If there’s one goal you should set yourself for this year then it should be to improve your home. We’re all guilty of neglecting our household duties from time to time. Life is so busy that you don’t want to waste your evenings fixing the sink or repainting the walls; you’re tired after a long day at work, and you just want to relax. However, if you make tiny improvements to your home on a continuous basis then you won’t have to worry about making huge improvements further down the line when the place looks a mess. Here are some home improvement goals you should set for yourself.
Clean the place from top to bottom.
This is the main home improvement you should aim to make. In fact, this should be a permanent goal for your household. Don’t just clean your home once really well and then put your feet up for the next year. Keeping a clean home is much easier if you do a tiny bit of cleaning on a frequent basis. Don’t put yourself through the stress and struggle of cleaning the place from top to bottom every few months (or years). Of course, you might have to start by doing that in order to get the place into shape. Giving your home a deep clean will have a big impact on the aesthetic of your home. Of course, not everything can be returned to its original state with a bit of soap; if walls have marks or stains then they might need a fresh lick of paint. Still, your goal should be to get the place looking clean from top to bottom so as to give it that “brand new” feel.
However, it’s not just about making your home look sparkling and visually-impressive – it’s about hygiene. Cleanliness should be a continuous home improvement goal if you want to ensure that you and your family are living in a healthy and happy environment. No more putting off your cleaning duties or sweeping crumbs under the rug because nobody will notice. You shouldn’t just be trying to make your home look good on the surface. After all, unhygienic conditions bring their own problems. If you leave crumbs on the floor or on kitchen counters then you’re going to attract critters. If that’s already happened then you might want to look into a pest control service such as Allpest that could help you to get rid of rodents or insects who may be taking over your home. In the future, of course, you can keep pests away by simply keeping your house clean on a regular basis.
Tidy the place from top to bottom.
Keeping your home clean is one thing, but are you keeping it tidy? Most families end up overloading their homes with clutter as the years go by, and it might be time to get rid of some of the things you’ve been hoarding. Your house shouldn’t just be clean – it should be spacious. And getting rid of old possessions is only the start; you need to store your remaining possessions more effectively so as to make your household feel larger. You could put up shelves on the walls to store things that are just left lying around the house, for example. You could even store your kitchen bin in a low-level cabinet so as to keep it out of sight and make the kitchen area more spacious. You need to get a little creative if you want to keep your home looking tidy on a permanent basis.
Bring some elements of nature indoors.
If you want to improve your home’s interior then you should bring some nature indoors. You need to give your house’s aesthetic some vibrancy and diversity. You should use plants and flowers to bring some color and brightness into your home. That isn’t to say manufactured design can’t make a bold and powerful statement in a household, but your home might be left feeling a little bit sterile if you don’t have any sort of natural aesthetic in rooms. We’ll talk more about using natural materials to improve your home’s aesthetic in the final point. However, plants won’t just improve your household on an aesthetic level; they’ll also make your home a more pleasant place in which to live. Plants remove toxins from the air, and this will make rooms feel fresher and healthier. It’ll definitely give your home a new and refreshing vibe.
Use timeless design to keep your home permanently stylish.
There’s nothing worse than looking at your wallpaper and realizing that it doesn’t look as good as it did five or ten years ago. Sometimes, your household looks a little worse for wear because time has passed and things have become broken or faded. Other times, your household looks worse for wear because the styles you’ve used are out of fashion. That’s the problem with following trends – eventually, the world of design will move on and your home will be left in the past. That’s why the best way to improve your home this year is to give your house’s interior a makeover so that it looks permanently stylish.
Timeless design is the goal. Forget about what’s stylish right now – focus on what’s always stylish. You should be searching for design pieces that are classic. For example, you could get rid of that tacky 90s-era carpet and replace it with some sleek wooden flooring. Wood is endlessly stylish, no matter the era. Part of this is due to its natural design. We’ve already talked about how powerful nature can be as an aesthetic piece in your home; part of this is because the natural world doesn’t follow trends. It is and always will be vibrant, colorful, and beautiful. That’s why you should go beyond a few potted plants and use natural materials throughout your home. The key to timeless design is that you create your own unique style. That way, your home’s aesthetic can’t be tied to any particular era of design and it won’t go out of style. You need to get a little creative. You could even check out this video to see how a family created an extraordinary home using their used glass bottles to form a multi-colored pattern on the walls.
*This is a contributed post