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Before the pandemic, we used to spend so much time outside that some of us would overlook the potential of our homes. Now that we have a lot more time on our hands, you may want to give some home improvement projects a shot.
Our home is our sanctuary. Its atmosphere, design, and organization affect our mood and well-being. To make the rest of the lockdown worthwhile, we’ve listed a few tips on how to make your living space more inspiring and comfortable.
10 Tips on how to give your house a new look during the pandemic
The best thing about renovating and organizing your home is your freedom to do anything you want. If you’ve run out of ideas, here are some tips to get you started.
1. Reorganize sections of your house
A messy house creates unnecessary stress. For a clearer mind and lighter vibe at home, try to organize one room at a time. Marie Kondo rose to fame because of her KonMari method in organizing things that’s indeed a game-changer. Check out some of her tips below to experience its magic:
- Organize items by size to make it look neat.
- For drawers, you may use boxes or dividers to make things easier to find and prevent them from getting all mixed up.
- Fold your clothes into smaller sizes or roll them to save space and make it easier to find in your closet.
- Place items that you frequently use in the most accessible area of your shelves or drawers. Keep the seasonal decors and utensils on the top shelves since you rarely use them.
2. Declutter and let go of things you no longer need
You will be surprised by the stuff that you have accumulated over the years. When it comes to so much stuff, there’s good in goodbye. Instead of letting your stuff sit in your cabinets for years, let them go or donate them so you can have more space for new things in the future.
Thank your old stuff for serving their purpose in your life to ease the guilt of letting them go.
3. Design new areas such as a workstation or exercise area
Giving a new purpose for the unused areas of your home is a smart way to save space and keep your creative juices flowing. If you’re aiming to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle, motivate yourself by making a home gym or yoga area.
4. Change the theme of your home
When kids grow up, and careers change, your home could also use some adjustment. When your home matches your lifestyle and personality, you allow it to become a part of you and be more than just a house. Minimalist or Zen themed homes are in-demand due to their calming effect on the house.
5. Re-paint old cabinets
Paints do wonders on furniture. Cabinets that are still functional can look modern by giving it a makeover. You may choose a neutral color like gray to make it look more trendy or plain white for a more luxurious feel.
6. Repurpose old furniture
Your old furniture can serve another purpose by looking at it from a different perspective. Repurpose old doors into tables by putting a glass on top, or old french doors into a wall decor using the glass as picture frames. Look at your old stuff, and you’ll soon find something that you can turn into the furniture that you need.
7. Start making your vegetable garden
When food supplies are low, and you’ve been blessed with a patch of land, use your garden to your advantage by planting vegetables and fruits. Not only does it give you fresh produce, but also helps in saving the environment by starting a sustainable lifestyle.
8. Create an outside sanitation area
There’s nothing wrong with being extra when it comes to safety. Building a sanitation area outside your home is the most efficient way of keeping your house away from the coronavirus.
You may create a DIY enclosed shower area at the back of your home or a sanitation station on your porch. So every time you go outside, you can go directly to your sanitation area before entering the house. Here’s a DIY sanitation area tutorial that you can try.
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9. General cleaning to remove molds and dust buildups
Sometimes, your house simply needs a good scrub to make it look better. Spend some extra time dusting your chandeliers, removing cobwebs on your ceilings, or cleaning up your spice rack. At the same time, also check for water leaks or if you’ve been sheltering some ‘pets’ you didn’t know about.
10. Annual Maintenance
Just like things, our homes are also prone to wear and tear due to weather changes and damages it incurred over time. Some structural problems get more expensive if left unfixed. Make sure to prioritize home improvement projects once in a while to keep expensive repairs at bay.
Roof leaks and drainage issues can cause a ripple effect on other parts of the house, especially with wooden areas. Molds and decay may start to build up that can turn a simple maintenance job into a full renovation project. Maintenance is the key to a long-lasting beautiful home.
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Home improvement is fun until complex structural issues arise. Let us handle the hard stuff for you. Bergen’s Contracting and Repair offers home improvement services in Charlotte and its neighboring communities.