We must also make room in our packed-to-the-rafters home to accommodate the boxes and boxes of supplies and parts that will eventually be delivered. What to keep, what to throw away, what to donate?!! And dogs --- the bark at any and all strangers/noise variety -- I have 3 of those, eeeek.
A very good hint from Domino Magazine:
"Hi! Melissa from @thefauxmartha here with inspiration for adding character to a new build. To build something out of nothing is an amazing experience. But it's also stressful from the sheer amount of decisions you have to make -- to everything from window selection to trim height to door hinges. Don't be afraid to scale back and go simple. A quote I live by from Leonard Koren: 'Pare down to the essence, but don't remove the poetry."
In my case: for each room that is to be renovated, I choose one or two essentials; things that I really, really like; at prices that aren't too excessive. Then, I'll encourage hubby to decide on the rest. He knows what I basically want (nothing tooooo ugly). He'll find them quickly and most likely at a bargain price. He's good at that. Tada! My stress level will remain within normal range, and he'll feel like the boss-man that he thinks he is, ha!
Of "essence" to me at the moment:
1. A modern light fixture I've had my eye on for 2 years; pricey, but discounted.
2. Patterned ceramic floor tiles for one of the bathroom floors at a price (89 cents each) that didn't break the bank. I needed 17 boxes of these. They will be installed in a random pattern which is quite popular nowadays.