Have a redecorating project on the horizon but aren't sure where or how to start? Here are 8 steps that will help you navigate the process.

1. Set a budget and a timeline.

It's never a good thing to start a project without being fully aware of how much money you can spend or how long you have to accomplish it. Without a budget and a timeline in place, you leave yourself vulnerable to all sorts of problems, including unexpected overspending and delayed completion. To stay on track, put your deadline and allowable dollar amount in writing--and stick to it! It's also a good idea to keep a running log of purchases, fees, etc, so you remain aware of what's left to spend.

2. Evaluate your needs and lifestyle.

Needs are not the same as wants--so be sure to evaluate closely and prioritize. Make a list that includes these needs, as well as the work you want to do. Once you have your completed list, rank them based on importance. Be sure to get the family involved since it's their home, too.

Another thing to do with the list is to identify any pieces of furniture that must stay in your home.  Anything that can go, should go. If you can't sell it, consider donating or gifting it to a friend or extended family member.

3. Sketch out a plan.

This step is more important when it comes to large projects. However, if new furniture or even a new configuration of old furniture is part of the plan, sketching out your idea can be incredibly helpful. To ensure furnishing fit properly, measure each area and then mark those measurements on your sketch. The last thing you want is to purchase a piece of furniture that's too big or too small for the space.

4. Start with the big. Finish with the little.

As you fill the space, work your way from large to small. Big-impact items like furniture and wall color are good places to start. Next, move onto things such as area rugs, window treatments, and light fixtures. Finally, you can then move onto the smaller decorative accessories.

5. Expect the unexpected.

There's no reason to fill up every nook and cranny. Instead, leave room for the unexpected things you may come across later on. Being flexible (and having the room to do so) will allow you to make your home truly yours.