The coronavirus pandemic has seen the majority of us spending a whole lot more time at home. So a decor update and some redecorating has been front of mind.
Over the past four months, increasing numbers of us have been working from home and spending all of our free time at home too. This has been important in slowing the spread of coronavirus and Covid-19. However, it has also given many of us time to realise that our homes simply aren’t working for us and need a decor update.
We may have found that things are feeling cluttered, that we can have a decor update, or that there are changes that could be made to our home’s layout and structure. This would make the space a whole lot more functional and comfortable for us.
If you’ve had these things on your mind, it may be time to start sprucing up your property. Lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted, so now is the ideal time to get started on your home improvement projects. It will be easier to get the supplies, materials or help you may need to transform your property into the home you want it to be!
Let’s start out with the cleaning process. Whether this will comprise your whole home improvement journey, or whether you plan to carry out more work on your property, a thorough and deep clean is going to be an essential if you’re looking to spruce up your living space. Sure, we all tend to clean on a regular basis. We’ll complete routine, day to day chores such as vacuuming, wiping down work surfaces, dusting and polishing and more to keep our homes looking presentable. But when’s the last time you carried out a real deep clean? A deep clean tackles the areas that may otherwise be neglected in your cleaning routine. Now is a great time to get them out of the way! Here are some areas you might like to tackle.
First and foremost, you need to declutter. Not every home is minimalist and you don’t necessarily have to get rid of everything in order for your space to look nice and tidy. But you do need to make sure that you’re getting rid of things you genuinely don’t need or particularly want and that you make use of practical storage solutions for the things you do want to keep. To declutter, simply take a look at individual items in your space and determine whether you actually use them and whether you really want them. If the answer is no, you have a few options. You can sell the items, donate them to a charity shop, give them away to a friend or family member, recycle them, or, if it’s an item that is beyond repair and that cannot be recycled, you may simply need to throw it away. If you decide that you do want to keep the item, find a good way to store it out of the way, or to display it in its best light.
Once you’ve decluttered, it’s time to get down to business. Clean your home from top to bottom. Wipe down skirting boards. Clean the windows. Wash your shower curtains. Steam clean your upholstery. The list can feel endless, but your home will be sparkling once you’re done!
A next step on your decor update journey is decorating. Now, there are traditional forms of decorating that you can focus on. You can paint the walls. You can paint the skirting boards and door frames. You can paint the ceilings. Of course, if you don’t have the time to paint your property and want a professional finish, hire an expert painter. To go further, change your flooring. You could change your lighting. You could then focus on home decor, browsing home decor online and finding home additions that suit your taste and personality down to a tee.
If you want to go all out, you can start considering home renovations. These will alter your property as a whole, making it a more practical and functional space. Whether you’re considering an en-suite, a garage conversion, a loft conversion, or any extension, do your research, gain planning permission and only use reliable and recommended contractors to complete the work.
Now really is the best time to get your home in order. The changes you make can be small or major, but each step will make a huge difference! It’s more than worth the time and effort you’ll invest!