintaining your home, you're also teaching your kids good habits.

  4. Create a comfortable and inviting space for yourself. Having a positive environment will help you stay motivated.

  5. Break tasks down into smaller parts and make a list to keep track of your progress. This will make the project feel more manageable.

To help you stay on track, we've provided a monthly home improvement checklist to use as a guide. By completing these tasks each month, you can keep your maintenance schedule on track and save both time and money. This comprehensive home maintenance checklist includes:

  • *Inspecting and cleaning the furnace filter to remove dust build-up, regulate temperature, decrease energy bills.
  • *Checking the water softener and replenishing salt as needed.
  • *Cleaning faucet aerators and shower heads to remove mineral deposits.
  • *Inspecting tub and sink drains for debris and unclogging if necessary.
  • *Testing smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and ground-fault circuit interrupters.
  • *Inspecting electrical cords for wear.
  • *Vacuuming heat registers and vents.
  • *Checking that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked.
  • *Flushing out hot water from the water heater to remove accumulated sediment.
  • *Cleaning the garbage disposal by grinding ice cubes, then flushing with hot water and baking soda.