When you’re embarking on a renovation project, it’s a good idea to clear out as much space as possible before starting. Think about what you want and need in your new room. Follow these tips for clearing out, organizing and storing your belongings to ensure as little upheaval as possible.
Start sifting through your cupboards and bookshelves. If you need to pack up a room or two, now is a great time to assess what’s lurking in the back of your cabinets.
Pack frequently used items into transparent storage boxes. Label them clearly and move them to another room. They’ll be out of the way of dust and contractors, but still easily accessible. Items used less often can be packed in labeled cardboard boxes and stored out of the way. It’s a great idea to take photos of the boxes, so you can easily find things during the renovation or when you’re unpacking after the work is complete.
Consider Your Needs
If you’re planning an interior remodel to change the way you use your space, think about why you want to change the layout. Is it because you need a safe play area for young children, or maybe a small office space to facilitate working from home? Perhaps you feel the need to repurpose a spare bedroom? Whatever it may be, you should provide your designer or architect with as much information as possible about how you want to use your space, so he or she can really make it work for you. If you need a referral for a good professional we’d be glad to share some of our contacts.
Use Storage That Moves
Plastic storage boxes on wheels will come in very handy, as you’ll probably be moving things around to give us access around the house.
Most home remodeling projects involve some disruption, so plan ahead for changes to your daily routine. If you’re having your kitchen renovated, you should think about setting up a mini cooking station elsewhere in the house. This could be something as simple as a table and microwave.
Alternatively, you could arrange to stay somewhere else for a while. Pets might also need a place to go; ask a friend to help out or research reputable pet sitters in your area.
Make Some Room
Almost any renovation project will require you to be living in fewer rooms than usual, and these areas will need to be multifunctional. If you’re not going to keep all your furniture when the work is finished, it’s a good idea to pass pieces on or sell them before the work starts. Decluttering prior to the renovation means you’ll have fewer items to move, pack, store, and unpack once the work is finished.
If you’re planning to use a garage or loft for storage during the project, check in advance that large items will fit through doors and openings. Additionally, make sure you’ve cleared out sufficient space for the furniture to fit. Alternatively, you could rent a secure storage locker while the renovation is taking place.
Don’t Forget the Outside
If your project involves some external work, do that outside decluttering you’ve been putting off. Rent a dumpster to get rid of your accumulated junk. If it’s not junk, add to your project budget by selling your unwanted possessions on sites like Letgo or Facebook Curbside.
While a renovation project can seem daunting, it’s well worth the effort to have your home reflect your style and flow to meet your needs! We are here to help you along the way, whether it’s to refer you to one of our subject matter experts or to share our 30+ years of remodeling experience!