Two years ago I was a stay at home mom with 3 small kids, and our family embarked on a home renovation project we assumed would be straightforward. Easy. No big deal. After all, we were just adding a family room to the area off of our kitchen. It was estimated to take 8 weeks, our contractor had great credentials, and since I’d be home to oversee the whole thing, surely it wouldn’t be much of a headache at all.
Well, you know what happens when we assume things, right? Right.
As it turned out, what we assumed wouldn’t be a headache was more like a migraine, except instead of being able to take to my bed with a wash cloth covering my eyes I had to keep my kids from playing with the power tools. And instead of those weird rainbow visual effects all I saw were piles of dirt in my yard and drywall dust in my Cheerios.
Having lived through it, there are definitely a few things I’d do differently. Here are my tips for surviving a major home renovation project as a stay at home mom.
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Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.