We imagined moving into a freshly renovated, clean, bright space. In my imagination, we would be moving in the summertime, totally decorated and settled in by the fall time. Blah, blah, blah…. Everything would be just LOVELY.
But in reality, our renovation is months behind schedule, it's autumn, and we're moving into a house that's not even close to done (no kitchen, only one source of running water, etc…). YIKES. It's been a challenge. Tears have been shed. Pep talks have been given. And we've resolved to take it one day at a time.
As we've gone through this ordeal, we've talked to countless friends and family members who have been through the exact same situation. Sadly, it's not that uncommon. So I thought I'd share with you the number one thing I've learned that has helped me deal with it.
The magic of one nice space!
I can't remember who it was that shared this tip with me, but the first day we moved in (our home was a complete wreck and our moving truck hadn't come yet so we didn't have any furniture), we took the time out to create one space (a bathroom) that was clean, nice and sort of decorated. It's not even a finished room, but just making it FEEL like a normal space was a huge sanity booster.
Since then, I've been working to unpack or settle a TINY space each day. Even if it's just organizing our food or consolidating some boxes, it has helped me SO much because, even though I have zero control over the situation as a whole, I can start and finish little jobs that give me a sense of progress. It honestly feels like magic.
If you've been though a crazy renovation experience, I want to hear ALL the details, and most of all any methods that helped you cope! The other ABM readers will appreciate your tips as well. #grouphug you guys!!! xx- Elsie
Credits// Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.