Whether it’s full-on renovations or just a new lick of paint, doing up the home with nobody around is challenge enough. Once you add a child or three? Chaos! However, it doesn’t have to be that way. Read on for some ideas for making the tasks a whole lot more manageable and a whole lot less stressful.
Wherever possible, ensure your little ones still have a place to play and run around. They’ll get irritated if you keep shouting “don’t touch that… don’t go in there”- and so will you! Instead, give them a set room or area each day they can be in. Move all of their toys into there so they have everything they might need. One of the major advantages of doing renovations in the summer is that your garden our outside space can become your home too. If you were considering buying a climbing frame, slide or paddling pool once the renovations were done, buy it now instead. That way the kids will have something new and exciting to occupy themselves with. This means that you can get on with the adult stuff inside!
It should be a priority to work with a reputable company. Look for good reviews and ones that mention fast turnaround times and hard-working staff. Also, plug for a company who actively label themselves as fast workers. This means that their reputation is built around providing this.
The Renovation Company are one such company who say that most home projects can be completed within 4-6 weeks; impressive!
Wherever you can, try to keep your living room in shape. Chances are the whole family spends a lot of time in here; the kids play on the carpet, and you watch TV in the evenings. Long-term disruption here can really be felt.
Same goes for their bedrooms. Not only will they lose a place to play, it could also affect how they sleep. This means grumpy kids the next morning; not fun for anyone! Don’t let tasks in their bedroom linger. Get them done straight away.
On the topic of sleep, if you have very young kids, make the most of their nap time! If you’re exhausted from wallpapering all morning, you might be tempted to have a nap yourself! But these moments are precious. You can get a lot more done if you are free to focus on the task at hand. It will also free up more time to spend with the kids when they do wake up.
Another priority should be their safety. Ensure you have explained to them very clearly that there might be tools in the house that are dangerous. Make it clear that they are not to touch them or play with them. Of course, you will be doing your best to keep them out of reach anyway. However, in the chaos of home renovating or decorating, sometimes this is hard. Make it into a game; if your kids see’s something where it shouldn’t be, like an open paint pot or a power tool, have them tell you. Give them a reward in exchange to say well done and thank you. This will give you extra motivation to not leave anything lying around!