Rotting wood. Hideous linoleum. A hole in your roof. Ah yes, the joys of homeownership.
Maybe you’re a first-time homeowner, and you’re just brimming with naive optimism about how much fun you’re going to have while renovating your new house. Perhaps you’ve been shacking up in the most expensive thing you’ve ever purchased for decades, applying quick fixes here and there as things continue to deteriorate all around you (read: delaying the inevitable). Whatever your situation or attitude toward home renovations, one thing is true for everyone: Renovating your home is one of the most disruptive life events you’ll ever have to endure.
If securing contractors, coordinating sequential timing of the work, and procuring expensive materials wasn’t painful enough, just wait until you’re living in an active construction zone. That’s not to say it won’t all be worth it in the end, just that it’ll totally suck until you get there.
As with anything, the best way to weather the storm is to get ahead of it. And whether or not you’ve thought this far, storage solutions will be a non-negotiable part of your planning process. The obvious challenge will be packing your belongings and removing them from the danger zone while ensuring access to any items you’ll need regularly. Of course, the severity of your storage needs will depend on the extent to which your home will be undergoing renovations. A kitchen remodel will be less disruptive than a total slash and burn.
Sacrifice another room
Home renovations are about sacrifice, which means you might have to sacrifice another room in your home to use as temporary storage. This is ideal for anyone with a spare bedroom or den area that won’t gravely impact your way of life should it suddenly become overrun with your stuff. Of course, this solution will only work if the room in question won’t be undergoing its own remodel. But hey, look on the bright side! If your guest bedroom becomes a makeshift storage area, you’ll have a great excuse for not hosting friends and family from out of town. In the meantime, lean on rolling racks and stackable bins to get by.
Phone a friend
If you’re going to suffer through a disruptive home renovation, you might as well bring your friends and family down with you. Share the love, so to speak. This is an especially ideal scenario for cashing in on any favors your friends might owe you. And if it’s family, just pull the unconditional love card. That said, there are still rules. For starters, don’t act like a jerk. If using your loved ones’ garage, attic, or spare room as a temporary storage space, be absolutely certain it won’t impact their lives in a horribly inconvenient way. Behave in ways your future self will appreciate when you get to relive the fun of home renovations all over again. When all else fails, bribery is always an option.
Burn everything and start over later
“Out of sight, out of mind,” they say. Whoever they are, they make a solid point. If you’re already experiencing heart palpitations at the thought of organizing and storing all of your material things, maybe you should just light a match and let it all burn instead.* A practice of non-attachment, if you will. It’s not the most environmentally conscious option, but who doesn’t love a good bonfire? You could even call it a housewarming party.
*Northwest Self Storage shall not be held liable for any damage or injury resulting from your inability to read sarcasm.
Rent a self-storage unit
Bracing for a long and wild renovation ride? Save yourself the hassle and just get a damn storage unit.