In the past, I’ve had real difficulty keeping my sanity during renovations. I mean I was impatient, stressed, and honestly I was difficult to deal with. But truthfully – I didn’t want to be that way. I love doing renovations, improving our home, and the hard work my husband and I put in to increasing the joy we get from our home. So I spent a lot of my time apologizing for my attitude and anxiety.
So when my husband and I decided it was time to renovate our kitchen I was hesitant. Not because I didn’t think he was capable of doing the work – he totally can and does incredible work. I felt unprepared to deal with the transition of having a functional space become a space temporarily unavailable and disorganized. So now that I have explained what a peach I am during renos, let me tell you something new -I’ve worked very hard to change my attitude and have found these 5 vital steps help to keep your system on track.
- After a full days work, do a quick clean up of any garbage and dust in the work area. Place everything that is out of place (tools, paint, or decorations) in one area designated for it temporarily. Maintaining order in the work area means more productivity and less stress.
- Get out of the house. If you are like me, your husband or partner may be doing the bulk of the work. Try to get out and get some new scenery. This is especially helpful if you have kiddos and want to keep them out of the way of power tools.
- Take and look at your progress pics! I do this all the time. This will remind you of the progress you are making, and encourage you to continue. Also, I go through my Pinterest / Intagram page and look at the pictures that inspired me to start the project and remind myself to once again trust the process!
- Take time in the evening to relax. Grab that beer or glass of red, relax and reflect. Doing renovations can be hard and stressful and finding time to unwind is necessary.
- Last but not least, let go of the notion that during renos you can fully be in control. Don’t stop cleaning or tidying after a work session (especially if you have kids around) but don’t waste your energy on worrying whether or not things are in its proper place for that short period of construction time.
I’m currently trying to live by all these suggestions during our small kitchen Reno so let’s do this together guys! Let me know what helped you be successful during your projects.
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