A new year brings a new, fresh start in your home. From small projects, such as adding wallpaper and repainting a room, to major undertakings, such as renovating a bathroom and adding onto the house, there are plenty of ways to revamp your place in the new year. For a list of home improvement projects that you can tackle in your new house this year, check out these ideas below.
- Add shelving around the house
The easiest way to get organized in your new home? Try adding shelving and storage baskets throughout the house. From your pantry and garage to your closets and bathrooms, adding vertical shelving and storage baskets to your rooms will help get things off the floor and out of the way, making it easier to enjoy your home this year.
- Organize your garage
Speaking of organization, it’s finally time to tackle that garage. From vertical bike racks and built-in cabinets to plastic bins and wire shelving, there are plenty of ways to outfit your garage in organizational tools.
- Revamp your entry
From your front porch to your interior foyer, the home’s entryway is one of the most important (if not the most important) areas of the house. Not only is it the first thing people see when they enter your home, but it’s also the first place you enter when you come home. To revamp your entryway, think of creative ways to organize your shoes, dog leashes, keys, etc.
- Update your light fixtures
Still living with the light fixtures that came with your home? It may be time to upgrade and personalize the electrical lighting inside and outside the house. To do so, we recommend starting with your entryway light, kitchen lighting and bedroom lighting. Those on a budget can find affordable and stylish lighting options at Home Depot and Lowe’s.
- Add potted plants and window boxes
You don’t have to completely re-landscape your yard to freshen up a home’s exterior. For a budget-friendly way to add color and greenery outside the house, we recommend potting plants on your porch and installing window boxes around the home.
- Make your house more energy efficient
Adding LED light bulbs and a smart thermostat are easy ways to make your house more cost efficient and energy efficient at the same time. Other ways you can make your home more energy efficient include turning off the lights when you leave the house, using power strips, sealing air leaks and replacing filters.
- Purge your home of unnecessary items
From unused furniture to old clothing, getting rid of non-essentials will give your home an easy, low-cost makeover. To donate items, try dropping them at Goodwill or Habitat for Humanity.
- Grout and clean your tile
From kitchen backsplashes to bathroom showers, chances are you have tile in more than one room in your house. While convenient and durable, tile and grout also have a tendency to get quite dirty. To clean up your tile in the new year, try bringing in the professionals for a deep clean. To do it yourself, simply use a toothbrush, baking soda and water.
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