With the amount of time we’re all spending indoors all of a sudden, it’s a great time to start looking around and considering some house projects. Even if you’re not thinking of selling your house right now, there’s no better time to get some work done around the home. Now, we’re not talking about re-roofing or building an addition or anything like that — I mean, unless that is something you want to do — but considering we’re all going to be inside for a fairly unknown amount of time, it makes sense to start thinking about what we can do around the house.
There are two factors that make this list awesome. They are:
- You don’t have to leave your home, and
- You don’t have to buy anything.
At a time when all travel outside of our homes needs to be as minimal as possible, anything that you can do inside of your home is awesome! And with our economy taking a downturn and a lot of concerns about employment and bills, it’s especially great that you don’t need to buy anything. Here are 10 simple ways to spruce up your home without leaving it, and without having to spend a penny.
- Rethink your windows. Gazing out the window is something that we’re all suddenly doing a lot more of, so we might as well be comfortable while we’re doing it. Pulling up a bench to sit in front of a window gives you an instant window seat. Putting a recliner there gives a cozy window seat with a backrest (and maybe a footrest!) to boot. Make sure that you are letting plenty of light in through the windows. Remove any decor or furniture that is blocking the light. You can repurpose the fabric from an old pair of yoga pants or jeans into a tie-back for curtains if you need to get them out of the way. Fresh, rejuvenating light coming in makes things feel just right.
- Upgrade your headboard. You can instantly update the headboard you currently have simply by arranging a blanket or tapestry over it. If you don’t have a headboard, those sample cans of paint from the last time you were figuring out new wall colors will come in handy! A popular trick is to paint a rectangle, circle, or half-circle right onto the wall at the head of your bed. You can get creative and make a pattern with multiple colors of paint, or just leave it one solid color to bring the whole room together. Whatever you decide to do, it’s an easy way to bring a new look into your boudoir.
- Time to sort through storage. You know that “sort storage” part that keeps getting tacked onto the end of your to-do list but never gets to-done? Now’s the time. Sorting through storage doesn’t have to be a chore, though; you can think of it as an adventure! There are probably some items in your storage that you may have forgotten about completely, and others that you may have been saving to refurbish or sell (or both!) and just haven’t gotten around to it. Now is a great time to clear out your attic, garage, crawl space, or anywhere else you’re storing old items.
- Rearrange your living room. Make sure that every seat feels like the best seat in the house for optimal binge-watching sessions on Netflix. Create an area where puzzlers can work their way through stacks of jigsaw pieces. Make sure you’ve got plenty of blankets, pillows and other soft textiles to make things as comfortable as possible.
- Organize your kitchen counters. Disorganized kitchen counters can make it seem like everything is falling apart. Try the tray trick: if you have a storage tray or a serving tray, use it to corral everything on your kitchen counters, from mail to medicine bottles. When it starts overflowing, it’s time to start culling the contents!
- Restyle your shelving. If a room feels like it just needs a quick refresh, try taking everything off of the shelves. Dust the shelves, and then put everything back in place, but rearrange things on different shelves. It’s amazing how much this little trick can make it look like a whole new room in your home.
- Bring in the outdoors. The next time you’re out on a hike or a walk, pick some wildflowers for a pretty kitchen bouquet. A bunch of flowers or greenery, or even an interesting-looking branch can lift your home and introduce a pleasant natural element.
- Refresh your sofa. If you have slipcovers or alternative throw pillow covers or blankets, now is the time to use them! Make your sofa look completely new for a fresh appearance and perspective. Whether you are selling your house or not, it helps to have an updated look.
- Get some mood lighting going. Overhead lighting inside of the home often feels too harsh. Change things up a bit by rearranging the table and floor lamps in your home to create a more appealing ambiance. Shaded lamps give off soft, diffuse light that create a cozy feel, so perhaps it’s time to add one to your living room or any other places where you find yourself spending a lot of time lately.
- Shop your home! Change the decor around in your home to make it fresher and more interesting as you make your way through a long week of quarantine. Simply swapping out the candlesticks you had in the TV room for the ones you had in the dining room can give your view of that room a lift.
This time has been challenging and we’re learning to better appreciate the insides of our homes all the more every day. We hope this helps you to care for and appreciate your home at no cost to you except for some dusting and a little light elbow grease. Even when you’re not thinking about selling your house, it’s a good idea to keep it in tip-top shape.