Follow these 5 tips to stay motivated during a renovation to get back on track and avoid getting frustrated or overwhelmed with your home project.
It happens so often. You start your home renovation with gusto. You’re motivated and inspired. And you’re convinced that in just a few short weeks, your room is going to be completely transformed.
But then life happens, and for one reason or another, that renovation falls by the wayside. Perhaps you finished the big projects and just lost the motivation to do the little boring projects. Or maybe your kids got sick, and you just never recovered from the halt in progress.
I’ve been there with you far too many times to count. It’s week 4 of the One Room Challenge, and I should be farther along with organizing and re-decorating our linen closet and built-in storage nook. The excuse I’ve been using is that fall is the busiest time of year for our family. We’ve taken a 6-day trip to Colorado, gone to fall festivals, and trekked all around town for after-school activities and toddler groups since starting this project.
But getting stuck on a project and failing to complete a renovation is one of the worst things to do. If you’re like me, you end up frustrated that your space doesn’t live up to its potential. It doesn’t have to be that way. There are ways to maintain motivation and get that renovation project done!
5 Tips to Stay Motivated During a Renovation
1. Give Yourself a Reason to Complete Your Project
Does your house look its best when you have people coming over? For me, throwing a party or having a holiday get-together motivates me to do things that wouldn’t get done otherwise. Perhaps you’re hosting a holiday open house, or a Memorial Day barbecue. Find a reason to get the project done and commit to it. (The One Room Challenge is also a great external motivator, too!)
2. Develop a Plan
Get specific. Identify each project that is necessary to complete your renovation and write it down. When another project comes up (and they always do) ask yourself these questions: 1) Is it optional? 1) Does it have to be done before something else on my list? If both of your answers are yes, then that project must be added to the bottom of the list.
3. Keep Track of Your Progress
Make note of what you’ve done already. For some, it’s enough to take a ‘before’ picture and look at it during the renovation. Others might find it helpful to compare a ‘before’ picture to their design inspiration. You can also keep it simple and just list out your progress.
Here’s a look at our progress over the last 4 weeks:
– Purge the contents of the linen closet
– Paint the linen closet
– Update linen closet shelves
– Install storage behind the closet door
– Dip Dyed Storage Boxes (tutorial coming soon!)
Projects Started but Not Completed
– Beadboard backing for open storage shelves
– Storage containers for the linen closet
– Lighting for both spaces
Projects Yet to Be Started
– Purge items in open storage shelving
– Stain/paint wicker baskets for storage
– Find or create large sliding/rolling storage
– Improve the look of the linen closet door
– Final styling of both spaces
Your original plan doesn’t always fit the realities of renovation. It’s important to stay flexible within a framework of your primary goal. Every once in a while, take a look at your to-do list and double check that your projects are ordered in priority. Get rid of ‘wish list’ projects that don’t fit the budget or timeframe. Reorganize that list if you need to, making sure that everything makes sense for your project and your lifestyle.
5. Take a Break
Sometimes working on a project can take over too much of your time and energy. If you’re not careful, that can lead to serious burnout. Not only that, but when a project takes over your life, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Developing a plan and a task list can help, but sometimes you just need to step away for a day or two.
I took that advice this weekend. Our family went to the zoo for a festival and just enjoyed spending time together. No renovation or blog talk allowed. I also took some time to read a book from the library. Just those two actions helped to recharge my soul and clear my mind. Now I’m ready to get back into gear and get these spaces done!
Now it’s your turn…
Take some time today to finish at least one project you started some time ago. Even if it’s just something small. You’ll remember how good it feels to get things done. Then, make your plan and set a deadline. Before you know it, your room will finally be transformed into the space you envisioned.
Have you ever stopped a renovation before it was finished?
How do you stay motivated during a renovation?
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