We know what renovations can bring: stress, expense and wonderment! Living through any kind of renovation can prove taxing in its own right but more often than not, we come back to the idea that at the end of it, it was all worth it.
Whether your renovation is focused on one small portion of your home, or you’re engaging in a full flip, here are some tips from organization expert Mikela Correia on how you can stay organized and maintain a simplified life during a renovation:
Staying Organized: Tools & Tactics
During a renovation there are numerous documents you will want to keep track of. Use a document box with file folders to house important information such as: contracts, schedule, pre-construction agreements, construction plans, construction schedules, estimates, permits, budgets, order changes, drawings and plans, any relevant correspondence with contractors or third parties, manufacturer samples, paint chips, etc.
Investing in a storage unit during a large renovation is a smart move. Always go larger than required, as you may wish to access or retrieve some items during the duration of the renovation.
It’s best to take valuables and store them away in order to keep them safe and in good condition during a renovation. Heirlooms, paintings, keepsakes, jewelry, etc. should all be stored away. When packing and storing the items, wrap them in acid free paper and/or boxes, to avoid oxidation.
Living Simply: The Essentials
During a renovation you are often void the luxury of having all of your items at your disposal. It’s important that during a renovation you part with items that do not contribute to your day-to-day routine. Items that should be stored include: seasonal decor, entertaining dishware and glassware, and off-season clothing. There are only a handful of essentials you will need to keep with you during a renovation.
Toiletries: including skincare, haircare, makeup and styling tools, personal products, etc. should be at the top of your priority list; allow yourself a small travel pack to house these items.
Clothing: If you are living out of a suitcase choose versatile items that are both neutral and wardrobe staples, giving you the opportunity to create a variety of outfits. This will give the pieces you have with you longevity and reduce the amount of laundry you’ll need to do.
Food: when it comes to staying nourished during a renovation my biggest piece of advice is to take your grocery budget and invest it in a prepared meal service. Full time lives combined with a renovation can leave you sparse time for preparing healthy meals for your family. Enjoy the luxury of a prepared meal service to keep you fueled and save you time.
Sending The Kids and Pets Away
Take up the offers you have from friends and family to look after your little ones, or your pets. Sending them to reno-free zone will allow them some normalcy and safety. A weekend away will also allow you the time to regroup, have any necessary meetings with contractors and take some needed time to rest.
Written By: Mikela Correia, Founder & CEO of Spaces Simplified