10 Simple DIY Tips To Improve Your Home

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“Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home.” — Melissa McClone

Owning a home gives a great sense of pride since it marks your independence. It is home where you make most of your happy memories. But home is not something that remains the same forever.

Like everything else, it ages and weathers down. There are always things in and around your beloved home that need continuous improvement for it to be the home you want it to be.

You should definitely spend some time on home improvement projects. We have put together a list of some simple and great DIY ideas for home improvement.

1. Paint or paper the walls

paint-the-wallsWithout a doubt, painting your home comes first on the list of things to do for home improvement. Paint is what makes the home look alive while also keeping it from deteriorating over time.

You’ve got plenty of walls and ceilings to paint with your favorite colors. If painting seems like too tough a job for you, you could also try wallpaper. There are all kinds of wallpapers available on the market that are easy to apply, remove, and reuse.

2. Upgrade your kitchen

upgrade-your-kitchenSpace for storage is never enough in the kitchen, and things seem to constantly add up. Creative use of the space in your kitchen can boost the storage. Take advantage of corners and walls with open shelves to keep spices, dishes, and cookware within easy reach.

Rollouts multiply the storage significantly by using the wasted space inside cabinets to create space for your cutlery, dishes, and everything else. Make it your weekend project to decorate your shelves and cabinetry with the best decorative ideas you have. If you are crafty enough, you can even try building a wine rack.

3. Fence the swimming pool

fence-the-swimming-poolHaving a swimming pool in your yard is great. You can spend some quality time there, but it can also be dangerous — especially if there are little kids in the family. For pool owners, fencing the pool should be on top of the to-do list for home improvement.

Different types of DIY pool fences are available on the market and they can be easily installed without much hassle.

4. Upgrade the bathroom

upgrade-the-bathroomChanging small details can mean big differences in your bathroom. Check the bath fixtures and change them when it feels like they need to be replaced.

Some simple changes you can make to upgrade your bathroom could be changing the faucet or installing a new shower head (perhaps a handheld or a sliding bar shower head to make quick adjustment for different heights, from adults to small children). Try mounting your old CD organizers on the wall to organize your hygiene products, or install an extra shower rod with shower hooks to keep your scrubbers available and within easy reach.

5. Rearrange your furniture

rearrange-your-furnitureYou don’t always have to add or remove things to change the look of your home. Moving things around can give your home a different feel. Start with one room at a time.

Rearrange the bookshelves. Move your chair to a different corner. Move your bed next to the window so you can see the stars at night. You could also try moving the extra table to another room. You’ll be surprised to see how these simple changes can alter your mindset.

6. Update your hardware

update-your-hardwareChange your doorknobs and cabinet pulls to give them a new look. Changing them all at once might get expensive, so do it one at a time, making it one of your weekend home improvement projects.

When you install new doorknobs, the old ones needn’t go to waste. Use them in the bathroom as hangers for your robes and towels. All you need is a screwdriver and it’ll be done in no time.

7. Accessorize your entryway

accessorize-your-entrywayAdd details to your entryway to make it inviting. Put a nice welcome mat and keep potted plants on the sides near the entrance. Dress the door with accessories and new hardware, like a grand set of pulls and a caller. Install outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s appeal.

Adding these little details to your entrance gives it a distinct personality and makes a lasting impression on guests.

8. Add some greenery

add-some-greeneryYour home’s exterior can make up half of what you call home, so it most definitely cannot be neglected. Craft the landscape beautifully to add elegance to your home.

Well-laid turf is always an inviting sight. Plants and flowers make it feel fresh and lively and evergreen screens make your garden and backyard look elegant. Build raised flower beds to plant beautiful flowers. Drought-tolerant plants that last all year round are a good idea rather than using seasonal plants. Routine trimming and cutting are obvious jobs in the garden.

9. Amp up home security

amp-up-home-securityThere is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home. A home is no home unless it gives you a sense of safety and security. So, home security is as important as anything else on your to-do list for home improvement.

Installing a burglar alarm and surveillance cameras could be a good idea to secure your property. Remember to check the systems routinely and learn how to set them up on your own — just in case.

This is worth your time and money because it will give you a sense of security and allow you sleep peacefully at night with the knowledge that your property is secure.

10. Light up poorly lit areas

light-up-poorly-lit-areasIf there are places in the house where the lighting is not ample, paint these areas with bright colors and install electric lights. If your closets look like they could use some light, set up Christmas lights around the edges of the doors. Install halogen track lights on the walls to add light where you need it. Install lights with dimmer switches to take control of the mood. Lighting up your home properly at nights gives it a distinct personality and creates a lively ambiance.

I’m a writer based out of East Village, Manhattan. I work from my condo and local coffee shops (and a few restaurants with menus that are more unhealthy than licking a subway railing), meeting friends who have boats or boat access, touring the zoo for the zoo to visit my ex-boyfriends, and forcing my political beliefs on others at social events (kidding, don’t be one of those people.