6 Ways To Stay Sane During A Home Remodel
Majorly renovating and remodeling your home can be exciting, since soon you will be closer to having the home of your dreams. But home renovations can also bring a lot of chaos and stress, turning your once tranquil home into a crazy construction zone. Luckily, there are things you can do to keep things feeling orderly and calm even during the most drastic home renovations. Here are six ways to stay organized during a home remodel:
Rent a Storage Unit
Rather than try to move the furniture and other belongings from the area of your home that's being renovated into a different part of the house, rent a small self storage unit. This will keep your belongings safely and neatly stashed out of your way until the renovations are complete. It will also keep the parts of your home that aren't being renovated from becoming crowded and unorganized. This way at least part of your home will still be completely livable and calm during the renovations. Visit local storage companies or go to sites to research the options in your area.
Create a Command Center
Find an area that is adjacent to where the renovations will take place to serve as a command center. Ideally, there will be a table and chairs or at least a small desk. This is where you will keep your calendar and notebook with all notes, receipts, etc. relating to the renovation. It can be the place where you check in with your contractors to ask questions and discuss decisions.
Having one central location where these things happen will help keep your home from feeling so chaotic. Some items to keep on hand in your renovation command center include paper and pens, paint, tile, or fabric samples, photos of the remodeling goals, and a list of important phone numbers (contractors, plumbers, your favorite home improvement store, etc.).
Find a Quiet Space Every Day
Living with the chaos and noise of renovations day in and day out can be maddening. Some people choose to find temporary housing or go on a vacation during renovations, but if you've decided to stay on-site, you still deserve and need a bit of quiet each day. You may want to designate a room of the house (preferably far from the renovations) as your quiet zone, or even ask a friend or relative if you can have access to a quiet room in their home for a little while each evening.
Buy a pair of noise-canceling headphones, and just spend some time relaxing, meditating, stretching, or simply relaxing with a book or good TV show. Having little "sanity breaks" will keep you feeling centered.
Set Clear Deadlines
In order to avoid misunderstandings and prevent the renovation from dragging on for much longer than you want it to, it's important to set clear deadlines from the outset. These deadlines can be broken down by project milestones: for example, maybe the new kitchen counters are to be installed by a specific date, and the kitchen backsplash by the following day.
These deadlines should be agreed to and put down in writing. This is an important step whether you are hiring contractors to complete the entire project or doing some of the work yourself. Delays may happen, but if you have a schedule clearly in mind, things are more likely to stay on track.
Contain Construction Dust
Luckily, if you are renting a storage unit, you won't have to worry too much about gritty construction dust getting into your furniture and rugs. Construction dust can still be a huge pain, however, traveling to other rooms if you don't contain it. Close off the renovation area as much as possible, and cover the floors and other surfaces using sheets of plastic and painter's tape, both of which can be purchased at most home improvement stores.
Connect with Your Partner
If you are married or living with a significant other, the chaos and financial stress of a remodel can create strife in your relationship. In fact, in a recent survey, 12% of participants said they considered separation or divorce mid-remodel. In order to prevent relationship problems, find ways to prioritize each other. Take breaks to go on dates away from the chaos and reconnect with each other on a regular basis.
By utilizing these tips, you can make your home renovation as close to stress-free as possible. Soon, you will get to enjoy your newly beautiful home and the renovation period will feel like a distant memory.