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Water cooler: Easy projects to spruce up your home

UPDATED: Fri., July 31, 2020

Being home all the time sure is a great way for the project to-do list to slowly drive you crazy. From weeding to renovations, here are a few weekend projects to chip away at all your home improvement dreams.

An inviting entrance

One of the quickest ways to add some curb appeal to your home is to focus in on the entrance. A quick application of paint can refresh your door or make it pop with a bold color. Spruce it up with some new hardware for a polished look. A little outdoor lighting can go a long way. Consider illuminating the walkway or swap out the plain porch light for something that highlights your style. Replace a worn welcome mat to freshen things up. Consider adding some potted plants for added color, festivity and a lively welcome. You could even update your house numbers with something more personalized than metallic-plated 1980s numbers.

Spruce up your window treatments

Do you have a window curtain or two that you dread to look at? Time to replace it. Especially if it has acquired any stains or wear from being in high-traffic areas with a lot of activity. Not only can you use this as an opportunity to add a pop of color to the home, it’s also a good time to invest in energy-saving shades and curtains to help prevent that summer sunshine from heating up your house like a greenhouse. These will come in handy during the cold winter nights as well. Gossamer curtains beneath heavier curtains can give you an option for letting a bit of diffused light in at lower temperatures, while maintaining a bit of privacy as well.

Organize your entry

Having an organized entry makes trips out of the house even easier. Make a place to hang and store all of your outing needs, likes keys, hats and everyone’s favorite 2020 fashion accessory, masks. This is also a great way to add a sanitizing station right at the doorway for when you get home. A handy spot for little hand sanitizer and sanitizing sprays and wipes will help you keep frequently touched items like your keys, wallet, phone and bags from bringing in unwanted germs into the home, as well as giving you a chance to sanitize your hands before touching any other surfaces in the home.

Step up your storage game

Do you have a messy closet that haunts your dreams? Time to tackle it. Your weapon of choice – bins. You can find bins just about anywhere. Dollar stores have affordable options, but if you want something a bit sturdier or more decorative you can find what you need at discount department stores and box stores. Choose clear bins for optimum function, like in a pantry where you need to see what you have at a glance.

Add zen to the bedroom with a bedside tidy

Have you accumulated a lot of clutter at your bedside table? That’s the last thing you want to have to think about before hitting the hay. Only keep what you need for bedtime or the morning in your bedside table. That extra space may even give you the opportunity to make room for calming elements to help you feel more restful, like aromatherapy products or a plant, or a notebook to jot down last-minute thoughts before bed.

Tackle the trim work

Whether it needs to be replaced, touched up with paint, or given a good scrubbing, the trim is often a neglected part of the home. Unless you are unnaturally determined, and kudos if so, you probably aren’t about to scrub your baseboards every time you sweep and mop the floor. So harness that quarantine mania into a detailed deep clean. Get into the corners of the ceiling trim. Dust and wipe down the window trim. Pull out the spare paint or get a matching new batch to touch up dings in high-traffic areas. Or if you are set on achieving a whole new look, maybe it is time for a full replacement.

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