Remodeling your home can be exhausting and stressful for some people, but fun and exciting for others. Regardless of how they feel about it, I’ve noticed that everybody has these two questions to ask: “How much will it cost?” and “Can we stay home during the remodel?”
There is no standard answer to the first inquiry, as costs will always depend on various circumstances. But to the second one, the answer is yes, you can (most often) stay home during a remodel. If the project doesn’t involve significant whole-house renovation, I’d say there’s no reason for you to go to a hotel.
I know that many people think such activity will create tension, noise, stress and a lot of dust. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a good night sleep on your bed if you follow a few simple rules:
Keep the dust away
The dirt from remodeling could trigger allergic reactions; try to keep it away from your bedroom. If the restoration takes place in the bedroom, and you can’t move the bed into another room, ventilate the area as much as possible.
The bedroom is not storage!
Resist the temptation of jamming things in the bedroom! Make sure that all the construction materials and equipment don’t stay in the room during the night if the remodeling targets the bedroom. You need to make that place a free zone; otherwise, sleeping in it may be difficult.
Open the windows
Let fresh air come into the bedroom before going to sleep, especially if you have trees or meadows close to your house. If it’s warm enough outside, you can even sleep with the window open (just make sure you have a protective mesh to keep the insects away).
Cool down the room or the bed
Experts say we sleep better when the temperature in the room is lower. But if you can’t command the entire bedroom, control the mattress you sleep on: as trymattress.com suggests, a cooling mattress topper can do the job. Those products are made from gel-infused memory foam, and their primary feature is taking in the body heat and distributing it equitably while you sleep.
Create a proper sleeping environment
A relaxing bedroom environment is essential for a good night rest. Keep the room dark and block all noises. If total darkness doesn’t do it for you, try a Himalayan salt lamp. Besides spreading a pale glow in the room, it also helps you breathe better due to its air-filtering feature.
Use natural fabrics
Cotton or bamboo sheets can make you feel more comfortable in your bed and, thus, fall asleep faster than usual. If you’re not already using natural fabrics for your bedding, a remodel is the perfect time to make the switch.
Turn off electronic devices
The “blue light” that all electronic devices cast is considered harmful to your sleep. The wisest thing to do is to turn them off when bedtime arrives – in fact, take them out of the room. And turn off the TV as well.
Avoid heavy meals and stimulators
It’s best to have a light dinner, at least three hours before going to bed because what you eat will impact the quality of your sleep. Also, avoid stimulators such as coffee, alcohol, energizing drinks, etc.
Take time to unwind before you go to bed. Read a few pages from a book, listen to music, do some handcrafting or meditate. Clearing your mind of stressful thoughts will help you get a well-deserved rest.
Stick to a schedule
If the remodel period requires that you wake up earlier than usual (for a while), go to bed sooner than your typical hour, just to make sure you get the amount of rest you need. Stick to the new schedule until the job is done and you won’t feel sleep deprived.