I want to start a remodel but have too many things:

declutter and remodel

It sounds like you have a lot of stuff that you don't necessarily want or need to keep around. This is overwhelming for your brain because your mind is constantly processing the mental stimuli (aka things) in your environment. This overwhelm can cause you to feel stressed out in your home and it can derail your plans to take action because any action seems overwhelming. This is a common feeling, so please know you’re not alone! It can be hard to think about remodeling a space that's filled with things. Instead of pulling the plug on this whole operation and letting this become a roadblock, we recommend you start with an empowering first move, decluttering your space.


Decluttering your space helps you establish the control that you’re longing for and it helps you to visualize the space you need. Once you have a vision of what you need to fit in the space then you'll be able to conceptualize how you want to use the space.

Step by step:

1.      Utilize the program Declutter & Defend to prepare your space.

Declutter & Defend is an on-demand decluttering program that takes you step by step through the process of decluttering and organizing your space. It is a fraction of the cost of hiring a professional organizer.

Your brain is already overwhelmed so start small…with a closet, the pantry, a drawer, or another small space. Once you see that you’re capable of tackling this space you’ll be encouraged and empowered to move on to the bigger spaces. Declutter & Defend can be purchased ala carte or in a package allowing you to focus on one room at a time, based on your needs. If you want a small sample of what’s possible, check out this video “6 steps to declutter your first small space” by Jenna Thibault, Intentional Living Consultant and creator of Declutter & Defend.

2.      Once your stuff is out the way you’re ready to consult an expert on home renovation. In this case, a Design Build company like Odell can offer you ease of mind in the entire process. Fill out this form to give the team at Odell a better understanding of what you are looking for in terms of renovating your space.

3.    hire a Design Build company to relieve the stress off your shoulders and RECEIVE A FULL-service remodel from the concept to completion of the project.Here the designer and contractor work SEAMLESSLY to complete your dream space. Learn all about the process here.

Wherever you are in your journey, we look forward to working with you.

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About the Authors:


Jenna Raus is the Business Development Manager for Odell Construction located in Westlake Ohio. Odell is Implementing an environment that fosters constant analysis, effective listening, communication, and innovation to establish a solid foundation for impeccable quality of work and expert home advice, propelling the industry into a higher benchmark of building solutions.

Jenna Raus

As an intentional living consultant, Jenna Thibault helps successful professionals throughout the U.S. learn how to live life with less stress. Jenna teaches her clients that to be truly stress free your physical space must mirror how you desire your mental space to look…uncluttered & organized. Jenna understands the hustle of your busy lifestyle which is what makes her so different than what you’ve seen before, she is not a professional organizer that’s going to come to your home for hours each day. Instead all lessons are bite-sized, self-study, and affordable, they are designed to optimize your time + effort, so you can spend your time where it really counts.

Jenna Thibault