Remodeling Burnout and Three Ways to Get Through It | Rules of Renovation
As with any job, remodeling can start to feel monotonous. It can become frustrating and after a while, the excitement that you once felt can slowly disappear. This especially happens when you work all day long and you cannot see any difference after all of the hard work that you have put in. These feelings can affect your productivity and creativity, making your remodeling project lose all of its spice.
This is perfectly normal, so don’t worry if you start feeling the remodeling burnout because thankfully it is only temporary; it is only a phase that you can get out of. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and after many years of going through this phase during different projects, I would like to share with you three techniques that have helped me continue to enjoy working my remodeling projects.
Yes, as simple as that, breathe. Schedule regular breaks, go for a walk or take some time to meet up with a friend. Even though you may feel that taking a break will interfere with your schedule, I promise you that after you step out for a moment, you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle your remodeling challenge head on! You’ll be surprised how much a 15-minute walk can change your perspective.
When you have done a few remodels, you may find yourself stuck for ideas after a while. The best thing to do is to go outside and look around. Look for inspiration from the neighbors and pay attention to what they are doing; what has worked for them? If you can, ask the neighbors directly if you can visit their house and see for yourself. Visit model homes, use Pinterest or visit blogs. There are so many apps that can also inspire you with new ideas and show you the latest trends.
What I really want to say is, don’t be afraid to look or ask for help! We cannot be creative geniuses all the time and there will be occasions where we will need a little extra inspiration. Don’t let that lack of inspiration discourage you, go out and look for it!
Make a Change
You’re working on a particular project and no matter what you do, you feel as if you’re just not getting ahead or making a difference. The best thing that you can do is step away. Just to be clear, I’m not suggesting that you stop working on your project altogether but try working on something else. Choose something that you know will work and where you will be able to see clear results. Maybe start painting a room, or clear out any trash that is in the yard, any visible change will motivate you to keep on going and your remodeling burnout will disappear.
These three techniques have helped me time and again when I am starting to feel that remodeling burnout. Remodeling a home is great fun: it can be exciting, it lets you express your creativity and it can give you a great profit when done properly. But, it is hard work! It can get monotonous, frustrating, and our inspiration can sometimes disappear. Just remember that it is a process and if you plan your steps carefully and follow these techniques, remodeling burnout will be a thing of the past.
Hopefully, these rules of renovation can help you start enjoying your projects once again, they certainly did for me.