Since winter tends to mean more time indoors, you might have noticed things in your house that you didn’t notice before. Perhaps there is a mountain of socks on a specific chair, maybe you feel a cold draft coming in from the outside that you have never noticed before. Whatever it is for you, be sure to use this time wisely by considering the changes you want to make around the house and get started on them! Here are a few that we suggest you work on for the remainder of the winter months.
- First thing’s first: Declutter your life.
Before you begin remodeling any space, be sure to declutter your home. Usually people think of spring as the time to go through belongings and get rid of things that are just hanging around, but think about it: do you want to spend the first of sunny, flower-blooming days cleaning indoors? Of course not! Use the winter and the extra time indoors to your advantage by sorting through the house. Don’t try to declutter everything at once – do a little bit at a time by focusing on one shelf or one corner a day. A little can go a long way!Getting rid of clutter will not only improve the look and feel of your home, but it will also make any home remodel project ten times easier because there will be less stuff to work around.
- Consider your flooring options.
Are your feet freezing as you walk around your hardwood floors during this time of year? Is your carpet not looking at all how it did when you first installed it? Consider installing carpet. Not only will it make your home seem infinitely more cozy, but it’s a great investment that will continue to pay off for the winters to come.
- Add insulation.
Insulation isn’t the most glamorous part of a home remodel, but it is essential. Cold winter months can make it apparent if your insulation isn’t up to par. If you feel colder than you have in past winters, check the attic and see if the floor joists are visible. If they are, you need more insulation. Doing so will keep your family warm, but it will also save you money on your utility bills!In a similar vein, make sure that cold air is not seeping in and that warm air is not seeping out through any other part of your house. Consider also sealing the seams around windows and doors with caulk or waterproof sealant. You might even think about replacing old windows with ones that are more energy-efficient.
- Update your bathroom.
Bathrooms are important fixtures in the house that everyone uses, so take a close look at it. Is the grout gross? Is your sink stuck in the 1970s? Do the walls and decorations not match your vision for the space or your house? Take everything into account, and start taking steps to change it. Some updates are easy enough, such as regrouting or repainting, while others will require professional help.