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Managing household items during extensive renovations

Major renovations are stressful to manage in themselves without the added concerns of finding precious items or furniture being damaged in the process. But what are the best ways of managing household items during extensive renovations?! From protecting belongings to minimising disruption, as well as how to save you time and money, keep on reading for all our best tips!

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Moving boxes and furniture in new home

Planning and preparation

1. Create an inventory of household items

Before renovations start, you’ll need a precise inventory of your household items. Start by categorising everything, from kitchenware to decorative pieces. Take this as an opportunity to not only organise but also declutter and simplify what you own. Do this by giving away or selling items you no longer need, and disposing of those that no longer serve a purpose.

In this process, you can consider secure storage facilities in your local area, such as storage units Auckland, to keep your belongings safe but out of the way. This may be necessary if you are completely gutting your house and there is nowhere watertight to store your items. Our tip is to size up and get a larger storage unit so your furniture and belongings aren’t crammed into a limited space. This allows for easier access should you need to get anything out of storage part way through your renos.

2. Categorise household items for packing

Now, it’s time to categorise your items. Think about grouping them by room or by their use. For example, all kitchen items can go together in one box or storage unit. This method simplifies packing and, later, unpacking. Pay special attention to fragile items. They’ll require extra care, so plan for additional padding and safe storage.

Garage storage

Packing and storage strategies

1. Gather packing supplies

Your next step is gathering supplies for packing. You’ll need more than just boxes of different sizes. Wrap small, delicate items in bubble wrap or opt for honeycomb paper for added protection while considering the environment. Use sturdy crates for heavier ones. Don’t forget the basics: markers for labelling and lots of packing tape. These supplies simplify the packing process while keeping your items safe when storing and transporting them.

2. Packing techniques for different item types

Different items need different packing techniques. Consider disassembling furniture to save storage space. Wrap each piece securely. Minimise damage to electronics by using static-free wrapping and protective materials. You can pack your clothing in suitcases or boxes, but consider vacuum-sealed bags to compress their size and maximise space. For your cherished sentimental items, individual wrapping and careful placement in heavy-duty containers will give you peace of mind.

3. Storage considerations

You must consider where to store your packed items. If you have space at home, utilise available places like garages or basements. However, these may not be enough for all your things. This is where external options like storage units come into play. These units are a dependable and spacious option for safely managing household items.

Organised garage storage boxes
You can store a lot in a well-organised garage at home

Minimising disruption during renovations

1. Establish a designated living space

Renovations, even minor ones, could turn your home upside down. Setting up a designated living space is crucial when specific rooms need an overhaul. Make this area a calm hub amid renovation activities by keeping this spot organised and equipped with essentials. This can help to simplify your daily routine and also preserves a regular lifestyle.

2. Protect remaining household items

The items staying in your home need protection. Dust and debris are inevitable during renovations, so use plastic sheeting to cover what’s remaining. Regular cleaning is also vital. It’ll help maintain a healthier environment and protect your belongings and furniture from renovation-related wear and tear.

3. Maintain a functional household

Your daily routines may need adjusting during an ongoing home renovation. If your kitchen is out of commission, set up a temporary one in a safe area, ensuring adherence to fire safety practices. The same goes for laundry and bathrooms. Communication with your contractors is essential. You’ll need to know their schedules to plan your day-to-day life around the renovation work.

Bonnie kitchen
When we renovated Bonnie’s home, she set up a temporary kitchen in her living room with essentials like a kettle and toaster | See her home reno journey

Post-renovation organisation

1. Unpack and reorganise

Once renovations are complete, it’s time to begin unpacking your belongings. Start with essential items, such as kitchen and bathroom products. Gradually, move to the things you less frequently use. This approach helps you rethink your space and how you want to use it. Use this time as another opportunity to declutter your home and perform a general clean-up, enhancing the feel of your renovated space.

2. Restore household systems

Reconnecting your household systems is next on your agenda. This step includes the electronics and appliances you use regularly. After connecting them, check that your appliances and electronics are working correctly, following the necessary safety procedures. This is also the perfect time to restock your pantry and household supplies. After all, a fresh start calls for a fully stocked home.

3. Reflect on the renovation experience

Finally, take a moment to reflect. How did your planning and organisation strategies work? What would you change for next time? Acknowledge the effort you’ve put in and enjoy your newly renovated space. And remember to get some well-deserved rest.

Do you have other practical tips in mind? Feel free to share your experiences in the comments to help others navigate their renovation projects more smoothly.

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