Our homes are our sanctuaries, so when we decide to go through a big home remodelling project, the level of chaos and intrusion it causes in our lives is not to be underestimated. You know that the end result will be worth it, and yet living through all the dust, noise, mess and displaced items has a huge effect on your mental wellbeing. Some people choose to avoid it all by moving out temporarily, but if your finances don’t stretch to this, you may have little choice but to stay living there while the work is carried out, sometimes without access to basic kitchen and bathroom facilities for periods of time, and the outside of your home may be affected too. On the bright side, your home stays more secure than if it was vacant, you can directly oversee progress on site and you will be saving money that can be channelled back into the build. So what should you expect and how do you stay sane during a home remodel?
Keep The End In Sight
Focusing on the end result may be easy at the beginning, when everything is just home decor moodboards on Pinterest and architect’s drawings, but when a project really begins to bite, you may have lost sight of why you’re doing this. It’s very hard to picture the end result sometimes when you’re knee deep in dust and drying plaster. Whether you have new home designers working out your ideal self-build, or you’re adding onto a traditional property, remind yourself of the end result so that you don’t become demotivated by the hard living conditions.
Plan Where To Store Things
One of the hardest and most unspoken aspects of a major remodel is where exactly all the displaced stuff goes during the building work. It’s pretty hard to switch off and relax in the evening when your living room is piled high to the ceiling with items from your kitchen, or your bedroom is dominated by suitcases of possessions. It may help your sanity to find a short-term storage unit that you can rent out and keep things in for a while. That way, the space that you do have available is at least relatively normal.
Give Up On The Cleaning Schedule
Anyone who has completed a home remodelling project will tell you that there is absolutely no way to prevent dust getting everywhere. Of course you should take steps such as laying down plastic sheeting and sealing off the worst areas, but you’ll still find it gets through – and just keeps coming. Accepting that you’re going to have to relax your standards a little for the duration of the remodel can be a hard one to get your head around, but you could easily drive yourself crazy trying to keep everything dust-free and pristine. You could consider hiring a professional cleaning company to come in and do a deep clean when works are complete.
It may be a hard thing to deal with at the time, but just keep repeating to yourself that it’s only temporary, and you’ll soon have the home of your dreams.