Maintaining Realistic Expectations
Organization Is Key
- Create a space in a separate part of the home where you can store medications, mail, keys, purses, wallets, and backpacks; and pay bills, manage calendars and schedules, do homework if necessary, and feed the pets if you have them.
- Remove items from the renovation area. Organize, label, and store where they’re accessible but out of the way of you, your family, and your contractor.
- Plan and budget for eating out every night of the renovation, or gather take-out menus from your favorite restaurants and order in, but be aware of nutritional changes to your diet and plan accordingly. Avoid eating inside the renovation area.
- If your renovation disrupts the flow of clean clothing, wash all clothes and linens before you begin, or plan to use the local laundromat or the laundry facilities at a friend or relative’s house.
- As with a kitchen renovation, create a space in a separate part of the house to store hygiene products and get ready for work, school, or other activities.
- If you have children and work outside the home, consider making a vacation request and renovating during the summer months when the kids are out of school.
- Book a hotel during the renovation, or rent an RV and camp out on your property or at a nearby campground.
- If a hotel or RV isn’t in the budget, consider renting a portable job site toilet or purchasing a portable travel toilet designed for outdoor recreational activities.