Breaking New Year’s resolutions is almost as much of a ‘tradition’ as making them in the first place; whether it concerns hobbies, work or relationships, by this point you’ve probably, once again, let yourself down. But look at it this way, you’ve ‘suddenly’ got a lot more time to do all those things around the house that you’ve been meaning to do for ages!
Here are five relatively quick and easy ways you can improve your home, and increase your enjoyment of it.
- Spruce up the front of your house
It’s remarkable how giving the front of your home a makeover can boost your mood when you come home at the end of a long day (as well as the property’s value!).
Paint the outside and any front garden walls, display some box trees and potted plants, clean the windows and put down some decorative gravel and it will look amazing in no time.
- Slash those energy bills
Draught-proofing doors and windows is one of the best and most cost-effective ways of cutting down on energy use. Secondary glazing is a good way of going about this, but if that’s too expensive for you simply apply some self-adhesive foam draught excluder.
Also, check the insulation in loft spaces. Even if they’re already insulated, another layer can work wonders if what’s already there isn’t particularly thick.
- Make more of your space
It might be an over-used phrase on property-related programmes, but de-cluttering truly can work wonders for making a home feel more spacious.
Get rid of soft-furnishings, such as big heavy curtains and deep-pile rugs, and donate clothes, books and unused or ugly furniture to charity. Extra shelving and storage also helps and can be fairly easy to put together.
- Get a de-humidifier
Bathrooms and kitchens are areas prone to condensation and therefore mould. A musty, damp smell isn’t pleasant and mould looks terrible. It can also lead to paint and fixtures and fittings degrading rapidly.
De-humidifiers and extractor fans can be a very good investment and save you in the long run. They’re also great for helping clothes dry!
- Liven up the living room
Apart from the bedroom, the living room is probably the place where we spend most of our time when at home. If you do nothing else, spend time giving it a lick of paint and adding a few new soft furnishings.
If there’s no spare cash, ‘shop your home’ and use what you have. You never know, those bedroom throw pillows that you never actually use might re-invigorate your tired-looking sofa. Or you might find some bright paint will spruce up an old coffee table no end and add a bit of zing.
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Published 2 February 2017