At first it seems romantic. Sure, you know your schedule will be disrupted for a while, but the disruption will result in a shiny, new space for your family to spend time.
Fast forward two and a half months to the reality.
- You have 4 family members sleeping in a full bed because walls are being moved and dust is flying everywhere, making rooms uninhabitable.
- You have a port-a-potty on the front lawn, a joke/eyesore for your (albeit curious) neighbors.
- You realize that rearranging the layout of your entire second floor, building two bathrooms from scratch, adding 5 windows, two doors, and siding the house is a much bigger job than it seemed in the beginning.
- Its the coldest winter in years, with the wind chill barely reaching single digits some days. In other words, we are stuck inside.
So how are we making it through nearly 3 months of renovations?
Don’t Stress About the Mess.
Our new mantra involves not stressing about the mess in the house. With five people sharing a smaller than normal space with work materials stacked around the house, I have decided to not stress about the general tidiness of my house until I am in control again.
Redefine Kid Zones.
With trim painting happening in the basement and a missing bedroom, we’ve had to redefine the kid zones in our house. We rotate throughout the day between their playroom, their workstations, and the living room offering different activities in each space. We move from LEGO and Imaginext in the playroom to reading practice in the office to a little Skylanders in the living room. They haven’t been too bored yet, and I have only wanted to cry a half dozen times or so.
Have you ever completed a home renovation with kids in the house? Please share your best tips for surviving the chaos!