I remember being very traumatized by our own painting and carpeting adventures. I would vote for getting out of dodge as much as possible.
Ferrett dragged me out and it was A Good Thing. I have more perspective after just half an hour away.
Have you considered getting an inexpensive hotel room for a couple of days, even if you don't spend all day there, just to have some sort of away-from-the-house place to go for a while?
Or a storage place for the stuff? I've no idea about the US market for that kind of thing but here I think it would be cheaper than a hotel room.
2010-09-26 06:34 pm (UTC)
If the basement's getting full, one of those Pod things for moving could be cool. Pack stuff into it in the driveway, then unpack when done. No idea how much they cost though.
We're reaching the end of the stuff that needs to go in the basement, and it's only another week. I will bull through.
2010-09-26 07:48 pm (UTC)
The tent idea (from the later post) has a lot of what I thought of with the pod - physically there, so convenient. Even better is you can hang in the tent :)
That's what I'm thinking, though not getting a lot of positive feedback from the spousal unit.
It's not worth the work of hauling the stuff to a storage unit, and frankly if I have to rent a storage unit to hold my stuff, then I need to get rid of stuff!
This will all be done in another week. I will survive.
Totally! I have been known to tent in the back yard during renos - it upsets me so badly!
Tenting may actually be a good idea, even if we just put a bed and a couple chairs out there, for sleeping away from the dust while not having to trek back and forth for our stuff. I will have to discuss this with Ferrett - we have a three room tent we've never even put up!
As much as all this is costing, I really don't feel comfortable spending more money for that. And I would inevitably need something that was back out the house.
Ferrett got me out for a little while and it really did help. If I start feeling panicky again, I can escape to the Starbucks just up the road.
*Hugs* I second the hotel room vote, just for a few days.
Just getting out of the house has helped. I'm doing better. If the work on the floors is too terrible, I will consider that.
Same with the hotel, cheap airport type place, as long as it is clean, can be refreshing.
I'm going to try and hold out, for the sake of our budget (the floors, though we are getting a great deal on them, were not planned for at this time so we're stretching). But I may opt for a hotel for health reasons if doing the floors is too bad.
Surely there must be local crash space available!
So many of our friends have cats! And it doesn't solve the "need to get to stuff" issue. I'm leaning toward the tent idea.
I will now spam you with images of brightly painted adorable homes with hardwood floors.
That are spotlessly clean. :) It's all about visualizing the end product.
2010-09-26 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Visualization Therapy
I adore that first one! And, yes, it helps to imagine what it's going to be like when all is finished.
Unfortunately, my mental picture of happiness has about 1/3 less stuff than we actually own!
Thank you so much. It's definitely a First World Problem, and I'm a little ashamed at being such a baby about it.
When you get both physically and mentally upset, that isn't "being a baby", though compared to third world problems, does put it in perspective.
It's definitely a stress, but I'm trying not to let myself lose too much perspective about it.
Some days, being an adult totally sucks.
It does, indeed. The REALLY fun part is going to be the tug-of-war over what goes back upstairs, what finds a home in the basement, and what gets binned.