During a remodeling project, a part of your home is thrown into complete disarray, chaos and clutter increase, household routines are disrupted, and everyday items are packed away. At some point during the remodel, stress levels in the home will increase, leading to arguments or the proverbial “kicking the dog.”
The best way to handle remodeling stress is to anticipate it and prepare for it. A few simple suggestions to reduce stress are:
- As mentioned in a previous post, keep the end in mind. You have undertaken the remodeling project for a variety of reasons. When it is complete, you will have a wonderful space for your family to enjoy.
- Ask questions and clarify any issues. Being persistent in getting answers to your questions will reduce stress during the remodel. Leaving issues unaddressed only increases your frustration and may leave a feeling that the work was not done well.
- Don’t be surprised when arguments occur. Remember the argument is likely due to the disorder in your home and is not personal.
- Help your children manage the disruption by engaging them in the planning process. This can help them view the project as an adventure, reducing their stress.
- Pets are also impacted by remodeling. Like the rest of the family, their routines have been disturbed and a variety of new people are coming/going. A little extra attention will help them cope with the situation.