Here are six achievable home improvement projects that will help you stay engaged and active around the house.
Whether you’re staying at home out of necessity or choice, staving off boredom is one of the biggest challenges you’ll face. Sure it’s tempting to veg out in front of your favourite device, but it won’t be long before you’re longing for something more.
Here are six home improvement activities that you can do around the house to break up your streaming sessions and finish the day feeling engaged, productive and accomplished.
Do a deep clean
Keeping a tidy home has never been more important! Kick your boredom by deep cleaning your entire house from top to bottom. We’re talking about scrubbing, sweeping, disinfecting and polishing every last surface. Yeah, it’s going to be a challenge, but the end result will be a squeaky clean abode that will feel fresh and new.
When completing your cleaning to-do list, don’t forget to add the following often overlooked surfaces:
- door frames
- ceiling fans
- door handles and light switches
- under your beds
- under your appliances
- light fixtures
- windows and sills.
Organise your closet
How many times have you looked at your crowded closet and wished you had the time to clear it out? Now is your opportunity!
If you’re not quite sure where to start, it’s always easiest to pull everything out and sort through what you’ve got. Put items into keep, donate and sell piles.
For everything you’re going to keep, wash each piece and iron and mend where needed. With everything ready to organise, now is the time to think about how you wear your clothes. Group items together based on style and purpose. For example, think about what you wear to work vs what you wear to lounge around the house.
Lastly, put items away based on how much you use them. Bring often worn clothing to the front, and store seasonal items away at the back or under the bed.
Build an oasis
What better way to boost your time at home than by creating an oasis that will help you relax and unwind? This easy DIY project can be customised to suit your individual tastes and style. Even better, you don’t need to break the bank to do it.
Start off by thinking of a place that really makes you happy. Is it the spa? Maybe it’s a relaxing spot at the beach under the swaying palms. Now all you have to do is find a similar spot in your home where you can recreate your happy place. Don’t worry, it’s easier than you might think.
A relaxing spa experience can easily be replicated with a long soak in the tub. Add some extra cushy towels, candles for mood lighting and essential oils that promote calm and relaxation. Alternatively, turn your sights to the outdoors. A well-placed hammock or lounger helps set the scene. Now all you need is a good book or some relaxing tunes.
Style your shelves
Reorganising your shelves is a great way to keep yourself busy for an afternoon. Even better, apply some simple styling rules and you could give the entire room a mini facelift with minimal effort.
Start off by pulling everything out. Dust each item and wipe down the bare shelves. You might be surprised at how much dust builds up over time.
Before you start piling everything back into your shelves, take a moment to think about how you would like to organise them. One of the easiest ways to bring in some subtle style is by organising according to colour.
If your style is eclectic, a mixture of colours across all the shelves will be pleasing to your eye. If not, you may want to consider grouping items together that have similar colours. Think about your style themes throughout the room and choose colour groupings that will add impact or contrast. It’s a fun design exercise that can have surprisingly effective results.
Pest proof your home
With all of this deep cleaning and organising, you’ve already taken one of the first steps in pest-proofing your home! You may as well finish the job by doing a full once over to ensure your home is protected from all those creepy crawlies.
From cleaning up inside and outside to clearing foundations and keeping up with necessary maintenance, there are a few easy steps you can complete around the house to keep your home pest-free.
Get into the garden
Getting out of the house is a great way to switch things up — head out to the garden to give that green thumb a workout. Plus, now is a great time to clean up for the cooler winter months ahead.
Start off by preparing your lawn for the winter. Mow with a higher blade setting than usual and put down some fertiliser. This will give your lawn the boost it needs ahead of the cooler weather. You should also fix up any bare spots and clear up dead leaves and debris.
Next, top up your mulch. This will help keep your plants insulated and it makes garden beds look nice even if the plants start to thin out.
Prune trees and shrubs, and think about planting annuals that will be ready to flower in the spring. If you already have some in the ground, Autumn is a great time to break them up and spread them around the yard for more impact.