What Is a Honey-Do List?

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We talk often about that we can help you with your “honey-do list” but what does that mean, exactly?

The free dictionary defines a honey-do list this way:

A list or collection of tasks or jobs one has been requested to perform or undertake, especially household duties or jobs, given to a person by their spouse or romantic partner. It is a pun on “honeydew” (a fruit), with “honey” referring to a common term of endearment, and “do” referring to a “to-do list.”

The idea is:

  • Honey do this…
  • Honey do that…

If you own a home together or even simply rent a home together, it is inevitable that chores, maintenance, and household repairs will have to get done. It really isn’t about who does it as much as just that these things have to be done. 

Because there are so many different things to do to keep a household running well, many people find it helpful to keep a list of what needs to be done.

How to Create a Honey-Do List

You may find that creating the list together helps to keep resentment levels down, especially if both spouses or partners are willing to help in the areas where they have the most ability and time. 

This may work better than one spouse telling the other person what to do or bossing the other around about home improvements. No one really enjoys being forced into work they don’t want to do or being “voluntold” to do unpleasant jobs.

Or, perhaps one of you is more organized and has the time to come up with the list of things that need to be done, and the other spouse is just fine with that arrangement. As long as both spouses feel appreciated, heard, and respected, this can work just fine, too.

Organizing your list

Some people like to have a list that goes by tasks that need to be done annually, in each season, or each month for their partner and/or themselves to perform.

Others prefer to keep a list of the most urgent and pressing things first.

Some couples like to have lists written by topic or by the area of the house.

You can have a handwritten list, a spreadsheet, a note on your phone, or use any other platform you prefer that helps you stay organized and on top of all that maintenance and home repair items to be done around the house.

You can find lists of all of the normal home maintenance chores on various sites that homeowners need to stay on top of each season of the year.

Home Maintenance Lists to Get You Started:

  • Lowe’s Home Maintenance Checklist for First-Time Homeowners – by season
  • Home Depot’s Maintenance and Repair Guides
  • Prudent Reviews – the Ultimate Home Maintenance List (free printable)

Of course, some things on your list may be personal and just something you would like to be done at your house that isn’t part of an official list somewhere.

What If Your Honey Can’t or Won’t Work on Your Honey-Do List?

What if your Honey doesn’t have the ability, time, expertise, or desire to work on the lengthy list that continues to pile up? After all, not everyone has hours of extra free time every week or the best handyman skills. 

Maybe your honey-do list man feels overwhelmed at the thought of working on everything that needs to be done.

Of course, if you unload a bunch of resentment on your spouse or partner, not only will you continue to have a long list of chores and assignments that still aren’t done dealing with the maintenance of your home, but you may have another problem. A marriage or relationship problem.

That can be even more costly and difficult to fix than the original honey-do list was!

No one enjoys feeling pressured or forced into doing handyman jobs around the house, or anything else, really. Most people respond much more favorably to a warm, friendly, pleasant approach. It’s much better for everyone when there is a team atmosphere.

If you’d like some tips about how to ask your Honey for help with your Honey-Do List, check out this post!

A local handyman is really all you need for your honey-do list. It may be worth finding a handyman just to avoid the greater cost of marriage therapy later! 

If you hire a handyman for your honey-do list, neither of you has to take the time and effort to do the home maintenance work. Neither of you has to stress. And your marriage will face a lot less strain. 

The house will look great. You’ll both keep your free time. And you won’t have the marriage stress of working on difficult projects together and then resenting each other if it doesn’t go well.

How Can You Tell If You Need a Handyman or a Contractor?

For small honey-do list services, you don’t need an expensive general contractor, plumber, electrician, roofer, or carpenter. Yes, those professionals could easily do some of the things on your list, but you would pay a premium to hire them. 

If you have a big job that will take more than a week or it is a major renovation or there are serious plumbing, electrical, or carpentry jobs, you may want to hire a general contractor rather than a handyman. They can handle bigger jobs.

If you just have a small series of tasks and assignments around the house, go with a handyman company. They can do great work for a much lower cost. 

Try to find a honey-do list company that is insured and licensed for your protection. Go with one that has good referrals and a great word-of-mouth reputation. A general handyman service should be perfect for this.

Are You Looking for a Honey-Do Handyman Near You?

We are a general handyman service that would be happy to tackle different types of work and be your honey-do list contractor in the Columbia, SC area.

Why stress over all the little things that need to be done around the house when you could be enjoying your loved ones and the things that matter most to you in life?

Let us handle your honey-do list and get it knocked out in a jiffy so you can get back to enjoying living in your beautiful home with your family.

Contact us today!

Our service area includes:

Lexington, Irmo, Columbia, Forest Acres, Cayce, and West Columbia.

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