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As life gets busy and messy, so can your home. And living in a space with much-needed renovations and overdue cleaning tasks can cause anxiety and frustration that boil over into other aspects of your life.
Since September is known by some as “Self-Improvement Month,” we think it’s the perfect time to look at simple ways to simultaneously improve your life and your home.
Check out our list below for home renovation and reorganization projects that can help you get back on track.
Home Project Ideas
Make a Habit Out of Budgeting
Some of the home projects on your dream list will require real budgeting of time and money. If you don’t normally make budgets that let you shop and save with confidence, taking on new home renovations can be the perfect time to start.
Begin with a simple cost estimator, and compare that with an overview of your current savings and credit options. That will give you an idea of what you can afford, and how long it will take to pay off. You can also extend this practice into planning vacations and major purchases like vehicles.
Spending within your limits, paying off debts, and reaching your savings goals can take away large sources of anxiety and give you a sense of freedom in the way you live your life.
Less Closet Clutter for Reduced Stress
Too many clothes (some you never wear), not enough hangers or drawers, and a pile of shoes flowing out the door you can no longer close.
A messy closet is one of the most anxiety-inducing sights in the home. And while it may seem like an overwhelming task, it’s totally worth it.
First off, you’ll likely need to get rid of some things. Consider selling or donating clothes you no longer wear, and relocate any items that would be better off in a front closet, basement, or garage.
Depending on the size of your closet, you can optimize the space with hanging rods and dressers, making sure to use as much vertical space as possible. Another stress-reducer is adding labels or dividers that will help you navigate your things quickly on busy mornings.
Breathe Easy with Aprilaire Healthy Air Solutions
Deep breathing is a proven way to reduce stress and anxiety. And one way to make it even healthier for you is to ensure the air you’re breathing is fresh and purified.
Simple fixes like turning on the kitchen exhaust fan whenever you’re cooking, and opening up windows to promote ventilation can make a difference. Another solution is installing Aprilaire whole-home equipment to automatically handle fresh air ventilation, air filtration, and humidity control throughout your living space.
A Kitchen You’ll Love to Cook In
Summer is a great time to grill outside and enjoy seasonal favorites at restaurants and cafes. But as you move into fall, you may be looking to cook at home more often to both save money and have a better idea of what’s going into your food.
Creating a well-stocked and organized kitchen can make it simpler to cook fast, healthy meals a few days a week, and give you enough space to meal prep large quantities for a whole week’s worth of food. Try upgrades like new cabinets, countertop organization, and a more efficient refrigerator/freezer where you can store your prepped meals.
Plant a Garden for Nourishment
This project can nourish your belly and your mind. Tending a garden and seeing it change over time will help you relax and unwind after a long day at work. And when it’s time to harvest, you’ll be able to enjoy homegrown, seasonal produce without relying on as many trips to the grocery store.
To start, you’ll want to identify the plants most likely to thrive in your region, and then choose a space around your yard that would work best for this type of project.
A Comfortable Home Office for Maximum Focus
Working from home is convenient for a lot of reasons, but it can also make it difficult to separate “work time” from “home time.”
One way around this issue is to create a dedicated workspace that has all the amenities you need to focus and efficiently complete your work before returning to family and home time.
Look around for inspiration, and get an idea of the look and feel you want: minimalist and distraction-free, or more offbeat and creative.
Paint color and wall art are important, but you’ll really want to make sure you’ve found a comfortable chair and ergonomic desk setup to ensure maximum focus.
Home Spa Upgrades for Relaxation
While you might not be able to afford weekly trips to the spa, you can find time to relax every day by reinventing your bathroom at home.
Small touches can make a big difference. Try scented soaps and bubble baths, plush towels, and warmer lighting.
You can also make larger, yet affordable changes like installing a new and improved shower head or painting with colors that create a feeling of zen.
A Guest Bedroom Visitors Will Love
Building community and prioritizing personal interactions can go a long way toward making you happier throughout the year.
Instead of relying on expensive, difficult-to-schedule vacations to meet up with friends and family, you can create an awesome guest room in your home that will make it easy to host.
Start with a comfortable bed and things like a reading light and a place to set up a suitcase. Then you can move on to larger tasks like making it quieter or changing the lighting.
Improving the space will give you the confidence to invite people to stay, and will provide a comfortable spot that your loved ones will enjoy year after year.
Break a Sweat for Nicer Landscaping
Do you like what you see when you pull into your driveway or walk up to your home every day?
If your exterior could use some work, it’s also a great opportunity to get active and improve your physical fitness.
Regular maintenance like weeding and watering can help you break a sweat a few times a week. And when you take on larger tasks like new landscaping or a stone pathway, you can count those days as intense workouts.
In addition to offering exercise, these outdoor improvements can greatly increase the value of your property and give you pride in calling that address home.