When I got home on Thursday after a long day at work, I was expecting the bathroom to be finished and our bedroom to be plaster-boarded. Tom was off work and the bathroom man was over so in my head that meant two rooms looking totally different to when I set off that morning. In hindsight my expectations were totally unrealistic. However when I was greeted by one grouted wall and one plaster-boarded wall I’ll admit to feeling frustrated about the pace of our home renovations for the first time.
I’d worked late and was tired but I also think my frustration was down to the nesting urge that has been taking over me recently. At 24 weeks pregnant I know there is still plenty of time but I have been feeling the need to have a little bit more order in our lives. We don’t have a single finished room in our house at the moment and as our bedroom is out of order completely we’re basically living in the spare room with no storage and everything pilled up around us. The bathroom will be the first room to be done and while its been fully useable for weeks the last few things are just taking forever and the ‘bathroom man’ (plumber? bathroom fitter?) is only working on it one day a week which makes it feel so very drawn out.
We have an odd few things for the baby already, some outfits (mainly bought by friends but also a couple of sleep suits I just couldn’t resist!) and lots of freebies from Emma’s Diary and Bounty packs. The baby doesn’t have a room yet, or even a single drawer to their name (ha to their name, we are such a long way from agreeing on any potential names!) so everything was stuffed in carrier bags in various rooms around the house.
Tom is working so hard and doing such an amazing job. He’s working full time and using every spare minute to work on the house. I’m next to useless really as I cant do any heavy lifting or any of the manual jobs. Home renovations brought to mind images of painting and home décor but we’re such a long way away from that!
I decided to do what I could to make myself feel a little better about the chaos this weekend. I’ve organised all of my clothes into the maternity ones that fit me now and ‘everything else’. I already had a mass clear out of clothes before we moved so there wasn’t really anything to get rid of, but I didn’t see the point in clothes I cant wear for the rest of the year taking up all of the available storage. I ordered some vacuum storage bags and have packed them all away. Now I have one hanging rail and two drawers contained every single item of clothing that I can still wear, and it actually feels really good!
Organising my clothes freed up two boxes for me to sort baby’s things into as well, one for clothes and one for nappies, wipes and mini samples of lotions and potions. I feel much better that everything is all organised and in one place and my nesting urges have been satisfied for the time being!
I also decided to have a bit of a spring clean. I’d been putting off giving the bathroom a really good clean until it was finished, opting for a quick wipe around instead. It just gets so filthy every time work is done in there. But realising it may well be a while before its done I have given it a really good clean and the one finished corner looks very shiny indeed.
I’ve also hovered through despite more dust being constantly created and the fact that we’re wearing shoes inside anyway because we have bare, untreated floorboards with scattering of nails as our flooring of choice at the moment! Clean bedding and an empty washing bin have helped too. There’s something very satisfying about washing drying on the line isn’t there?
I know it will all be worth it in the end. After resting over the weekend and doing the best I could to improve the chaos, I’m feeling better about the whole situation again. My patience has been restored. Which is just as well really since work on the extension hasn’t even started…
Any tips for surviving home renovations?
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