If you own a home, maintenance sometimes feels like a full-time job. Create home improvement goals for the new year and develop a plan for tackling tasks around the house.
Home Improvement Goals: Learn a New Skill
As a homeowner, you can save money and take pride in your property when you learn how to do some basic home improvement tasks yourself. Check your local hardware store for their schedule of how-to clinics. Some community colleges offer continuing education courses that can help you learn skills that will come in handy around the house.
Improve the Laundry Room
When it comes to home improvements, the laundry room is one of the most overlooked areas of the house. Laundry is a chore, but your laundry room doesn’t have to feel dark and depressing. Begin by decluttering and cleaning the space. Paint the walls, install shelving for better organization, and update the lighting fixtures. Modern lighting will boost the aesthetic of the space and provide better illumination. Use baskets or decorative bins to organize laundry supplies on the shelves. Hang artwork that you enjoy and, if you have space, install a table for sorting and folding laundry.
Improvement Goals: Declutter Your Home
Make it your goal this year to declutter your home. It’s easier to tackle this project if you start small. Choose one space at a time to declutter and deep clean. Begin with a bedroom closet or single kitchen cabinet. To declutter a space, remove everything stored in that location. Thoroughly clean the area and then begin sorting your belongings. Throw away any trash and use boxes to gather items you no longer want or need. Next time you run errands, drop these boxes off at a donation site. The remaining items can then be sorted and returned to the area in an organized fashion.
Build a Backyard Deck
Creating functional and attractive outdoor living spaces is a great goal for the new year. Before spring arrives, make a plan for a new deck. Shop around for a contractor and get at least three quotes. You can have the deck built in early spring so you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the space during the warmer months.
Alternatively, build the deck yourself. Plans are available online. Design an outdoor space that is personalized for you and your family. If you enjoy cooking out on the grill, create a space for preparing food. Add tables for entertaining, a patio umbrella to provide shade, and string lighting to illuminate the area.