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5 Ways to Plan on Improving Your House During the Quarantine

During this time of the COVID-19 global pandemic, many people are under quarantine or self-isolation orders in order to stop the spread of the virus. If you find yourself in this situation, you can use this extra time at home to check off a list of improvement projects. Here are five ways that you can improve the overall look of your home during this challenging time.

Cut the Clutter:

If you have been meaning to clean out those closets and get rid of clutter, there is no time like the present. When going through your clothes, you need to create three separate piles. The first pile should be the clothes that you want to keep. The second pile is what you want to donate. And the last pile is the clothes that are beyond salvageable and need to be trashed. Having the appropriate storage bags and bins on hand will make this process go more smoothly. Once you have tackled the closets, you can move on to the other areas of your home. This is also a good time to go through your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer to toss expired food. Cutting the clutter will prepare your home for other improvement projects to take on during this time.

Refresh Paint:

Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the overall aesthetic of your home. Most home improvement stores are open during this time with safety precautions in place so that you can get in and out with your paint quickly. There are also many online outlets that offer paint if you do not want to leave the house. You can choose to completely change the look of a room with a different color or you can simply spruce up the existing shade with a fresh coat.

Landscaping Boost:

Just because you are quarantined at home, it does not mean that you cannot get outside and spend time working on your yard. The beautiful spring weather makes this a perfect time to work in your yard to improve the curb appeal of your home. Depending on your budget or the overall scope of your needs, you can choose to simply plant some flowers and perform basic yard maintenance or you can go all out with a brand new look for your outdoor space. Try getting a free consultation from a local landscaper. According to Berg Landscape and Architecture, a provider of landscape design in Utah, great house renovations come from landscapers that are willing to work with their clients interst in mind. Now that you have more free time, why not spend some extra time investing in the yeard you want? You will be glad that you spent this time improving your yard once the summer rolls around, allowing you to spend time in the great outdoors.

Get Down and Dirty:

While it is never fun to get down and dirty with the deep cleaning jobs, you might as well take advantage of all of this time at home to check these tasks off of your to-do list. Start by walking through your house and taking inventory of things that need to be deep cleaned. Ideas to consider include your baseboards and vents, windows, and blinds. When was the last time that you cleaned under all of the beds? You will be surprised at how much stuff has collected in all of these random places in your house. You can also use this time to clean out all of your bathroom drawers. After decluttering the drawers, be sure to make the effort to clean up all the gunk that was collected on the surfaces.

Light it Up:

Your lighting is one of the most underrated features of your home. Give it the attention that it deserves during this home quarantine. If you do not have the money or need to swap out the fixtures, you can also just change the bulbs. Experiment with different types of wattages to find the right brightness for each room of your house. The lighting can change the entire look of a room, making this a great way to make a big impact with little effort.

Make lemonade out of lemons by using this time to make a series of home improvements. You will emerge from this quarantine feeling good about all that you got done if you take the time to spruce up your home during this downtime.

Tim Esterdahl

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