While self-distancing is completely necessary to curb the spread of the Covid-19, adherence to the strict stay-at-home orders in place at the moment is severely limiting our possibilities. Activities like taking a trip out to the store, heading to the cinema to catch a movie or even visiting friends are now strictly out of bounds in order to slow the spread of the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Staying occupied at a time like this isn’t easy. You’ll soon get tired of binge-watching TV series, video-chatting with friends and listening to your favorite albums over and over again. What better time, then, to finally work on that home improvement project that you’ve been putting off for the last few years?
Improving your immediate surroundings at a time like this is something that can give you a sense of accomplishment and achievement that many of us are lacking at the moment. It goes without saying that going out to shop for non-essential items probably wouldn’t be the best idea, but with a little bit of imagination, there is still a lot that can be done around the house.
To help you out, we’ve put together a few ideas for home improvement projects that you can work on today without needing a ton of supplies.
Add a New Lease of Life with a Fresh Coat of Paint
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Having a pleasant indoor space in which to spend extended periods of time is important at the moment. One of the most straightforward home improvement project is improving the appearance and atmosphere of rooms which have seen better days with a new coat of paint.
“But where do I get the paint from if I can’t get down to the hardware store?” I hear you ask. Well, the answer to this question is simple: the internet!
Ordering paint and brushes to your house has never been simpler. You can now browse color catalogs, choose your perfect hues and have cans of paint sent right to your front door. Just throw on some overalls, turn up the tunes and get to work on transforming your living room or kitchen right away.
Play with Furniture Arrangements for a New Perspective
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Making major changes to any of the rooms in your house is probably not on the cards at the moment. Although you might not be able to renovate your kitchen or do up your bathroom, this doesn’t mean that you can’t play around with the furniture arrangements to change the dynamic of a room.
It has long been known in Eastern cultures that the placement of items within a room can have a large effect on its atmosphere. Try arranging your sofas, chairs and tables in different configurations to see how you can freshen up a room’s vibe and make it a nicer place to hunker down in with the family.
Blast Away the Dust with a Deep Clean
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As we are coming into spring in the Northern Hemisphere, now is a great time to give your house a deep-clean.
Get out your cleaning materials and have a go at neglected spots, such as the fridge, the cupboard under the stairs and space under the bed. There’s a good chance that you’ll be horrified by the amount of dust and hair that you find. Wipe down kitchen cupboards and vacuum behind the sofa – if you’re lucky, you might even come across some loose change or the TV remote that hasn’t been seen for six months.
With this easy home improvement idea, you will not only clear the cobwebs and any lingering odors, but you’ll also be left with a sense of achievement and peace of mind by the time you finish.
Add Some Style to Your Outdoor Space
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If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, you’ll likely be spending a lot more time in it than usual as you look for ways to beat your cabin fever. With the warm weather just around the corner, now is the perfect time pay a little attention to those overgrown hedges and lawns to get your outdoor space looking its verdant best.
When you’ve done this, give your patio a good once-over with the broom or pressure washer to clear away any debris that has accumulated over the winter months. Finally, wipe down your garden furniture so that it’s sparkling clean and ready to use. You might even squeeze in a chat with your next-door neighbor over the fence if you’re in need of company!
Start Your Own Urban Garden Project
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While grim news is currently making its rounds at the moment, sometimes it pays to remind ourselves that life is still abundant in the natural world. A great way to get closer to nature is to order some seeds off the internet and plant your own urban garden in an unused flowerbed.
There is little that is more that generates optimism than watching the miracle of a plant going through its life-cycle. If you choose your plants with the dinner table in mind, you’ll soon be enjoying some succulent veggies without having to risk lining up at the supermarket.
Fed up of those restless feelings that come from being stuck at home during the lockdown? If so, why not breathe some fresh life into your house by attempting one of the home improvement projects mentioned above? As well as keeping you occupied and feeling productive, materially improving your immediate surroundings will have a beneficial effect on your state of mind and help you to stay positive during this testing time. If you are interested in reading about how to get your house ready to sell during the pandemic, click here to see our other articles.