tips for renovating

Tips for renovating a house

It’s always good to have tips when renovating a house. There are challenges to renovating when you plan on living there while the work is being completed. I had clients who were doing kitchen renovations, and it can be a challenge because then you have to create a kitchen area in another part of the house. Right now, I am preparing to redo all the flooring in my home. There can be anxiety thinking about it, but once you have a plan, things can go way smoother.

Let’s talk about a kitchen renovation and how you can live through it. It would be best to decide where you are going to have a makeshift kitchen. I do recommend being close to a bathroom. After all, you’re going to have to wash some pots and pans.

Setting up spaces

You will need a refrigerator, hot plate, microwave, disposable plates, utensils, cups, and napkins when renovating a kitchen. I understand the challenge of not using items that need to be recycled, but my sanity and back are worth more than having to wash everything in a small bathroom sink or leaning over the bathtub. If you’re used to cooking big meals and don’t want to go out to eat, then create a menu of easy things to prepare.

Now it’s time to start unloading every cabinet, drawer, and pantry. Emptying spaces is the perfect opportunity to purge. You want to look at the items that are expired or trash. Then comes the question of things you have had for way too long and have not used it but maybe a few times. Is it really worth saving and taking up valuable storage space?

After you have purged all the unwanted items from the cabinets, drawers, and pantry, the next thing you want to pack. Before you begin packing, decide where in your home you will place the boxes. This will mean moving furnishings around in your home, but know that it’s temporary. Don’t get ahead of yourself even though you may feel like just throwing things into boxes.  It is essential to pack in an orderly fashion. It may sound over simple but to pack like with like items. Because when it’s time to unpack, it’ll be so much easier.

My turn

Currently, I am in the process of renovating my house by replacing all of the floorings. I have recent experience under my belt because I am also helping an organizing client put her house back together. I have to admit a kitchen renovation seems a bit easier than the flooring, and I’ll explain why.

The flooring seems more complicated than the kitchen renovation because almost everything needs to be removed from the whole house versus just the kitchen. What I decided to do first was to go through every drawer, cabinet, closet, and flat surface. The closets have to be cleared on the floors because they’re replacing that flooring as well. I was desperately looking for ways not to have to box everything. It’s been therapeutic to me in getting rid of so much stuff and clearing off space. A friend of mine said redo your flooring is like we do in your foundation; it’s a reset in your home and life. I like that.

Keeping it simple

We will be doing hardwood flooring in the master bedroom first. In the next few days, we will be taking every small piece of furniture in our home and placing it in the garage. We will move medium pieces of furniture into other rooms, and the flooring people will temporarily relocate the heavier furniture. They’re not necessarily going to leave the rooms but shift from side to side. I do not want to store items. I will then place all of the breakables on the bathroom vanity.

The goal for me is to keep it as simple as possible while renovating my house. Yes, it’s a lot of work, but it’s also an opportunity to purge and get organized. I am a professional organizer, but life happens. It’s crazy how we can accumulate so much stuff that we don’t need or like.

Preparing for the next area

After the hardwood floor is installed in our bedroom, I have requested that there be one full day for me to put my bedroom back in order. I will also need the time to place the fragile items in another part of the house. The books will be packed and placed in the garage.  I’ll be unloading the China cabinet in my formal room to the kitchen counters that I have created space for.

I’m glad I’m a professional organizer because it has helped me in the preparation for renovation. There’s no way you can say, “Sure, let’s get new flooring,” and let them come the next day. No, that would be a horrible idea. This way, it helps me to be more relaxed. Another thing said to my husband was, “When our bedroom and master bath is out of commission for a couple of days, we need to make sure that we have clothes and toiletries in another part of the house.” I guess that means I need to take care of all the laundry beforehand. I need to keep in mind to cook meals ahead of time to microwave and have quick meals because my counters will be filled with fragile items.

Ready for renovation

Keep me in your thoughts and prayers, guys. LOL. I’ll let you know how the tips for renovating a house have helped me.

Lisa Giesler, Life Transition Specialist, Professional Organizer, Author of Uncluttered: discovering strength and purpose in the chaos of life

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