Now is a great time to make your home look better and feel better! I’ve always believed that it’s really important to love your home and feel comfortable there. I think it’s really important for your space to reflect who you are and what’s important to you and also that it works for you and is efficient. And I’m coming to realize now more than ever that this is really true.
Most of us are likely going to end up spending a fair bit of time at home sometime in the near future. And there are some things that you can do in that time to both pass the time and make your home look better and be a more enjoyable place to spend that time. Even better, all of these things are completely FREE!
These are even things that the kids can get in on if you’re looking for things to keep them busy and productive!
Get that Pantry in Shape!
Take everything out and clean out the pantry itself, give it a good wipe-down. Look at all the expiration dates and get rid of anything that isn’t good anymore. And, hey, if you’re looking to make some dietary changes, this is a good time to do it!
Sort everything into groups, like cans, cereal, etc. Take some time and figure out what you use the most and put it right at eye level. Things that you don’t use as much can go up higher. Really think about how you use your supplies and optimize this space. Plus, you’ll be able to get a good inventory on what you have and what you need.
Spruce up your Linen Closet/Cupboard!
I don’t know about you, but my linen closet is a hot mess. I blame the fact that it’s small, but if I’m honest it’s because I haven’t taken the time to figure out how to work with the space and use it to its full potential. So this is certainly on my list of things that need to get done around the house during a lull.
I would recommend doing pretty much the same thing I outlined above with regards to your pantry. Take everything out and sort through it all; only keep what you’re using and toss or donate the rest if it’s in good shape. Wipe down or vacuum out the closet or cupboard, wherever you’re linens live. Then start putting things away by grouping like items and keeping things that you use most in easy-to-reach places, and things that aren’t used as often can go up high or down low.
Sort, organize, and purge toys!
My house is pretty much a toy store right now. I try to keep it manageable, but it has gotten out of control. And this seems like a good time to go through things and sort things, find places for everything, and purge broken toys and toys that are no longer being used. If you need some more ideas about how to go about doing this, check out my whole Toy Organization on the Cheap post.
Clean Out and Organize the Area Under your Sinks
You may be noticing a trend of cleaning and organizing, and that’s because it really is the cheapest, easiest way to make the most of your home and to give you a fresh feeling in your home.
Leverage your Laundry Room
My laundry room is a catchall for miscellaneous household items, cleaning products, dirty and clean laundry, etc. So one thing that I want to work on is leveraging this area of the house to be an efficient hub.
Decide what should and should not be in there and when. For example, should laundry be in there all of the time, just when you’re washing it; decide on a system that works for you and your household and then implement it.
Go Through your Junk Drawers
I’m not sure if this is something that everyone has or just something that I inherited from my family, but we are up to two kitchen drawers of random stuff. It feels like a waste of space when I think about it and it really would be a good idea to go through those and just get rid of some stuff and find a better home for other stuff.
So the question is do we actually need junk drawers? Figure it out for your home!
Spice Rack/Cupboard Roundup
Go through those spices and figure out what you’ve got. Make a space for the duplicates and look there before you buy more spices. Put your most-frequently-used spices in the most convenient location and work your way out from there. Not only will your cooking area look nicer, but you’ll actually be able to find what you need when you need it!
While you’re in the kitchen, go ahead and apply those same cleaning and organizing principles I’ve been talking about to your refrigerator. I like to use hot water and dish soap and a spray bottle with watered down vinegar to clean the fridge, rather than harsh chemicals.
Rummage through those Closets!
Spring is a great time to go through your family’s clothes. See what fits, what doesn’t, what’s worn out, what you just don’t want to wear anymore and sort your clothes into piles for giving away or selling when possible and garbage when not.
And while you’re in those closets, go ahead and see what other treasures you may have forgotten about and give yourself some time to go through those as well.
Purge the Paperwork
If your family is anything like mine, you have mounds of papers and mail in different places around the house and they make me feel anxious because I don’t know what the papers are. Are they bills? Are they junk? Well, find out and do something with them. Either take care of them and get rid of them or find a preservation system. I’m thinking of starting to scan stuff into my computer to cut down on our paper clutter and make the home look better and be more organized.
Clean, clean, clean!
One of the easiest ways to make your house look better and feel fresher is to give it a good thorough deep clean. I like to go room by room when I do this and surface by surface until the whole room is clean. This way, I don’t get too overwhelmed and it’s easy to break it down by a room or two a day.
Wash those Windows!
I will admit that I am terrible about this, but it is good to wash the windows sometimes. You’d be surprised how much dirt and grime accumulate on both the inside and outside of your windows and how much light this can block out. So if you’re feeling cooped up and need a little more sunshine, wash those windows and see what a difference it makes towards making your home look better, inside and out!
Enjoy the Great Outdoors!
Tired of working on the inside of the house? Well, take a break and go work on your yard, trim trees and bushes, pull weeds, fertilize your plants, plant a garden. All of these things will make you and your home and your yard feel a million times better!
Are you an arts and crafts person? Then I’m betting that you’ve got at least a few supplies at home already. Take stock of what you’ve got and think of something new you can make to brighten your home. Maybe it’s a centerpiece or some new wall art or a wreath, just a touch of something new and beautiful can do wonders to make your home look better!
Rearrange Your Furniture
I like to try a new layout when I’m bored of looking at the same thing all the time and want my home to look better without spending money on something new. Who knows, maybe you’ve been missing out on some space or there’s a way that you like things better; never know until you try it!
Go Forth and Refresh!
It’s time for spring cleaning and renewing your space, making your home look better, and that doesn’t have to be expensive! Take this time to make your home more efficient and enjoy it for the rest of the year!
Oh, and for more ideas on how to update your home decor, my Elements and Principles of Design series can help you use the Elements and Principles of Design in practical and affordable ways in your home!