I don’t normally share photos of my home because lately it has been a hot mess due to recent renovations and construction. But with the holidays we’ve got guests coming into town, so I’ve had to clean up my act! And I’m sharing my tips on how to get it all cleaned up after renovations. In September, we completely gutted the guest bathroom, so the bathroom and the adjoining bedroom were completely emptied of their contents (and then they were completely filled up with dust). And all the items that were in those rooms went to live in our bedroom, or the living room, or the dining room for months! It’s been driving me insane! But with friends and family coming into town, I had to get it all cleaned up and put away, not only so it all looks good, but also for my own sanity! Here’s the before shot:
Here are my 5 Tips for Organizing Your Home After Renovations:
1. Gather leftover materials/tools. First, gather all of the leftover materials (the extra tiles, paint, grout, caulk) any tools, and all of your paperwork (invoices, receipts, warranties, appliance/fixture instructions) into one spot. 2. Put away these leftover materials/tools. Place the tools into your tool box, label the paint cans with the room name and paint color with a permanent marker (in case you forget or the sticker comes off), and keep some extra tiles in case one chips or cracks and needs to be replaced.
3. File paperwork. Next, file your paperwork into a folder or notebook labeled with the specific job (for me, “Guest Bathroom Renovation”) so you can easily find it later if needed. If you have any rebates, either manufacturer’s or energy rebates, take the time to fill those out and send them off. Remember, they count on you NOT to send in a rebate, so prove them wrong and get that money back! 4. Clean! Then dust, dust, dust and clean! I know, this part is NOT fun. There is always a lot of dust.
5. Organize! Finally, set up new organization systems in the renovated rooms. I hate taking the time to put something away when it’s just putting one mess on top of another mess, so I decided to do it right and get organized.
For me, this meant getting rid of a ton of clothes, storing away my excess winter clothes (I love scarves!) and summer clothes, plus my mountain of extra blankets and pillows. So while I was shopping last weekend, I picked up some things in the closet organizing aisle to help me, including these Ziploc Space Bags. My first step? Tackling my bedroom’s vintage laundry cart which is supposed to be where we store our extra blankets and the bed pillows (because they do not get thrown on the floor every night regardless of where my husband thinks they should go), but which instead has become the “Mountain in the Corner”.
- 7 blankets
- 1 huge down comforter (for winter months)
- 11 pillows
- 1 fabric shower curtain
- 1 box of scarves
- 1 County Fair stuffed animal prize
- 3 sets of unfolded sheets
I realized that the blankets and pillows could be BETTER stored inside the laundry cart, so that’s where the Ziploc Space Bags came into good use. The Ziploc Space Bags contain 3 times the storage compared to uncompressed storage volume. Plus the bags protect against bugs, moths, and dust which is definitely helpful since we all know how much I hate folding sheets (just look at that mountain!), and I really don’t want to have to rewash things because they got dusty during renovations. And the cat likes to catnap on the laundry cart and I hate finding kitty litter in my blankets. It was really easy to use the Ziploc Space Bags . First, I was surprised by how big they are! And then I followed the instructions to fill the bags with my folded items and sealed the bags using my fingers PLUS the zipper, making sure the ends were completely sealed. Then I vacuumed 30% of the air out and stopped in order to pull out the edges, push everything down flat, and really mold the bag, smooth out bumps, and create a flatter, smoother bag in order to avoid any issues. Then I vacuumed out another 30% and did the same thing, and finally vacuumed out the remainder and was left with flat bags of blankets!
Now the laundry cart holds 9 blankets, a shower curtain, and 2 pillows. Then I can put the bed’s pillows on top of that pile each night and everything still fits!Then I started going through my clothes and pulling anything I hadn’t worn in over a year, anything that didn’t fit right, and anything that was just worn out. I took my excess scarves (I don’t know why I have so many, I mean really I live in Los Angeles, it’s only cold for like 2 months) and folded them into a Ziploc Space Bag.Honestly, having a clean and organized home just makes me feel happier and less stressed. Your bedroom is supposed to be a calming retreat at the end of the day, so I’m glad mine doesn’t look like the washer and dryer exploded clothes and sheets and blankets all over the room anymore. And I’m glad the bathroom is finally finished and all the dust is cleaned up … at least for now. We start the kitchen and the master bathroom next month … Here’s a side by side shot of the before and after images: But at least the house is organized and clean for the holidays and all of our visiting family and friends! Do you have any renovation horror stories you’d be willing to share? Let me know in the comments!