10 Ways to Stay Motivated During a Home Renovation

Written by Posted On Thursday, 28 March 2019 08:14

Fixing up your house can be a long, exhausting project that can often result in delayed plans. Initially, you might be enthusiastic about starting this project, but that energy can wear off quickly. It’s even harder to want to continue renovating when you live in what seems to be a construction because living in an environment like that can be draining on our emotions, especially when it comes to motivation. So if that’s the case, here are ten tips on staying motivated during, or starting, a home renovation.

Have a good plan

Having an effective strategy is almost the most critical part of any housing project. You don’t want to jump in without being organized and understanding the costs and timeline of the project, so make sure that you have a sharp outline of what your renovation will look like.

Get creative

Renovating a house is an artistic expression: you are changing something that once wasn’t the best looking into something beautiful. Any remodeling service will tell you that if you haven’t started a project, it’s easy to pump yourself up when thinking about some of the creative choices you want to implement into your house. Some ideas can be the theme of the decor you chose, the colors of the walls in all the rooms, or switching up your living style. You might also need to do some creative problem solving when it comes to the actual work, in the instance that something is not going to plan. When you think creatively, you open your mind up to new ideas and will most likely stay more motivated.

Set realistic expectations

Just like having a good plan, having realistic expectations is highly valuable. Understand what will and won’t work for your home improvement. While it’s good to fantasize about what your dream home is--since this can make you think more creatively--it’s important not to set the bar too high, especially when you’re working on a tight budget. You might have to improvise some design choices if your fantasies inspire you, and that’s okay! But when you set unrealistic expectations, chances are you will not be satisfied with the result.

Celebrate the small successes

One of the most important ways to stay motivated through any goal you’re working towards is to focus your attention to the smaller tasks. Without accomplishing these mini-projects, you will have done no work. Think of it this way; you can’t simultaneously work on every room at the same time unless you have an entire crew of workers at your disposal. Start with some of the more manageable tasks and celebrate their achievements. After a while, you will start to see your overall progress build up and will be more dedicated to continue the house-project.

Make quick decisions

When something goes wrong, you don’t always have the most time to figure it out. Learning to make quick decisions will save you a lot of time. This is especially true if you have a more massive project, as you won’t have all the time in the world to be indecisive. This can save you more money in the long run, as well.

Be prepared for change

Being adaptable to change will not only help you make decisions quickly but also stay motivated. While having a good plan set in stone is imperative to the success of your home renovation, chances are you won’t be following that plan the entire time. When something comes up, you have to take a moment to think out of the box on how you’re going to address it. This process will be much less stressful if you are prepared for it.

Set a deadline

Having a timeframe and end date for when you want your project to be completed is necessary. When you set time-bound goals, you will feel pressured to finish them. A deadline can act as a lingering force that drives you to accomplish the goal. Even if there is no real reason for having these renovations done (although it is smarter to finish a significant improvement before winter comes), it will still motivate you to continue your project. But don’t stress out if you miss the deadline. If that’s the case, you should reevaluate your current approach and see how you can finish within a reasonable amount of time.

Take before and after pictures

Taking before and after pictures is a great way for you to measure your success. If you’re familiar with setting SMART goals, you know that the “M” stands for Measurables. Setting measurable goals is highly valuable because they give you a way to track your progress directly. This makes it easier for you to see the value in completing the small tasks. And because you are always at the site of the renovation, you might feel that the progress you’re making is so abysmal. But by comparing your growth in the form of before and after pics, you will see just how much work you have done. You can also use an app for setting and tracking your goals, so you can always stay motivated.

Take a break

If you are involved with the physical labor, you need to rest. Many times we feel unmotivated due to a lack of sleep. You don’t want to strain your body, because that will prevent you from doing more work. We can also overclock our brains by overthinking about the process. So if that’s the case, you should pause and rest. If you can, you should take a small trip to get out of your house.

Share your progress with others

This might seem like an odd choice, but when you share your experiences with other people, you will become more passionate about your project. You can showcase your work on social media or other online communities, like DIY and home-improvement forums, or directly on your social media feed. Getting some positive feedback from other people will help you keep your momentum going.

Whether or not you follow all of these tips, know that it is possible to up your motivation for your home renovation.

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