Around Valentine's Day, as you're debating how best to make your loved one feel special, don't forget the other love in your life, one you may be neglecting a bit too frequently—your house! Don't let February pass without showing some love for the roof over your head. Here are ten ways to give your house a Valentine.
There’s a reason we associate flowers with love and happiness, especially this time of year when the outside world is cold and gray. The next time you’re running errands, why not grab an assortment of flora, or a dozen stems of your favorite flower? Apart from the beauty of the blooms, your house will reward your generosity with a wonderfully fresh scent.
Replace Shower Curtain
It’s cosmetic, sure, but while you’re saving up for a full remodel, replacing the shower curtain is an easy, quick, and inexpensive shortcut on the way to a rejuvenated bath.
While normal cleaning will make your countertops look good, a bit of extra care will make them look great. Whether laminate, granite, marble or stainless steel, learn the keys to maintaining the countertop material in your kitchen.
Depending on where you live, February can be the perfect time to get a jump on your spring garden by starting seeds indoors. First things first, check on the timing of the estimated final frost in your zone. If it's still a ways off, consider building a cold frame.
If your stained or painted wood cabinets have seen better days, give them a facelift. Your level of investment in the required tools and materials will be small, and the immediate payoff to the look of your kitchen is likely to be huge.
Hang Some Art
Artwork can transform any room in an instant. Choose a piece that appeals to your taste and complements your existing room decor. For top tips on hanging pictures, click here.
Upgrade Your Furnace Filter
It’s easy to keep buying replaceable fiberglass furnace filters, but if you really want to treat your HVAC system well, consider stepping up to a model that improves air quality and energy efficiency. For help selecting the right type of furnace filter, click here.
Organize a Closet
While it may take some serious effort, putting your closets in order will not only make you feel better, but will also make your life easier. Take measurements and use appropriate storage hooks, containers, and shelves to corral your closet items.
Clean Your Carpets
Really clean them. Either hire a professional or rent one of those heavy-duty cleaning machines over a long weekend. Sure, the carpet may look clean enough, but a thorough conditioning not only removes dirt, but also redistributes the pile, making the carpet appear new again.
Paint a Room
Just one! Whether you’re changing the color or not, a fresh coat of paint is almost never a bad idea. And for as little as $25 a can, painting is one of the easiest home improvement projects you can tackle. For tips on how to do it like a pro, click here.
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