Before you begin your remodel, take these 3 steps for a project that is stress-free and successful.
First – Gather your everyday essentials & designate a specific space where they’ll stay during the remodel. You know, things like your home & car keys, phone & charger, a project-specific file for paperwork.
If it’s a kitchen remodel, set aside items you use every day. Please plates, mugs, glasses, utensils, coffee maker in a tote & mark them “Everyday Kitchen Items.” Also, think about setting up a “temporary kitchen” (microwave, toaster oven, table) in another part of your home.
Next – Store your valuables securely. During a remodel, contractors and tradespeople will come & go so your home may be unlocked or without windows or doors for a period of time. Best to keep your valuables in an offsite safe deposit box or in a safe in your home.
And, because duplicate keys are made for the myriad of contractors & subs, it’s a good idea to have your locks changed once the project is complete.
Lastly, before you think about renovating, think downsizing.
This can be a daunting task (though it’s one of our favorite tasks to accomplish!) so it may be worth calling in a professional organizer to help. Decluttering ahead of time means there are less things to pack, move and unpack once the remodel is complete. Think about it: why remodel if you’re just going to move all the extra “stuff” back into your newly created space?
This critical step will be the “finishing touch” on your remodel and ensure your home includes only belongings that are functional and meaningful to you.
By taking these three steps, you’ll experience less stress during your renovation and find yourself
living in and enjoying your new space more quickly.