This time of year, we all want to make a few changes. During winter, we tend to spend a lot of time indoors – which means we tend to spend a lot of time feeling very dissatisfied with our homes. Obviously, we can’t all have absolutely perfect home environments – but there are ways that you can improve your home without blowing through all your savings…
Your Living Room
How comfortable is your living room? Remember that comfort is the number one thing that you should focus on in this particular room. There’s no need to splash out on new couches just yet. If the springs are creaking disconcertingly every time you sit down or stand up, then first of all, consider hitting the gym. Secondly, you could always get a furniture craftsman to come and repair it. You could also reupholster the cushions if you want a new look. If you find that you’re getting cold in there this time of year so you can’t enjoy relaxing in there in the evenings, make sure that you’ve checked the windows and doors for any draughts. If they don’t fit well in their frames, cold air could be getting in from outside – and this could raise your energy bills as well as making you chilly in the evenings.
If you have a family, there probably aren’t many places in your home where you can relax and chill out and have a little time to yourself. Thankfully, your bathroom is one of them – so it’s important that you make sure that it’s a pleasant place to spend time in, as you want to actively enjoy a little solitude once in a while. If you haven’t bought new towels in a while and yours are getting a little threadbare, then consider splashing out on new ones. Admittedly, this can get expensive – but if you look around for gift card deals, you can get some good bargains that will be a lot more friendly to your wallet. If you like to take a relaxing bath before you go to bed at night, get a candle to help you relax. Scents like lavender and sandalwood will help you to chill out so you can fall asleep more easily once you get into bed – and the flickering golden candle light will be a lot more relaxing than the white overhead one!
If you’re having problems sleeping at night, then the state of your bedroom is probably contributing to that. There’s very little that’s more important for your general health than getting a good night’s sleep – if you can’t sleep, your immune system will be compromised and you’ll find yourself suffering from headaches and fatigue, which means that it’ll be a lot harder to live your everyday life. If you’re uncomfortable in bed, you don’t have to immediately splash out on a new one. First of all, try new pillows – that might solve any neck and back aches. After that, you could go for a memory foam mattress topper that will mould to the shape of your body when you’re lying on it, so it’ll be more supportive than a regular mattress. One simple way to turn your bedroom into a much more comfortable space is to keep it tidy. Remember that your bedroom is supposed to be one of the most peaceful places in the house: if you look around while you’re trying to sleep and you see mess and clutter everywhere, you’re just going to be reminded of everything you have to do the next day!
Your Entrance Hall
The entrance hall is probably one of the most underrated spaces in your whole house. When was the last time you actually thought about it? But it’s the last thing you see when you leave the house in the morning and the first thing you see when you get home at night, so it makes sense that you should make it look good. You can also make it a little more useful than it is at the moment – consider starting to use it for storage. If you’re a big reader then you could line the walls with bookshelves – and if you love shoes then you could use your entrance hall to store your shoe racks with your favourites perched in the front. Lastly, have you ever thought about the lighting in there? There’s nothing worse than coming home to a freezing dark hallway so you could consider putting a stand up lamp in there on a timer so there’s a welcoming golden glow in there when you get home from work every night.
Your Kids’ Rooms
If you want to update your kids’ rooms then it’s important for you to ask what exactly they want in there. Consider what they use their rooms for and what vibe you want them to have – for example, if they have a separate playroom then you might want their room to be a more relaxing place where they can get a good night’s sleep. You can use dividers to separate the room off into zones if you have kids sharing a room or you want to make a clear divide between a sleeping area and an area for more energetic play.
Ideally, your kitchen should be the centre of your house, and a sort of family hub where you can all gather together to eat dinner in the evenings – but it often doesn’t work out that way, especially if you have older kids who are starting to want to spend a little time in the evenings by themselves. Encourage them to stick around at the dinner table with you by making it as comfortable as possible. Look for a round table at thrift stores and online on sites like Craigslist and Freecycle – this will make it easier for everyone in your family to talk to each other. If you want new look cabinets, strip down the ones you have so you can repaint them, before adding new knobs and handles – you don’t have to renovate your whole kitchen for a fresh look.