Welcome back to the blog! Today I wanted to share with you a passion of mine that is not fashion. I have always loved working on anything to do with the home. Whether thats painting a room, patching a wall, choosing new furniture or just paying a quick visit to Home Sense. Something about fixing up and decorating my space gets me all kinds of excited.
A few months ago, the boyfriend and I moved into a new apartment which we’ve had so much fun cleaning up and decorating. This process has gotten me thinking about all kinds of different things one can do quickly and easily to freshen up their home. I’m turning this into a two-part series because I just have way too many ideas, so check back tomorrow for the second instalment. Without further ado, here are my first 5 ways to freshen up your home for the coming winter months:
- Clean and paint the baseboards: If you own your home or you have a landlord who will allow you to paint, this. makes. such. a. difference. OH MY GOODNESS. I don’t know why this isn’t talked about more. We all know that a fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference for a room, but this can be both time consuming and expensive. The baseboards are often the first to show signs of wear, and of course they easily collect dust and dirt. Properly cleaning and repainting your baseboards will instantly freshen up your home with little cost and effort. If you want to take it a step further and you still have a can of your wall colour lying around, you can clean up any spots and noticeable marks on the wall, too. A can pf baseboard paint, a brush, some painters tape and a pre-paint cleaner shouldn’t cost you more than $60.
- Get new sheets: A fresh new set of sheets can change up the look of your whole bedroom. I more often than not, choose clean white because I love how crisp they look and that they can be thrown in the wash with some bleach, should I stain them (self tanner, coffee, etc … oops). A whole new set can be purchased for less than $100 on Amazon.sheets | duvet
- Clean out and reorganize all cupboards and closets: You might have already gathered that I’m big on closet purging. I’m someone who realllllllly doesn’t like to be surrounded by oodles of unnecessary things taking up my space. If you’re not exactly the type to regularly donate what you’re not loving, the change of seasons can be an excellent time to do it. As you’re pulling out all of your Fall and Winter clothing, evaluate what doesn’t fit, what you no longer love, what needs to be repaired and altered and TAKE CARE OF IT. Starting the season with your wardrobe feeling fresh and your closet clean can make a world of difference. The same here goes for bathroom and kitchen cupboards. Take everything out, wipe down the inside and dispose of any expired or unnecessary products. You’ll feel so much lighter. Trust.
- Change up your art work or wall hangings: Art can be expensive. Really, really expensive. But, it doesn’t have to be. If you’re on a budget, but you still want to change up the feel of your place, prints can totally be the way to go. I like Etsy and Society6 for unique designs and a cheap Ikea frame has never done me wrong. You can easily get a new print with frame for under $50. print 1 | print 2
- Wash your windows and blinds: This can so easily be overlooked, but its on my list for pre-fall cleaning. A quick vacuum and wipe with a wet microfibre cloth will quickly remove years of accumulated dust. Finish the windows off with a swipe of glass cleaner and your space will instantly feel brighter and cleaner.
I hope you found these tips helpful! Check back tomorrow for the next 5!