Are you dreading renovation? Even when you know you’re a step closer to your beautiful dream kitchen and that lavish Pinterest-y bathroom with a clawfoot tub? Let us guess; you’re a hoarder! Kidding, everyone has stuff, and when you’re renovating your home, where do you put it all?
If your home is like most, it’s probably not big enough to accommodate a construction zone, your stuff, AND your family. You must be biting your nails, wondering how will you cook, where will you sleep, and most importantly, WHERE WILL YOU PUT ALL OF YOUR STUFF??? Do not fret, my friend; we’re here to help.
Hey Garage, Long Time No See
Remember that place you park your car? The one with all the extra space and holiday decorations? Time to introduce yourself to your garage again. Most likely, your garage is going to be the safest place for your belongings during construction. But before you start shoving everything in there, take some time to purge. You know you don’t need that old broken bike or those paint cans from the 80s.
We know it must be hard, but you can also part with that childhood toy box…for now. Once you’ve weeded out the unnecessary, give your garage a good cleaning. This way, when you start moving things in, you’ll have a designated spot for everything. Hurrah!
A Storage Unit is Not Just for College Students
If you have a lot of big pieces of furniture or if your garage is already full, it’s time to get a storage unit. Or if you’re from somewhere in Nashville, where the houses usually don’t have basements or attics, this will be a lifesaver. So, do yourself a favor, and run a Google search for ‘Nashville storage units,’ for instance, or ‘storage near me’ and find a place to stash your stuff. And just like your garage, take this opportunity to go through everything and get rid of what you don’t need.
When considering a storage unit, think about the size you’ll need and for how long. Also, be sure to ask about their security features and insurance in case of fires or floods. You don’t want your belongings to get damaged while they’re being stored, do you?
Your Grandma’s House is Not an Option
We know your grandma has an extra room/garage/attic that she would be more than happy to let you use, but it’s probably not the best idea. It’s just too far away, and it would be such a hassle to have to drive all the way there every time you need something. Not to mention, do you really want your things getting dusty in an old home? We think not.
So what you do is you phone a friend (lifeline). Maybe there’s a friend or neighbor who lives close by with some extra space. This way, it’ll be easy to grab what you need, when you need it.
Just be sure to return the favor soon! Food, drinks, and a movie marathon, maybe?
Portable Containers Are a Thing of Today
Remember impatiently honking at that U-Haul truck in front of you, going 20 in a 45? Yeah, we don’t either. But what we do remember is how those people made moving look so darn easy. Well, it is easier than you think! Just like storage units, there are now portable containers that will be delivered right to your doorstep. You can take your sweet time packing it up, and when you’re ready, they’ll pick it up and store it for you. No muss, no fuss!
Additionally, many of these companies will also deliver the container to your new home once the renovation is complete. Talk about convenience!
Ah, Stay in the Middle Dear Furniture:
Old-school methods you mocked as a child are now your best friend. That’s right; we’re talking about covering your furniture with sheets and plastic! This will help keep the dust and debris off your furniture and will make cleaning a breeze. We recommend storing your furniture in the middle of the room as well, away from any walls that may be getting worked on.
If you happen to have a lot of heavy furniture or appliances, ask your contractor if they can store them in the middle of your home. This way, your things are out of the way and less likely to get damaged. And, right there in front of you so you can keep an eye on it.
Tip on How To Store Your Stuff during Home Renovation:
You know you can always let go of some things, but we understand it’s not that easy. Here are some hints for making storing your things during house renovations a little easier:
Weed out the unnecessary: This is the perfect opportunity to get rid of stuff you don’t need or use. Have a garage sale, donate to Goodwill or simply throw it away.
Pack smart: To pack up your possessions, use old boxes or storage bins. Make a list of everything inside and the area it belongs in for each box. When you’re ready to unpack, this will save you a lot of time and effort.
Be prepared: Have a game plan for where you’re going to store your things. This will make the process a lot smoother and less stressful.
Now that you are loaded with information about where and how to keep your belongings while renovating your house, the procedure will be a snap!
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for! You’ve saved money, planned, prepared, and waited months or even years before making a move. So, if you feel the blues of moving the heavy items around or the sadness of seeing your home in a mess, remind yourself that it will all be worth it in the end. And if you need a little help, remember that there are plenty of storage options out there to make your life easier. Now go forth and renovate!