How to use GTD to plan and complete a very big project?
Maybe this is really an area of focus--Total home re-organization and absorption of two adults into the household!
After many years of discussion, the time has come and in a month or two are going to be absorbing two older adults into our home--who at this point are able-bodied and active. Each has pared down quite a bit and will sacrifice or contribute any of their furniture as needed. However, they will not part with the items that make themselves the individuals they are. One has many reference books and research files that are actively used but has reduced the books to 8,000 linear feet, 4 file cabinets, a desk and a desk-top computer The other has many interests, such as photography, knitting, sewing on a machine to be kept set up, and doing yoga to DVDs (needs TV and large mirror), also wants a desk and desk-top computer. Their cloths are pretty pared down to a few outfits for each season. They also have between them quite a few guitars, banjos, and fiddles, and recorders.
They will be sharing a bedroom but it is too small for anything but their cloths, beds and a vanity/medicine chest (to reduce competition for the bathroom space).
Our kids will be doubling up. We have to fit two kids stuff in one room--books, cloths, sports stuff. Thankfully, they use laptops and can park themselves anywhere.
So we need to:
1) Re-distribute the functions of the remaining rooms-- these were ill-defined and unsatisfactory to begin with.
2) Determine what furniture fits into what room and suits the room's activities. This seems the hardest since we do not have the functions determined!
3) Maximize opportunities for bookshelves.
4) Find places to build more closet space for outwear, out-of-season cloths, bedding and linens, pantry items.
5) Pare down ourselves.
6) Maximize the vertical. Even alhtpugh we need shelves and cabinets, we still want to hange some pictures on the walls!
7) Maybe get a second refrigerator or a freezer.
Decide if we can afford, space wise, to have more than one eating area.
We have no basement other than a furnace and tiny workbench and space to store holiday stuff, no attic.
So far we have spoken to: an interior designed who had no ideas but thought our walls were too dark and the curtains are outdated (all true), and an organizer who thinks we should just throw out everything.
I know for sure that we need to have a family communication area:incoming and outgoing mail, fax, shredder, paper recycling, maybe printer, bulletin board, emergency numbers, calendar, charging station, place to leave things that are to be taken out (library books, stuff to return to people). But, how do we figure out where we can put this?
Where to begin?
Just writing out the desired outcome of the project has my head spinning.
Everyone seems to view me as the leader but I want everyone's input.
Thanks in advance.