Living through a renovation isn’t easy and when you’ve got children there’s a whole additional layer to add into the process. Our kids have pretty much come into this world knowing nothing other than life in the renovation world. Not sure why we haven’t shared our tips with you yet, but what better time than now? Here you have our top 4 tips to living through a renovation with kids.
This should come first on pretty much any list with kids. But with a renovation this is beyond important. Make sure if your kids are going to be around during any form of demo they have proper gear to stay safe, or they need to stay out. Our boys love being involved in the process and we see this as the perfect opportunity to teach them new life skills. We have bought them safety hats, gloves and glasses for them to wear around the job site when needed.
Life in a renovation is already crazy. Try not to make it more by being overly stressed and embrace the moment you are in, because you GET to live through a renovation. For us this has meant several things whether it’s bunking up in our kids room when we redid our bedroom or setting up our living room without ceilings and walls, like we are now. Anyway we can embrace the moment we are currently in we do. Dance parties always help too!
Kids need boundaries and guidelines. It turns out that structure is a good thing in life. When we are talking about renovations with kids, boundaries have to be set. Areas they can and cannot go into. Explain why these boundaries exist. More often than not they will be safety related and we’ve found that simple explaining to our dudes why they cannot do something helps.
Clean up is essential in our minds throughout the entire renovation process. But it is extra important when you have kids living through the renovation with you. Take the time to make sure nails are not sticking out of the walls or floor. Sweep up and vacuum daily, if not more than once a day. A renovation is messy throughout the entire process and you can never be too clean. You’ll be so glad you stayed on top of the cleaning if you do it as you go!
Much Love –