Tips to Keep Yourself Sane While Renovating Your Home
1 April 2020
While renovating a home seems like a lot of fun and super speedy on television, real-life experience of renovating a home can be far from that. Synonymous with lots of stress, tears and mounds of dust, a home renovation can take a lot out of you both emotionally and physically. Luckily for you, we have some much-needed tips and tricks to help keep you sane through this process.
Organise your space
There is no better time to organize your living space than just before a home renovation. While it might seem unnecessary (organise before making a mess?) we assure you that this is a crucial step to take before embarking on any renovation, be it just a room in your home to the entire house. If you are doing a big renovation, then the best way to tackle this task is to break it up into small bits and do a little at a time, starting as soon as you can, ideally 1 - 2 weeks before your renovation takes place. Start by getting boxes, bubble wrap and tape and then go into each room or area of your home and begin clearing and packing away the things that need to be moved. You might be surprised to see a few items that you no longer use so be sure to keep a box or two handy for anything you want to donate (provided that it is in good condition). While packing up your items, think about what your next 2 weeks will look like and if there is anything in there that you feel you might need, then set it aside. It is important to be very honest with yourself during this process as we tend to get anxious about not having enough supplies when in reality, we need far less than we think. Before packing up each box, take a piece of paper and write down the contents of every box or storage container. Stick this list on the front of your box to make finding items that you may need later a whole lot easier.
Get a notebook dedicated to your renovation
Now that your space is cleared up and streamlined, make sure to write down all of the tasks, details and work you have to do during the renovation period. This is also a good place to write down the building schedule, keep track of purchases and all of the contact details you need during this period like your builder, plumber and electrician, etc. The building schedule is extremely important and even though you do need to give yourself an additional 2 - 3 weeks in case of any mishaps, having a schedule of when builders will arrive and the tasks they will do on each day will help you plan your time better and enable you to stay ahead of the chaos.
Make a Pinterest board
Because this is such a stressful time, it does become hard to remind yourself why you’re doing this. Keep a clear head and the excitement for your newly renovated space going by creating a Pinterest board filled with decor and homeware items that you want to get when your space is ready. This will also help you envision the end goal amidst the dust and mess and enable you to keep your head clear when anything does go wrong. It’s also really helpful to have a space where you can save reference images of anything you might like and is a great way to keep track of the kind of style and outcome you want.
Mind the dust
If you or your family members suffer from allergies and you will be staying at home during the time of the renovation, then it’s important to stock up on all of the allergy medication you might need. Get dust masks, eye drops, wet-wipes and nasal spray before the builders arrive so that you have one less thing to worry about when the allergies attack. Also, try to cover bigger furniture and even your beds during the day with cloth drops to keep the dust at bay. If you have a vacuum cleaner, then doing a quick vacuum around the most used rooms in your home when the builders leave is a great way to minimise allergies and sinus attacks.
One thing that many people don't think about before a home renovation is the meals that they will be cooking during this time. Chances are that you will not want to cook while the builders are there since your home will be dusty and busy. A great thing to do over the weekends or days where they are not around is to meal-prep for the week ahead and cook as much as you can. Cook a big pot of rice, curries, or roast veggies and keep them in the fridge for quick suppers, wraps and lunches. If you need to store any of your furniture or homeware during this time but you’re short on space, then why not have a look at the storage options available at Rent-a-Store? You have full access to your unit and can keep your loved goods in there for as long as you need, keeping them dust-free and safe!