10 Tips to Keep Your Sanity During a Home Renovation
Do you have what it takes to keep your family together during a Home Renovation? Ironically, we have owned our own contracting business for the last 18 years. However, our recent renovation and major construction project has been pushing us to the limit.
Have some peace of mind with these 10 Tips to Keep Your Sanity During a Home Renovation.
#1 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Have a Clean Room
During all the chaos, have one clean room you can escape to. Don’t allow any boxes, construction debris or extra items in this room. Any time you are feeling stressed, take ten and just clear your mind.
#2 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Entertain the Kids
Renovations and construction are stressful on everyone in the home, especially the children. They are always in the way, their toys make an additional mess and they normally have the worst timing for needing you.
Try to be mindful of how hard it is for them too, chances are they do not understand why you are renovating.
- Have some toys put away that would be ‘new to them’ that they can play with during the renovation.
- Designate a safe place that is free from construction debris inside and outside where they can play.
- Have books and or videos that the children can watch
- Arrange Play Dates to get them out of the house
- Discuss the construction dangers to keep them safe
- Make sure you schedule play time with them. You will always have a lot to do, but remember, time passes by too quickly. Stop and enjoy your children while you can.
#3 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Meal Prep
This is one piece of advice I wish I would have given myself before hand. If you know you are going to start renovation or construction, meal prep ahead of time. Prepare easy to heat and eat meals. Make healthy snacks and have cut veggies and fruit available.
We were without a fully functional kitchen for weeks, since I didn’t have meals prepared, we made very unhealthy food choices. Eating out not only hurt our budget but I woke up feeling horrible every day. So plan ahead and prepare meals for your family before renovation begins.
Another food related tip is to make sure you eat. Your body can’t run on an empty fuel tank.
#4 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Keep Organized
Does the picture below look organized to you? This is my chaos. My husband gave me one day to clear out five rooms in our home before he began major construction- AND I was working.
The end result of poor planning is pictured below. My chaos.
If you have the time, get many (more than you think you will need) plastic boxes so you can see what’s in them. Pack everything away neat and label the contents on the outside of each box.
#5 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Exercise
Don’t laugh at this tip- it’s true. I know, I know- you’re going to say you get plenty of exercise doing construction, but it’s not the same.
Exercise reduces stress, anxiety, and depression. Exercise also releases feel good endorphin’s that help brighten your mood.
So when you are feeling a little down, stressed or find yourself sniping at those around you, go out for a walk or do some yoga.
#6 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Leave
Yes, leave. I asked a friend (who has done construction his whole life) about his tips for keeping sane, this is what he had to say.
Seen many a family fall apart as a result of living in a house under renovation. Had a pastor and his family separate after the house was done. They tried living in the only room we didn’t touch. Didn’t work out well. A lawyer, his wife and two young sons moved into the unfinished basement of the old home we tore the roof off, added a second floor and basically blew their house up. They survived the remodel, but the stress endured. Their marriage did not. Best to move out. Know you won’t, but you asked.
After living through renovation and construction, I agree with his advice. If you can afford to relocate during renovation, I strongly suggest it.
#7 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Communication
If you want to see crazy quick, turn off the internet without informing the kids first. Or better yet, turn the water off when your wife is doing laundry.
Make public service announcements loud and clear to all members of the house before you do something that effects them.
Communication is the key to all happiness when doing a renovation.
#8 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Don’t Stress the Pets
So maybe getting two puppies is not the smartest idea in the world right before you completely renovate over half of your house.
I never said I was the brightest crayon in the pack. Fortunately for you, you can learn from my
mistakes life lessons.
If you have pets in the home during your renovation or construction follow the same principals as I suggested with your children.
- Make sure they are kept safe from the construction debris.
- Give them new (or new to them) toys to play with
- Set aside play time
- Place some drops of lavender essential oil on their bedding to keep them calm.
#9 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Make Mock Rooms
If you are renovating a kitchen, set up a temporary, functional kitchen somewhere else in your house or on your property.
If you are renovating your bathroom, make a porta-potty and an area your can bathe or freshen up.
Same goes if you are renovating a bedroom, make a temporary bedroom somewhere else with all the comforts of home.
#10 Tip to Keep Your Sanity- Check the Weather
This last tip might seem like common sense to most, but when you are in the middle of a big project, it is easy to forget.
The bottom picture is an example of what half of my house looked like at one moment. Shortly after this picture was taken, it began to rain.
What you don’t see in this picture was all of the items in my house that were not in boxes and protected from the rain.
Once again, learn from my
mistakes life lessons and watch the weather during your renovation.
Here are some other fun suggestions from my readers about keeping sane during renovation
We did major remodels on our last two houses…gutted the entire kitchen, replaced subfloors, tiled floors, replaced all bathroom fixtures…including a built in shower/ tub unit. We tried to stay sane through it all….but we were never able to accomplish it. We both went crazy and have been that way ever since. Lol ~Michele P
I can’t remember feeling sane since we moved into this house… When it wasn’t finished yet… Still isn’t… We’ve got boxes and piles everywhere… Some day it will all be done! I hope. ~Sandrine C
If you are a little creative (and patient), you can reduce the stress and keep your sanity during a Renovation.
Do you have any tips to help keep your sanity during a renovation?
Here is another article you might like about building a temporary porta-potty.