Who would have thought that we’d spend the Spring of 2020 in self-isolation?! But while it certainly isn’t what we likely planned on doing, it’s what we need to do for the health and safety of everyone. And since we have no choice, all we can do is make the best of it and maybe tap into our creative side while we’re at it. Here are a few easy DIY home improvement projects you can try while you’re in self-isolation.
Start Your Garden
Having a garden is a great way to grow healthy, fresh food, and beautiful flowers. Tending to your garden is a great way to de-stress as well as a fabulous way to learn — and teach your kids — how things grow. Last month I shared with you how to start your garden for spring, and I should mention there are a lot of great resources online for buying seeds, starters, and other things you need for your garden. Or ask your family or friends who have extra to (safely) drop some off in your yard.
Reupholster a Chair
Now’s the time to reupholster that chair or small sofa that you’re bored with. Chances are you have a scrap of material sitting around which will fit, or simply order a piece of fabric online. It’s not too difficult and doesn’t take too much time. Find a YouTube video to show you step-by-step instructions.
Create Some Art
If you have any canvas hiding in a closet or even a piece of thick cardboard, you can create some new art for your walls. Get your kids involved and prepare your area with paints, felts, different colours of tape, glitter, and whatever else you have kicking around your house and get creative. Pinterest and crafting blogs are an excellent place to look if you’re having trouble feeling inspired.
I’ve seen a lot of great specials on paint right now — and most stores offer contactless pickup or delivery right to you. Paint your front door, your living room, a dresser, or whatever else you feel needs to be done to spruce up your area.
If you have kids — or are a kid at heart — grab some chalkboard paint and paint your fridge or a wall or two in your house to give your kids a canvas to write notes or practice their art.
Create a Reading Nook
There’s no better time than now to catch up on that stack of books you’ve been meaning to read. And why not read in a fun spot.
You can simply stack up some pillows in the corner and put a stool or nightstand nearby to hold your coffee or tea and your book. Or you can go all out and build a small bench as a window seat, hang lacy curtains around your area for some privacy, build extra shelves for more storage, and truly create a little place to call your own. Google some ideas — there are lots out there!
Tackle Those Kitchen Fixes
I’ve mentioned before that those common kitchen fixes you’re ignoring are probably not going to take you too much time or money to complete. And since you’re likely using your kitchen more these days, it’s a great time to tackle this home improvement project!
I certainly hope you’re staying at home as much as possible and that you and your family are safe and healthy. Let me know what home improvement projects you’re doing while self-isolating! And if you happen to have any questions about how you can improve your house to make it increase in value or the housing market in Victoria, contact me!