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Why and How You Should Declutter Your Home Before Serious Renovations

A serious home renovation is a big undertaking that has the power to transform your space and your lifestyle. Your new home will become more functional as well as more aesthetically pleasing. But because of how substantial the planned work may be, it is essential to prepare properly ahead of time. One of the best steps that you can take to prepare your home and belongings for the experience of renovating is to declutter.

The Importance of Decluttering

Your contractors generally need to have a clean slate to work with. This means that all furniture, home décor, and other items need to be removed from the work area.

In many cases, you will be able to store items in your garage or in a spare room; however, there may be cases where it is necessary to rent out a storage unit for your furniture and other possessions. If you decide that you do need a storage unit, make sure to get the appropriate type for the items you are storing. Salt Lake Stor-N-Lock explains, “If you plan to store items that are susceptible to fluctuating temperatures, such as family heirlooms, electronics, wood or leather furniture or important paper documents, you will want to search for storage units with climate control.

When you spend time decluttering, you can eliminate the number of items that need to be moved, packed, and stored. You also eliminate the number of items that need to be unpacked after the renovation project is completed. While this saves you time and energy, it also can save money by reducing the size of the storage unit that you need to rent as well as the number of boxes and storage bins that you need to buy.

How to Declutter

To declutter your home, you need to essentially sort through all of your items one by one. Only keep items that you will have a need for after the renovation is completed. For example, you may not need all of your home décor if you plan to redecorate after the work is done.

When you begin the process of decluttering, decide whether each item should be kept, thrown away, donated, or sold. It can be hard to decide what to keep and what to get rid of. Rachel Jones recommends that you “Look carefully at the items in front of you. Pull out just the ones that you know you absolutely want to see them in your new home. These are things that you use regularly or love.” When that’s done, look at what’s left. If the items in front of you don’t seem worth the effort of packing and moving, then it’s time to let them go.

If you plan to keep items, ensure that you pack them smartly and safely. This means packing items together that belong in the same room, and wrapping delicate items in protective bubble wrap or wrapping paper. Place the heaviest items in the bottom of each box or bin, and place the heaviest boxes and bins at the bottom when stacking them. Be sure to clearly label all boxes and bins using detailed descriptions about what the contents are and where they belong. This will come in handy, because there is always a chance that you may need to access some of your stored items before the renovation project has been completed, and because it will make moving your items back inside that much easier.

A serious home renovation essentially requires you to empty the work area of all personal items. You will need to move everything out of this space just as you would if you were moving into a new home. With this in mind, it makes sense to thoroughly declutter before packing up your belongings.

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5 Unique Tips When Choosing to Repaint the Interior of Your Home

Once you've lived on your own long enough, there may come a time when you look at the walls of your living room and decide they need a fresh coat of paint. Choosing the right materials and preparing the space can seem like a daunting task, but we have a few painting preparedness tips for you that will make the job go smoothly.

1. Move Furniture to a Storage Unit

Before you start painting anything, consider moving large items of furniture into an off-site storage unit. Painting your home's interior walls is hard enough without having to maneuver around your furniture and worry about either damaging it or getting paint on it accidentally. A storage unit is a great way to remove unnecessary distractions and keep your furniture looking pristine.

2. Mask the Room

With your furniture safely out of the way, it's now time to do what the experts call masking the room. This process involves covering the floors and any trim you don't want to paint. It's another step that will streamline the process and save you from potential hassles later. Two of the most important things you'll need are painter's tape, which is less adhesive than other types and drop cloths to put on large areas such as the floor. The drop cloth is durable and will catch paint splatters easily. You can use the painter's tape to seal off the corners of the fabric as well as any trim you don't want to paint.

3. Paint in Order

If you're painting an entire room, it's a good idea to do it in a particular order. For the best and easiest results, you should start with the trim since it is both easier and quicker to tape it off than to tape off entire sections of the wall. After you paint the trim, do the ceiling and end with the walls.

4. Roll Paint On the Edges

You'll likely paint surface edges with a small brush for accuracy, but these areas will have a different texture from the walls if you leave it at that. To ensure an even surface throughout the room, you should use a roller along the edges after you have coated them with a brush.

5. Cut Painter's Tape

After the room has dried, you shouldn't just rip away the painter's tape. Although it is less adhesive than other kinds, it will still chip the paint. Instead, use a small utility knife to cut the tape away from the walls, ensuring that the smooth new finish remains intact.

These are just a few tips you can use to make re-painting your interior rooms a quick process that you'll only need to do once.

Sources

DIY Network

Stor-N-Lock

We Love Painting

The Family Handyman