For some, its renovation season. After all, the weather is improving, and it’s time to get your home ready for the summer. But for others, this is just the latest in a long, seemingly never-ending process of renovating the house from top to bottom. If you are considering making massive renovations, it’s not just about the home, but it’s about making sure your sanity is intact too! It’s a very stressful thing, especially when you’re making massive changes. And what can we do to ensure that we’re coping with these massive changes?

man renovating a room

Do Your Best To Stick To The Plan

Things come up that throw your plans way off course. Maybe there’s a supply problem with some of the material, or the weather has changed yet again. Stick to the plan, but also have contingency plans so you can at least continue to chip away at the whole thing. Sometimes we can feel like we’re in limbo, but rather than sitting there, stressing about the fact that it’s not going according to plan, we can make little changes in the household that don’t necessarily need the builders. This way, we’re being productive.

Learn To Keep Calm

It can send our OCD into overdrive if we see dust and rubble scattered around the place! And if our personal possessions are running the risk of being forever tainted with dirt, we’ve got to learn how to keep calm. It also makes sense to have a personal self storage facility nearby just so your prized possessions aren’t covered in dirt, but also think about the long game. Financially speaking, it’s very stressful, and this can always loom at the back of your mind. But if you don’t have the tactics to cope with it, it’s going to be month after month of feeling in limbo.

It’s Not Going To Be Forever

The thing that keeps a lot of people going during a stressful time like this is the end product. We need to tell ourselves that it’s not going to be forever. If we feel that we’re constantly in the eye of the storm, even if the building works been going on for 6 months, it’s not going to do us any good in the long run. If you really are feeling that it’s all getting on top of you, then get away for a bit. And even if this is not feasible, find small opportunities to give yourself an outlet. Go stay with a friend or a family member, and just get away from the problem. Sometimes this is all we need, and when we think about the fact that a renovation isn’t just about making changes to our home, it’s the culmination of our visions of the perfect home. As such, perfection can get in the way of reality. It’s difficult now, but it’s not going to be forever.

Relationships are tested when a home undergoes a major renovation, not just between you and your partner, but you and the neighbours. And if you are in the middle of a long renovation, you’ve got to learn how to cope better with it.

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