Keep your timelines flexible to keep your sanity. Image: Jaruwan Jaiyangyuen/Shutterstock
Stick to your routine
Part of the reason renovations are so stressful is that they can really do a number on your daily routine. Whether it’s putting your kitchen out of commission or pushing you to sleep in the guest room, the added stress of being out of your regular groove is enough to seriously raise your blood pressure. Whenever possible, stick closely to your regular routine. While you might be eating more takeout than usual or showering in your kids’ bathroom (guilty!), it can definitely help to continue getting up at the same time and eating meals at home — even if they’re the fast food variety. Renovations are hard enough as it is. Sticking with your regular routine makes them feel less disruptive.
There’s no such thing as a perfect renovation. There will be material mixups and timing issues along the way. Accepting that from day one can help you stay flexible and less stressed. A rigid timeline and unrealistic expectations will only cause anxiety. Make sure your renovation includes plenty of contingencies, from a padded timeline to backup material choices. Staying flexible and knowing that it’ll be finished — eventually — makes the process infinitely more pleasant.
For a mere six weeks’ worth of drywall dust and paint chips, we scored more functional bathrooms in a house we love even more than before. Renovations mean change, and change can mean upending your life for a few weeks — or months. But if you plan your reno well and keep a good attitude, the change is well worth it.