If you are currently carrying out a big build or renovation, then you’re probably living in the dark ages. That is to say, during a big build, the concept of actually living comfortably gets pushed to the back burner.
Suddenly, the most important things become: is this light fitting right for this room? Should we knock down the wall between the dining room and the kitchen? Where is all this water coming from in the entrance hall?!
This is fine for a few months, anyhow. But builds can last for way longer than you initially think, with some of them even taking a couple of years – or more! – to finally finish.
It’s unreasonable to expect you and your partner – or a family, for that matter – to simply push through for that amount of time. You need a way to keep your home cozy, comfortable, and ultimately liveable for however long the build is going to last.
With this in mind, here are a few ways to keep your home feeling homely:
Keep Your Comfort In Mind
Once again, it can be easy to keep your own comfort at the back of your mind, but if you want to keep your stresses down to a minimum, you have to avoid the urge to do that.
Many people hire a campervan or live somewhere else entirely during a big renovation project, but not everyone can afford this. If you are staying in the house itself, make sure you purchase an affordable couch for the living space, something simple but cozy!
Make Sure Everything Is Visible
One of the big stresses that can come with a big build is everything being everywhere! It can be hard to keep track of everything, especially if a load of cabinets has had to be removed from specific rooms. Make sure you purchase plastic, see-through tubs for clothes and amenities, allowing you to clearly see where your things are at all times.
Aesthetics Can Make A Big Difference
Speaking of comfort, aesthetics can make a big difference. For instance, if you are sleeping on a simple mattress on the floor, make sure you have pretty sheets to make it look inviting. In fact, any living space should be decorated beautifully. It won’t take long, but it will make a big difference when it comes to keeping the family sane and happy whilst things aren’t exactly looking pretty around them.
Don’t Underestimate Flowers
Flowers can also be important here. We often underestimate how essential nature is to our state of mind. Having flowers around the house, however, can help with mental well-being and can do a great job of relieving any stresses or anxieties that are happening in relation to the building itself. Make sure you look up the best flowers for mental well-being and place them in all the living spaces around the house.
Keep The Kids’ Rooms Fun!
Perhaps most importantly, if you have kids who are living through this big build, you need to ensure that they are happy and comfortable at all times. If their rooms are a work in progress, let them go a little wild with it.
Paint on the walls, balloons, anything you can think of that will give their room a fun twist that will be perfect for keeping it cozy and representative of them.
Remember, by the time the work is done, you won’t be able to tell what happened in that room during the actual build. So let their cheeky side reign and ensure they are always happy in their own space.