Home Improvement: Winter Projects
To Get Done Before The Snow Melts
Because it is cold and snowy, winter is the perfect time to make like a bear and hibernate. It's also the ideal time to work on those interior projects that you've been putting off because of the holidays. The weather outside might be frightful, but home improvement can be so delightful. Here are some suggestions for projects that you can start and finish before the snow melts.
Clear Out The Clutter
Start small. Tackle one drawer or closet at a time. Sort everything into 3 piles: keep, give away and throw away. Every home has a junk drawer, and it is a good place to begin. Most of what's in it will probably be thrown away, so you'll see quick progress. When it comes to clothes in the closets, be ruthless. If it hasn't been worn in a year, get rid of it. If you're not sure, put a tag on the hanger and remove the tag if the item gets worn during the next year. Plan on repeating the process each January.
Brush On The Paint
Now that your home is a clean slate, you're ready to give the walls a fresh coat of paint. Go with bright, cheery colors that will perk up your living space during the dreary days of winter. The crisp air of winter with its lower humidity is great for drying paint.
Give A Room A Facelift
Start with the bathroom, which offers a multitude of DIY possibilities. Replacing the faucet is a job that's easy enough for a beginner. Install new towel bars, cabinet hardware and switch plates in the same material. Clean the grout and replace broken tiles on the floor and around the tub. Finish the look with new shower curtains, towels and bath mats. Then turn your attention to another room. Get a book on how to decorate a living room and pick up some tips on installing new window treatments, adding built-in shelving or hanging pictures level on the walls. Go to it.
Let There Be Light
There's less natural light in winter. Consider replacing your light bulbs with the energy-efficient ones that give more light for less money. Compact fluorescent bulbs have been around for a while and have proven their worth. The newer LED bulbs will save you money in the long term, and their prices have come down dramatically since their introduction. Another good idea is to install more light fixtures or swap for fixtures that provide more light. Caution: be sure you know what you're doing when dealing with electricity.