Mind Over Remodel

A renovation psychologist matches behavioral traits to the right home improvements

hammer on a sofa
Illustration by Ellen Weinstein
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Ever literally cried over spilled paint? Chances are you chose the wrong project for your personality type, and looking inward at how you're wired might help. No joke. Licensed psychologist Debi Warner's Littleton, New Hampshire, practice is based on that theory. Which of her profiles fits you?

Mildly repetitive-compulsive:
Not to make light of a true disorder, but if you pay slavish attention to details, we've got the perfect project for you.
Try: Sanding and refinishing floors, which both require patient repetition at a slow pace.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder:
So prolonged focus on one thing isn't your strong point—not a problem!
Try: Demolition. You still need to be careful, but wielding a sledge hammer or Wonder Bar will feel therapeutic.

Slightly codependent:
Always placing your own needs on the back burner might be bad for relationships, but it's helpful in one particular renovation task.
Try: Wallpaper hanging. Coordinating with the hanger on the ladder means letting him or her control the pace.

For more insight, visit Renovation Psychology

hammer on a sofa
Illustration by Ellen Weinstein

Ever literally cried over spilled paint? Chances are you chose the wrong project for your personality type, and looking inward at how you're wired might help. No joke. Licensed psychologist Debi Warner's Littleton, New Hampshire, practice is based on that theory. Which of her profiles fits you?

Mildly repetitive-compulsive:
Not to make light of a true disorder, but if you pay slavish attention to details, we've got the perfect project for you.
Try: Sanding and refinishing floors, which both require patient repetition at a slow pace.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder:
So prolonged focus on one thing isn't your strong point—not a problem!
Try: Demolition. You still need to be careful, but wielding a sledge hammer or Wonder Bar will feel therapeutic.

Slightly codependent:
Always placing your own needs on the back burner might be bad for relationships, but it's helpful in one particular renovation task.
Try: Wallpaper hanging. Coordinating with the hanger on the ladder means letting him or her control the pace.

For more insight, visit Renovation Psychology

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