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What To Do With Your Stuff During a Home Improvement Project

When you’re planning your home improvement project, don’t forget to include what you’re going to do with all your belongings while your home is a construction zone. This is one aspect of major renovations that people often forget to think about. Whether it’s renting long term storage units or packing your son’s bedroom with your stuff until the project is done, having a plan is the best way to deal with this problem.

Rent a Storage Unit

Renting a storage unit is probably the number one option for what to do with your stuff during a home improvement project, especially if it’s a project that’s going to take some time. Storage units usually have to be rented on a monthly basis, so keep that in mind when considering this option. If your project is only going to take a few days, this is not the most economical or practical solution. After all, you’ll have to pack up your things, load them, take them to the storage unit, and unload them.

If, however, you have a project that will take several weeks to complete, a storage unit is the best way to get your belongings out of the way. They won’t be in the area where the construction is happening and they won’t be in another person’s room, which can be highly annoying for the occupant of that room if it’s an ongoing situation.

Pack the Garage

Unless your garage is already jammed full of stuff, which isn’t all that unusual, you can temporarily put your belongings in the garage and park outside. This isn’t ideal if you’re renovating during the winter and you live in an area that gets snow, but remember that it is only for a little while and you’ll have your garage back in no time.

The garage is also a secure place in which to keep your stuff, which makes it preferable to putting it outside, which can be an option if you live in a place that doesn’t get much bad weather. Most people would rather stow their belongings in a secure place than outside in the open, even if it’s only for a couple of days.

Phone a Friend

What are friends for if you’re not able to use their spare room to store your stuff while your house is undergoing renovations? If you ask nicely, and you don’t ask them to help move it, a good friend might allow you to use their room or garage for a few weeks. Even if you offer to pay them for their storage space, this could still be a cheaper option than renting a storage unit.

Just make sure you keep your commitment to picking up your things when you say you will. Otherwise, your friends might be your ex-friends. In all seriousness, most people don’t mind giving up their unused space for a little while to a friend, especially if you’ve helped them out in the past.


Don’t wait until the last minute to decide where you’re going to store your belongings while your house is undergoing renovations. Make a plan now so that it’s less stressful for you when the time comes.