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  • Writer's pictureKirstin Adolfson

How to Live Through Your Renovation

Renovations can be exciting, but sometimes comfort can be compromised when doing larger projects. The rooms you typically use everyday have now been blocked off. I’ve got some tips on how to continue your normal routines to the best of your ability, with an ongoing renovation occurring behind the scenes.

Planning is Key:

Anytime you plan a big project, you should also make sure that your space is planned out too. It’s easy to get carried away only focusing on the renovation and how that will look. While these are important steps to take, you should also be thinking about daily supplies you might need and how to clear out the space that is being worked on beforehand. If you have a solid plan in place, you won’t be missing your daily necessities and you will be prepared to tackle this project in the most convenient way possible!

Designate Areas:

Another great strategy is to designate areas while you have areas that are under renovation. For example, if your home office is being renovated, then take everything you need out of that space and designate the guest room as a temporary office until your new office is finished. This will make renovation life easier and feel a little bit more natural while important rooms in your home are temporarily blocked off.

Bathroom Strategies:

Bathroom renovations can be very tricky. You never realize how much you need the bathroom until you can’t use it anymore! If you have multiple bathrooms throughout your home, it’s recommended to renovate one bathroom at a time so you have a bathroom that you can use while the other one is being worked on. If you are used to having multiple bathrooms that are designated to certain people, come up with a plan on how everyone in your household will plan to share the reduced bathroom space. You could set designated shower times or create a caddy for everyone so it’s easy to take your stuff in and out of the space to avoid unnecessary clutter.

Kitchen strategies:

Another major room in most people’s homes is the kitchen. If you are planning to renovate your kitchen, and you usually prepare home-cooked meals, build a menu in advance. Think of some easy meal options that you can do during the time of the renovation. For example, anything that can be grilled is a great idea, or something that can be put in the oven or microwave with little to no preparation. You can also order food to be delivered to your house or go out-to-eat. It’s a good idea to have easy snack ideas handy as well such as Chex mix or a banana. Another way to reduce your time in the kitchen is to stock up on disposable dishes to avoid using the sink or other appliances while work is being done.

Hopefully these tips are able to help make your life a little smoother during big renovations. If you need renovation ideas or projects to be managed, I am happy to guide you with my interior design expertise. You can contact me by Calling Adolfson Interior Design at (651) 468-6208 or email

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