Consider Upgrading Your Home This Winter
When winter’s cold weather keeps us indoors, you may spend some of your time inside the house reading and binge-watching your favorite TV shows. While both are relaxing and cozy, you can also use the cold days to work on indoor winter home improvement projects.
In this article, you’ll find some ideas for how you can improve your home’s look and functionality while staying warm indoors the whole time.
1. Paint a Room
Painting a room is a quick and inexpensive way to improve the appearance of your home. Interior painting does require some prep work. To start, remove as much as you can from the room and then push any furniture that has to stay in the room to the center. Cover the remaining furniture with drop cloths.
Next, clean the walls with a mix of water and a small amount of laundry detergent. Fill small holes and cracks with spackle. Use removable painter’s tape to cover areas you don’t want to be painted like outlet covers or along the edges of trim or molding. Finally, remember to cover the floor with a drop cloth. Now you’re ready to paint.
Among winter home improvement projects, decluttering is the easiest to do because you don’t need any tools or equipment. Another great thing about decluttering is it doesn’t cost any money. However, since it can take a lot of time, you need a decluttering strategy to handle the job efficiently.
Trying to declutter your entire house over a weekend is overwhelming. Breaking the job into small, manageable pieces makes it more likely that you’ll get the job done. You could try scheduling several decluttering sessions over the course of the winter.
For each session, choose an area to declutter that you believe you can finish in the time you’ve allotted that day. For instance, if you have less than an hour, you’d select something like a junk drawer or desktop. However, should you have all afternoon, you may want to tackle an entire room.
As you declutter, make three piles. One is for keeping, another is for donating to charity, and the last is for trash. Anything that hasn’t been used in the past six months and doesn’t have sentimental value can probably go in the donation or trash piles.
3. Winter Home Improvement Projects for Your Bathroom
Some homeowners neglect bathroom upgrades because they can be costly. Winter home improvement projects for your bathroom don’t have to be expensive. The following are budget-friendly, do-it-yourself bathroom upgrades.
- Installing a low-flow showerhead
- Replacing the sink faucet
- Adding a medicine cabinet
- Putting down new rugs
- Tiling the floor or backsplash
- Replacing the toilet seat
4. Eliminate Air Leaks
Some winter home improvement projects make your home feel better instead of look better. Eliminating air leaks will help you feel more comfortable and lighten your furnace’s workload. Caulk cracks near windows and doors. Use weatherstripping to seal air leaks on the openings of doors and windows. You can block air from coming in underneath exterior doors by attaching a door sweep.