If you, like most people, have been spending extra time indoors this year, you might be pretty tired of your living space. Plus, isolation may have given you a lot of extra time to think about any improvements to your living space you’ve been putting off. Whether you have a big budget or none at all, there are tons of ways to breathe new life into your space. Here are some suggestions you might want to try, based on your home’s “problem areas.”
If you’ve been isolating with another person, you might be experiencing more tension at home than usual. One thing that can help is to reduce noise in your home. Fortunately, this can be inexpensive. Oversized area rugs and fabric wall hangings do double duty in making your living room look cozy and damping sounds.
Outdated bathroom? Don’t worry, there’s an inexpensive fix for that. Don’t underestimate the effect of updating the paint color in your bathroom. Muted pastels and whites are both calming and timeless. Or, if it isn’t the paint that’s the problem, refresh your cabinets by sanding, repainting, and updating old handles and pulls. One final, free tip: Declutter and get rid of (or organize) those little bottles of product on your countertops.
If your kitchen is stuck in the 1970s, you can make a big difference simply by repainting. Tired of bustling around a crowded kitchen? Consider cleaning out old gadgets you don’t use to make space for the ones you like and then reorganize. For example, place tools like spoons and spatulas within easy reach of the stove. It might not make your kitchen bigger, but it’ll turn it into a more functional space.
Your bedroom should be a relaxing space, but that’s not always the case. To get it closer to the oasis of your dreams, the first step is to cut the clutter. Hang up the art that’s been sitting on your floor, put the laundry away, and relocate those random knick knacks. If you’re low on space but don’t want to throw anything out, rolling boxes are inexpensive and fit conveniently under the bed. For a better night’s sleep, consider installing blackout curtains if you haven’t already.
For a lot of people, the garage is a handy catch-all for tools, beach chairs, leaf blowers, flowerpots…you get the picture. It’s easy to let years’ worth of clutter build up, but now is the perfect time to let go. Purge any items (old tools, expired paint) you don’t or won’t use. Keep the things worth keeping, and use inexpensive solutions like hooks and long nails to keep them tidy.