It's summer again so it’s understandable if you and your family are starting to get bored indoors. The cold months are over so it's time to tackle home improvement projects.
What better way is there to keep everyone happy and entertained in sharing these warm months than figuring out improvement and beautification projects that will even increase the value of your home?
Here are some family project ideas that will get you excited to don your work clothes –
Bring House Plants In
This is potentially messy but you can spend the afternoon repotting your house plants or bringing in new plants to decorate your living room, bedroom, the dining room, your kitchen, and practically every room there is.
A Web MD article points out the benefits that come with bringing in plants. Researchers found out that rooms with greens have less dust and airborne particles. Just avoid plants with pollen and you should be safe from allergies.
Plants are also known to brighten up surroundings and lift up the moods of people who see them. Flowers are great pick-me-ups as their blossoms immediately improve room aesthetics.
A lot of people were obsessed with Marie Kondo’s Netflix special where she showed people how to reorganize and reimagine their spaces. What audiences realized is that, sometimes, even simple tasks such as moving furniture around helps in changing the mood in a room.
Alice Boyes Ph.D. wrote in an article on Psychology Today how decluttering creates confidence and even increases self-efficacy. Believe it or not, it is also energizing since you made a series of smart decisions by getting things done. As you do your best with your whole family and you begin ticking off chores on your to-do list, you will feel more energized and even your anxiety is greatly reduced.
And since decluttering also involves physical activity, you even get free exercise with your family. It is believed that a decluttering project does not just improve the aesthetics of your home but also reduces family tension and improves family relationships.
Imagine applying a fresh coat of paint on those tired looking walls. This is a simple task that will quickly rejuvenate the look of your habitat. If you and your kids are feeling a bit more daring, then pick a color that's bold and unusual.
The Pantone Color of the Year is Classic Blue. It may be a familiar azure shade but it is not for the faint-hearted. Explore this unique palette then build your theme around it. Go lighter or darker according to your preference.
Painting the interiors of your home results in a 107% ROI. Painting costs $967 on average while increasing space value to $2,0000.
A lot of homeowners who are thinking of selling their homes often paint their houses before putting it up in the market. Generally, home interiors need repainting every 7 to 8 years but homes with kids and pets need to repaint more often.
To play safe, stick with neutral colors such as white, light gray, or off white but if you are feeling adventurous, pick up the color wheel and choose a unique color.
These are the things you need to consider before painting the interiors of your home –
· White is best used in kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms.
· Just like white, gray is a neutral hue best used in bedrooms, living rooms, and bathrooms.
· Shades of blue are versatile because they can be calming or vivid. Use them, in the kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom.
· Green is effective in balancing the surroundings. It is a natural color that looks great in the living room, bedrooms, and as an accent wall.
· Purple is the color of royalty. Its lighter shade such as lavender is a wonderful bedroom color choice. It is also a great color on accent walls.
· Reds, yellows, and oranges stimulate the appetite so use them in the kitchen or on accent walls.
DIY painting projects cost anywhere from $500 to $1,500. Professionals can charge as much as $4,500.
Remember that high-quality paint that is properly applied can last for 5-7years.
‘Talk of painting, another great home improvement project can liven up your home is painting the mailbox. You can make this a more personal project with your kids. It is easy and fun to do, all you need are some newspapers spread out on the ground, a paintbrush, paint, and your cooperative children.
You can even tell your kids after the mailboxes have been painted that you can send letters, especially to their grandma. Your little ones can even practice writing while learning to address a letter.
It is also important to teach your children about safety in your home. A home improvement project that will effectively teach them this lesson is to test smoke detectors and to replace the batteries if they are no longer working. Find out which units aren't working anymore, which ones need battery replacement, and which need to be totally replaced.
Another practical home improvement project is to replace the furnace filter. it is easy to detect if the filter is dirty because the furnace efficiency is greatly reduced so once you feel a change in its performance, you’ll know that it’s time for a check-up. Remember that a working furnace system helps you save on your utility bills.
Another technical home improvement task is to clean the faucet aerator. There are many other technical projects such as this that will teach kids the benefits of being a handyman.
This is a project that will teach kids about science and art. The simple task of hanging a photo or portrait on your wall will give you teaching moments about an artwork, symmetry, beauty, color, and many more.
This is a simple project that will immediately improve the aesthetics of any room.
Gleaming Mirrors and Windows
Together with your kid, use a sponge or cloth with microfibers. Dip it in a water and vinegar solution to clean your mirrors and windows. Any kid would surely love to see the results of their efforts. Here is expert advice on how to Wash the Steps to Washing the Windows.
Paint the Fence
Take a good look at your fence and if it has seen better days, then it’s time to get a paintbrush and start whitewashing your picket fence again. This time, take into consideration the theme of your home. Make sure that the color matches or complements your home theme.
Time to Start a Garden
This home renovation project might be low-key but the combination of science and arts, plus the learning experience of your kids makes it worth your time. It will even improve the outdoor aesthetics of your home.
Look for decorative plants or begin planting seeds for both your front yard and backyard. Dream big. Who knows, you might even eat what you grow someday.
A Tree Hugger article cited 10 vegetables that you can grow in your garden. Find out if the tasty vegetables are okay to grow in your yard.
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