During COVID-19, we have time on our hands to improve our homes, but may not always have the budget to get in expensive decorators.
This is why it can be good to think about making the most of the opportunity to spruce up your living space, and think about how to make it look a way such that you can enjoy it for the rest of the year.
1. Prepare mentally to fix up your house
First of all, recognize that it will inevitably take a while to do up your house, but it is worth doing now because you have the free time on your hands, and you are likely at home far more often than usual.
If you are working from home, you have your commute time in the morning and evening, plus your lunch breaks to do any fixing up in your house. Moreover, COVID-19 has taught us the importance of our home life and spending time with our families. This is especially true because we have had to spend a lot of the year in our homes.
So, it is important to make sure you’re spending that time in a place you like.
2. Identify what problems can be fixed
Secondly, go through different parts of your house, thinking about what needs to be checked by you to ensure it is working, and what might need to be serviced and require you getting someone in.
You could, for example, look at if you might want to do anything about your air conditioning – or investigate your radiators to see if they are heating up the rooms as they should.
Next, take a look at your tools. You may have a good toolbox, with a hammer and screws – and though this might not sound like much, it is likely enough to put up a couple of extra shelves in a room where the books are overflowing, or indeed to sort out a wonky cupboard or two.
3. Organize your things
One fix that can go a long way, is decluttering your things.
Often there are lots of items messing up rooms, which can spoil the look of a space immensely. Being brave enough to throw some items away can go a long way in keeping the aesthetic clear and clean. By using dividers, clear plastic boxes and big labels, you can ensure you can keep everything nearby and easy to find without it getting in the way.
If there are items you use but not regularly, consider keeping these in “backstorage” – somewhere like the garage so they can be accessed when needed. For example, you could keep summer clothes there during the winter.
So you see, fixing up your house doesn’t have to be a huge undertaking, or require professional help.
It is just about making small changes in a consistent way. Why don’t you make your first step today? After you screw your first wobbly shelf, you’ll gain momentum, and the house will look transformed within no time at all!