4 Ways To Destress While Renovating Your Home

Renovating a home is up there with one of the most stressful things you do in your life

I have renovated every home I have owned. So that means I live in it while the renovation is happening

Each renovation varies in length and my current house is being done a lot slower than the others. Main reason being as I intend to stay here for a long time. Most houses I live in for 2 years and then sell and buy another one to cash in on the tax free profit

So I get the renovation done completely within that 2 year period

I try and do as much of the work myself when I can, this is mainly the decorating side

Doing it this way means I spent a lot less money hiring people to do small jobs which I am perfectly capable of doing myself

Re-wiring or moving mains pipe works is something that has to be left to the professionals

Being able to wind down and destress is important and here are a few ways I find helps



Remember the reason you are doing this

For me I always buy properties that need renovation for the money aspect

It is all about the profit for me, that is a huge motivation

When I think about how much money I am making by doing the renovation it helps me put things back into perspective, as it is all worth it in the long term

This house is slightly different as I have already been here 2 years and have absolutely no intentions of selling up and moving

With that in mind, I put less pressure on myself to do the decorating as I am not in any rush or time scale.  I can have days or weeks or months where I don’t do anything to it and it doesn’t matter



This might be something that to some people is the worst part of all however, I find it quite therapeutic

Staying on top of the cleaning as you are renovating will help see the positives

Clearing up the dust or mess as I go along on a day by day process really helps me destress. The cleaning up at the end of the job feels like another tick on the progress chart which I find satisfactory

I then find I am worrying about the dirt being traveled through the rest of the house


Having time away from your home while renovating is a must for me
Plan day trips or weekends away where possible so you can spend some time away from what is going on at home
A day at the coast or a night away at a friends will help you forget about the work that is happening at home
Out of sight, out of mind


There are little things that will help you feel less stressed at home
Having a clean mug to have a cup of coffee out of might well be the thing that makes you smile that day
Freshly washed bed lining to sleep on that night
Bake some bread so it fills you home with delicious smells
Still light those candles in the lounge when you are watching TV of the evening, making your home still feel like home
You can see how my bathroom renovation went here
A lot of the other work is under going or part finished but I am not in any rush to complete it
Hope some of my de-stressing ideas while renovating help you
Is there any advise you would give someone to help them destress while they are renovating their home?


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  1. Margaret Gallagher
    27/09/2018 / 08:33

    Certainly a very stressful experience – your tips will certainly help thanks

  2. Tracey Hallmark
    27/09/2018 / 09:37

    We are currently undertaking our first renovation and although it can be hard to live with the mess sometimes as a room is completed it all becomes so worth it so far we’ve done the lounge and bathroom and at the moment we are on the new staircase and redecorating and I totally agree with you about doing the smaller tasks such as painting yourself. Happy renovating folks and enjoy the finished article x

  3. A S,Edinburgh
    24/10/2018 / 08:09

    You’re so right about the importance of getting out of the house.

  4. bev
    24/11/2018 / 10:37

    I don’t mind renovations but if the kitchen’s being done – I HATE it!

  5. Happy Hiller
    23/01/2020 / 15:27

    Thanks for sharing these tips! So glad I popped by!

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