As anyone who has “survived” a stressful move or home remodeling project can tell you, there are many, many things that can go wrong at any step of the process, but the biggest source of stress can often simply be your partner or another member of your family. We sometimes forget that our home is our castle, and represents not just a physical sanctuary from the outside world, but a mental and emotional one was well. When our home is turned “upside down,” it can result in emotional turbulence, which can then be exacerbated by unforeseen problems and crisis. What can you and your family do to help reduce the stress, potential disagreements and strife that can result from a move or home decorating project?
Give Yourself a “Long Runway”
While not all of us are pilots or aviation experts, the concept of having a “long runway” is self-explanatory: the longer the “runway,” the more resources you have to work with and the easier it is to complete a project, even when unforeseen problems or setbacks arise. Depending on the project, a longer runway could represent a longer planning phase, a larger budget, or an extended work schedule. Conversely, the shorter the planning phase or schedule or the smaller the budget, the less “runway” you have to work with, which can put an excessive amount of stress on you, your partner and your family. For instance, if you have the space in your budget, a short-term self-storage rental can provide additional flexibility and “runway” during a home renovation or move.
Not every move or home renovation project can command a larger budget or an extended schedule, but it may be optimal to delay an unnecessary project or move if you feel as though you don’t have enough time, money or resources to get it right. By ensuring that you have the “runway” necessary to do things right, you can reduce both your stress level and the potential for problems.
The key to any successful project, whether it’s a move, a home remodel or any other personal or professional project, is to remain organized. Proper organization can mean the difference between your project proceeding smoothly, on schedule and within budget and it completely falling apart.
What is the key to successful organization? It’s all about you! While there are fundamentals that broadly bind all systems of organization, it’s up to you to figure out which system is most comfortable and effective for you. Some prefer to utilize the latest smartphone apps and Internet cloud services, while others prefer a more traditional system involving physical calendars, binders and accordion folders. It’s important to note that if you choose to go the high-tech route and utilize smartphone apps while conducting a long-distance move, you need to ensure that you have a backup in case you’re traveling in an area with spotty or nonexistent cellular service.
If you’re above a certain age, you may remember a song that was hugely popular in the late 1980s. Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” reminded us all of the importance of not taking life too seriously, and that message is especially apt when you, your partner and your family are dealing with the stress of a move or home décor project, and this is especially true if you have small children. Take breaks, plan fun activities and don’t let yourself become overstressed or angry in the middle of a crisis or temporary setback.