Let’s admit it: 2021 was a hard nut to crack, but we made it – kudos to us. Now, it is time to wipe away the past and move on to another year, with hope in our hearts and ‘time for a change’ motto on our brains.
Come to think of it, we tend to make numerous resolutions to welcome the New Year with open arms. Some of us vow to lose weight, spend more time with loved ones, cut back on drinking (yeah, right!) or save money. But apart from all these, there’s another essential aspect of life that’s worth adding to your list of resolutions – your home’s interior. After all, the house is where you’ll be spending most of the year, so it wouldn’t hurt to spend a few bucks.
Of course, improving your home’s look can be daunting and, let’s not forget, costly. But here’s a shocker: there are many ways to prepare your home for the new year without causing a dent in your wallet. Care to know?
Below, we present a list of ways to renovate your home in the spirit of new beginnings.
- Clean things out and get organized
Who doesn’t have a home loaded with unused crap? You do, too (we know!).
This year, do yourself a favor and get rid of anything you haven’t used in a while or are unlikely to use again. Also, if you’re planning to move houses or downsize, it’s all the more reason to declutter and organize. However, to offset the stress of removing unwanted stuff, you can rent storage units to store things safely. There are multiple reputable self-storage facilities, so if you need storage services in or near Brandon city, a simple Google search will lead you to all the reputable brandon ms storage units available.
Other than storage rentals, the simplest way to declutter and get organized is to incorporate storage baskets and shelving throughout the house. Adding storage baskets and vertical shelving to your rooms will help get things off the floor and out of the way, making it simpler to enjoy your home this year.
- Freshen up your walls
A few cans of paint and a little elbow grease can make a big difference if your walls have scratches, a fading wallpaper, or an outdated color. So choose a neutral color scheme that unites the entire house, spruces up your home’s value, and makes space appear more prominent. Also, invest in crown molding. It is a surprisingly simple task that could add character to your rooms. You can prefer to purchase the molding from a nearby home improvement store, get it cut to size, and nail it to the top of the wall. It is that easy!
- Flowers are a YES!
This may appear to be a minor detail, but you’ll be amazed at the impact that a variety of fresh flowers can have on the rooms in your home. Florals are among the least expensive upgrades you can give to a home compared to some other options.
Finding the right colors, arrangements, and heights can complement the existing décor in your house. And since 80% of homeowners spend most of their time at home, adding plants and flowers here and there will only improve indoor air quality. Also, the right plants can do everything from clean the air to provide at-home aromatherapy to raise your mood or help you unwind.
- Update fixtures and finishes
Outdated light fixtures, cabinet pulls, switch plates, and other small finishes are one of the best ways to prepare a home for the New Year. The good news is that these are also among the most cost-effective and simple changes you can make. Begin with cabinet and drawer hardware in kitchens and bathrooms, then update switch plates and outlet covers. Consider modern interior door hardware, then have your handyman hang upgraded light fixtures and install new plumbing fixtures to complete the look.
- Upgrade wall hangings and curtains
Are you displaying wall art in frames that are ten, twenty, or more years old? Do your window treatments wreak of drab? Update the frames on your photos to give them a more modern appearance. Frames are inexpensive, or you can spruce up old frames with paint for a more frugal, less futile approach. Alternatively, you could buy or make new art for your walls.
In addition to this, new window treatments are an excellent way to update a room without spending a lot of money. Hardware, craft and haberdashery stores sell ready-made curtains and blinds for a reasonable price. Otherwise, you can wait for a New Year’s sale to get the best deal. Alternatively, you can save even more money by sewing the curtains yourself.
- Home maintenance
Let’s welcome the New Year with a little less wreckage, shall we?
Begin with the commitment to change the air filter on your central system every month to save energy and allow your system to operate more efficiently. Also, drain your hot water tank to eliminate any sediment buildup (in fact, do this every year). This can extend its life and improve its performance. Cleaning your gutters regularly is another crucial home maintenance task often overlooked. Forgotten gutters can cause board rot and basement and groundwork damage. So take care of these things before you welcome the New Year!
- Don’t forget about curb appeal – it is king!
You might believe that the most profitable home improvements are those made in the bathroom and kitchen. In reality, replacing the front door and sprucing up the home’s exterior provides the best bang for your remodeling buck year after year. While you may require assistance in hanging the door, you can rapidly and inexpensively add new house numbers, new hardware, and a new mailbox.
So there you have it, a few handy-dandy and incredibly cool ways to revamp your home for the New Year. As you can witness from everything listed above, upgrading and preparing your home for new beginnings doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Putting a few of these ideas into action will help you create the home you deserve. Also, try not to implement everything all at once – take it easy. Start with the projects that will make your home more energy-efficient and appealing. Once done, move on to the rest. Happy renovating and (of course) happy new year!