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This February, Horderly will be changing the lives of clients in Alabama and Tennessee. If you want to work with a Horderly professional organizer, simply answer a few questions about your project here and we’ll be in touch.
Specializing in decluttering, organizing and unpacking, Horderly will create and help you maintain a steady, functional home and lifestyle.
In honor of our collaboration with The Wills Company, Horderly wanted to give readers our tips and tricks to prep for a home renovation, to make sure you are organized before the dust flies!
Preparing for a home renovation can be stressful, we get it! The bigger the job, the more you need to prep. Prepping now will make putting the puzzle pieces together at the end of install that much easier!
Take Before Pictures
Home renovations are a big deal!
Before everything gets ripped apart, make sure you take a before photos to commemorate the way your space once was. Your older self will thank you when you want to show your kids or grandchildren what your home used to look like!
Decluttering before a renovation is crucial, and will make life so much easier when you’re moving items in your new space.
At Horderly, we love to edit. You’ll hear us say this a lot! Editing means deciding which items to keep, toss or donate.
Go through each room that is being renovated and take all items out of where they’re currently living. Touch on each and every item to decide whether you still love it and are using it, or whether it can find a better home at Goodwill.
Don’t forget about any items that have slowly crept their way into another space in your home when ideally they should live in this space as well! For example, should some items that have made their way into the hall closet actually be living in the family room? Are there items in your basement that are overflowing from the kitchen? Make sure you’re keeping the whole house in mind while editing an individual room.
The most important part of editing your space before renovations is so that you know exactly what you have and how much you have of it.
Editing your belongings can really put your realistic goals into perspective!
Donate, Then Take Inventory
Donating lesser-used items will make you feel lighter and your space less cluttered! After you’ve edited your space, make a list of everything you’ve decided to keep – and a list of items you need to purchase or replace once your renovation is almost over.
Look at all of your “keep” items and decide which can be stored away and which need to remain accessible. This will help you determine how much storage space you need to plan on creating in your renovated area!
The goal is to create not only a beautiful new space, but also a functional space that can be easily maintained for your family’s lifestyle.
For example, do you need to reconsider that modern entryway table you’ve been eyeing – with no storage for a custom built-in? Should you give up on the idea that you can do all floating shelves in your kitchen?
Consider which design options or built-ins to add to your renovation plans that will provide a beautiful but functional space for your “keep” items.
Sort, Box Up & Label
Now that you’ve decluttered and taken inventory of all items that need to live in the space being renovated, sort items by type and then box up.
For example, if your kitchen is being renovated, box like-items together and label each box accordingly. This is super important so that nothing gets lost and unpacking can be quick and efficient once your contractors have finished your project.
At Horderly, we always like to remind our clients that it gets worse before it gets better! Organizing (especially during renovations) is a journey that our organizers are experts on guiding you through.
Try your best not to stress while your home is being pulled apart during renovations. Trust your contractor and know that by the end of the project you will have a beautiful, new space that your family can enjoy.
When in Doubt, Call the Experts
Whether you need help getting organized pre-renovation, need help putting items back into place post-renovation, or whether you want to spruce up your current space without a demo – Horderly professional organizers can help you declutter every inch of your home.
Feel like you need a bigger space or need to move? Think again! Horderly organizers are experts at making the most of each and every inch of your current home. Creating maximized, functional spaces you love is Horderly’s priority and we’d love to help your home feel like home again.
Horderly will be in Alabama and Tennessee this February and are booking up fast! If you live in the area and want to learn more or book a session, reach out to [email protected] for a free phone consultation to have a professional organizer transform your space.
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