No teacher ever tells you how to live in your home while it is being remodeled. But when your house does go through a remodel, you may wonder why no one bothered to tell you how overwhelming it can be. Harsh, loud noises, workmen coming and going, the smell of paint and sawdust in the air—if you do not prepare yourself and your home for this environment, it may feel like you are living in an active volcano. Keep reading to learn some methods for remaining positive and comfortable while your home gets remodeled.
Determine Areas for Work, Relaxation, and Play
Before the work begins, you should speak with your contractor about which areas the workmen will need for working and walking. Segment those areas for construction, then designate other areas of the house for work, relaxation, and play.
Since so much gets moved around during a remodel, it may be necessary, for example, to turn your office into the kids’ playroom, the master bedroom into an office, or the basement into a bedroom. Determine these areas based on what is best for you and your family, then make sure everyone in the house knows about the new rules.
Move Essentials To Reachable Locations
Let’s say you are working in your home office when you suddenly have a craving for dried fruit. But since the workmen are hammering away around the pantry, you cannot get to your snack without causing a disruption. To avoid situations like this, you should move anything you may want away from the building sites before construction begins. If work is being done in the kitchen, this could mean moving the snacks. If the work is done in the home office, move pens and notebooks into a more easily accessible location.
Create Bathroom Schedules and Strategies
Only when we lose one do we realize just how necessary each of our bathrooms is. If your home is going through a bathroom remodel, it may be necessary to plan how the remaining bathrooms will be used throughout the day. To avoid lines or frustration, make a bathroom schedule and do your best to enforce it. Also, to make sure the bathroom does not become cluttered with shampoo bottles and soaps, give each member of the family a shower caddy.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Navigating the complications of how to live in your home while it is being remodeled is a test of your mental health. Remodeling involves a lot of noise, a lot of movement, and a lot of clutter. If you want to maintain you and your family’s psychological well-being, you should get fresh air as often as possible, COVID-19 restrictions permitting. You should indulge in self-care, whether it be reading, taking baths, doing yoga, or partaking in whatever brings you to a centered, comfortable place.