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Our homes are our fortresses, therefore the amount of turmoil and intrusion it produces in our lives should not be underestimated when we embark on a major home remodeling project. Even while you know the final result will be worth it, dealing with all the dust, noise, clutter, and displaced objects has a significant impact on your mental health. 

Some people choose to avoid it all by temporarily moving out, but if your finances don’t allow it, you may have no choice but to stay in your home while the work is done, sometimes without access to basic kitchen and bathroom facilities for extended periods of time, and the exterior of your home may be affected as well.

On the plus side, your home will be safer than if it were unoccupied, you will be able to monitor work on site personally, and you will save money that can be put back into the project. So, what should you expect, and how can you keep sane throughout the Home Remodel Process? 

Ensure your comfort first

Although the remodeling is certain to cause you some discomfort, there are still ways you can stay comfy and cozy in your home. Especially, if you’re living in regions with harsh cold or hot climates. For example, if you’re living somewhere in Suffolk County NY, it might not be possible for you to live in your home when it is being renovated, especially during the winters. You should try and Learn more about how you can partly heat up your home for rooms where you’re staying. As a result, you’d still not be cold when the rest of your home, is either all open or it’s just can’t be sealed from all sides.

Plan where you’re going to store things

One of the most difficult and unsaid elements of a large remodel is determining where all of the displaced items will go throughout the construction process. When your living room is piled high to the ceiling with stuff from your kitchen, or your bedroom is overrun by suitcases of belongings, it’s difficult to shut off and relax in the evening. Finding a short-term storage facility that you can rent out and store your belongings in for a time could help you retain your sanity. As a result, the space you do have available is at least acceptable.

Ignore your cleaning schedule!

Anyone who has worked on a home renovation project knows that there is no way to keep dust from going everywhere. Of course, you should take precautions like putting down plastic sheeting and blocking off the most vulnerable spots, but it will still get through – and keep coming. Accepting that your standards will have to be lowered for the length of the renovation might be difficult to accept, but you could easily drive yourself insane trying to maintain everything dust-free and spotless. When the job is over, you might want to hire a professional cleaning company to come in and conduct a deep clean.

Focus on the end result

Focusing on the end result may be simple at first, when everything is simply home design mood boards on Instagram and architect’s plans, but once a project gets underway, you may lose sight of why you’re doing it. When you’re knee deep in dust and drying plaster, it’s difficult to visualize the ultimate product. Whether you’re working with new house designers on your dream self-build or building on to an existing home, keep the ultimate goal in mind so you don’t become discouraged by the difficult living circumstances.

Ultimately, it may be difficult to live with at the moment, but remind yourself that it is only a temporary situation, and you will soon have the home of your dreams.

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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