Winter Home Improvement Projects
Now that winter’s here, it’s time to stay bundled up and be cosy. And with the frigid temperatures, it is tempting to just stay indoors, and just sit on the sofa for most of the day. However, it is unhealthy to not be active for prolonged periods of time, and can even give you a bit of cabin fever.
A way to beat this sedentary lifestyle is to work on a few home improvement projects here and there. Not only will it get you moving, you’ll also benefit from a revamped home. In some cases, you’ll even get your home ready for key times, such as the spring, summer, or selling and moving.
● Interior Over Exterior
When it comes to getting work done around your house in the winter, it’s definitely easier to focus on the indoors rather than the outdoors. Having to work outdoors is very uncomfortable, and the cold temperatures can hinder your progress, draining away your time and money.
Since you’ll be spending quite a bit of time inside, you might as well work on improving the interior of your home. These include tasks such as giving your interior doors a facelift, replacing knobs and handles, and sealing off a few cracks and gaps with filler or adhesive strips.
● Refinish Your Floors
Over the years, your floor will have withstood all sorts of things. And especially in winter, it will have to face plenty of snow and water, potentially sustaining damage as well. This is a great time to redo your floors or even putting in new flooring.
Refinishing your floors will do your home a world of good. It will make the floor look good as new and transform entire rooms. Refinishing will also give extra protection to your floors during the winter. For installing new flooring, the heated air and relatively low humidity levels make it easier. The dry air helps with preventing the wood from warping.
● Get Rid Of Some Stuff
Winter is also the perfect chance to take stock of what you own and clear out some space. This is a difficult task but you’ll be amazed at the results—you’ll get more space, a sense of relief, and even reduce your stress.
Having a bunch of stuff lying around overloads your senses, making you feel overwhelmed and stressed. Getting rid of this clutter will help to reduce these feelings. Go through each room one at a time and slowly, but thoroughly, take inventory of your items. Make 3 categories—keep, discard, and sell/donate—and put each item into one of these groups.
You’ll have to be very strict and ruthless here. If you haven’t used an item in over a year, it’s time to let it go. Try to be as realistic as you can about whether you truly need something or not. By getting rid of things you really don’t need, you’ll benefit greatly. You’ll have less things to clean and take care of, and you’ll even save money on a removal company, if you’ll be moving in the spring.
● Add New Colour
One of the easiest things you can do to improve your home is to paint your walls a new colour. Buying a few cans of paint is inexpensive and the job can be done on a weekend afternoon. If you want to repaint multiple rooms, take it one room at a time. You’ll have to cover or move any furniture to avoid a mess.
Adding a new colour can completely change the mood of the room. It helps to have a bit of bold colours in your life, especially with all the grey and white of the wintry weather outside. Try green shades to instill some energy, yellow to remind you of sunshine, or light blues to help you relax.
If painting seems a bit too permanent for your liking, you can always apply wallpaper instead. It is very cost-effective and easy to apply. You can also add visually interesting patterns that would have been too difficult to pull off with paint alone. Another way add colour into a room is to buy a few accessories such as throw blankets, cushions, or decorative pieces.
● Planning For Spring
Perhaps you want to work on the exterior of your house and would rather wait for when it’s warmer. If you’re not quite ready to tackle a home improvement project right away, then why not try preparing for one later?
You can busy yourself by researching the materials and costs involved with your future projects. Also, start creating a plan and design for the parts of your home you want to improve. Larger projects demand a lot of attention so you can prepare for this during the winter.
For example, you’ll need a detailed plan for renovating your kitchen. Updating your lighting involves plenty of research for the right models and wiring details. Also, redesigning your garden takes a bit of time and creative thinking. Freshening up your exterior walls and doors takes quite some time and is better left for warmer weather.
Winter doesn’t mean you’ll have nothing to do while you’re stuck indoors. Instead, you can occupy yourself with a few easy home improvement projects during the winter, or at least start planning for one once the weather has warmed up. Stay sane and keep yourself busy to avoid the winter blues!