Easy DIY Projects To Tackle Anytime
Cooped up inside because of the coronavirus? In this unsettling time, doing your part to maintain social distance means you've been spending a lot of time indoors. While exercising, reading marathon watching movies, and cooking are all good things to do to pass the time but If you need a more satisfying project, check out this list of ideas.
In between school lessons and work-from-home office duty, consider ticking off a few of these easy-to-handle projects below, you'll gain a sense of accomplishment and emerge with a room that's clean and organized. After all, a tidy home equals a tidy mind. Not to mention these projects that may have been looming on a to-do list.
1. Upgrade your lighting
You'll need good light since you'll be inside for a while, so consider replacing old bulbs in your living room lamps with energy-efficient LED bulbs
And since you're in the lamp department, take a hard look at the shades on each of your lights. If you have a similar size lamp in another room, swap the shades to give your living room a new look or recover and reinvent a different look.
2. Hang (or rehang) a gallery wall
Redoing your wall design is a fast way to upgrade your living room's look—and it costs just about nothing except your time and a few picture hooks and nails.
If you've always wanted to try a gallery wall, go for it! If you already have one, it might be time to change it up.
Either way, lay your frames on the floor to plan the arrangement. If you already have a gallery, play with the order of the grouping or add new pictures, then rehang.
3. Wash living room curtains
Washing curtains is one of those household chores we're supposed to do every six to eight months, but it can easily fall to the wayside. It's kind of a hassle, right? But now that you have some extra time at home, take a couple of hours to clean any curtains that are washing machine-safe.
If your curtains aren't supposed to touch water, take them off the rod, go outside, and give them a good shake to get the dust off.
4. Wipe down baseboards
Your baseboards, crown molding, railings, and other wall details often get overlooked during regular weekly cleaning sessions. Remedy this situation by dipping a sponge in a mild wood surface cleaner diluted in warm water and gently swabbing these surfaces to get rid of grime and dust.
5. Restyle your bookshelves
Another quick and easy task. Sort through all your books, magazines, and CDs, and release what you no longer watch or want to read.
Then take the time to organize your books in a way that makes sense to you and if needed to fill the shelves with various other items that bring you joy; photos, plants or other items.
6. Rearrange your furniture
You might be in need of a furniture refresh, but with most stores closed right now— that can make that task difficult. So to give your room a new perspective without spending any money by trying rearranging the furniture in the room or adding to or removing pieces to different areas of the house.
Now is a good time, after all, to evaluate what is and isn't working for you. You might consider removing a chair or two to open the room up, or moving the couch in front of the radiator—you won't be needing heat again until later this fall. Switch out the rug in your living room with a lighter one that has been sitting in another room.
7. Fix wall marks with paint
It takes just a few minutes with a Magic Eraser or soapy water to remove those unsightly black scuff marks from living room walls and if that isn't enough, touch up with leftover paint. If desired repaint with a new color you will be looking at the same four walls for a long time, so pick a color that compliments your furnishings and style.