Reno Realities 

T.V. Lies!  Well at least when it comes to home improvement. They make it look like it’s easy, tidy and even fast.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  I’ve lived through A LOT of renovations and construction; we built onto  our old house while living in it, and I know first hand the heartaches and headaches of it all.  I vowed never to do it again – then we bought a fixer-upper…….welcome back to Reno land, you were sorely missed.   
I don’t regret for a moment the purchase of our house, I love it and when the dust has cleared and the hammer stopped, it will be a great house for us.  In the mean time I have our junk “temporarily ” piled in constantly moving piles around our house.  It’s amazing how much a closet can hold!   It’s not that we have an over abundance of stuff, although it certainly feels like it right now, it’s that there is no where to put what we have in an organized fashion.  Trust me this is driving my OCD up the wall.  I think to myself, “I could just get rid of this stuff, and then it will be all better”.  But the stuff isn’t really mine or my husband’s, it’s the kids’ and they still use a lot of it.  So it would only mean re acquiring the stuff, which I hate even more than moving it around.  I know there is light at the end of the proverbial tunnel, but I can’t see it cause of all the stuff!  
The problem with renovating is that it always takes longer than you expect. Little things come up and co ordinating the project can get tricky. In my head it all seems very cut and dry, do A, B, then C and presto chango it’s done.  My head and reality disagree though.  B often sneaks in before A and then C gets made and the next thing you know your basement is torn apart and you can’t find room for your stuff!  Ok I’m having trouble moving past the stuff.  Visions of the hoarding tv shows are dancing in my head – and I’m afraid, VERY AFRAID!!  Deep breath, deep breaths.
 Renovations are worth it and doing as much of it yourself is more than worth it.  Not only do you save money, but you gain great satisfaction from accomplishing the changes on your house.  I do caution you though,  it’s not easy and you need to know what you are doing and what you absolutely need a professional for.  I am lucky enough to have a father in law who knows what he is doing and a husband who grew up around family in construction.  It is really easy to screw up your project, so make sure you know what you’re doing.  Ok that’s my disclaimer so as not to make mad the professionals……..after all I hope one day at least one of my kids will be one!

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