Everyone needs a little TLC every once in a while — including your home!
Give your apartment some love this weekend by tackling some long-overdue projects, beautifying the interiors, or simply adding to the already great environment you’ve created. You’ll be surprised by how much a few small tweaks can do to make your home feel more inviting (and even change your own perception it). Best of all, it doesn’t take a lot of time, effort, or cash to get any of these projects done.
Here are six upgrades you can make this weekend to turn your home into an even better place to live.
Organize Your Closets
When’s the last time you really wore those jeans? And what about that avalanche of sweaters that’s sitting on your top shelf — isn’t it about time you did something with those?
Spend a weekend organizing all the closets in your apartment. You could simply spend an hour or so tidying them up, or you could try go for a whole afternoon of decluttering and rearranging to get everything laid out perfectly.
Make things easier on yourself by going to the local big-box store and buying a few storage bins or baskets for out-of-season clothes, holiday decorations, and anything else you might need to organize.
Change Out Your Showerhead
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your bathroom is to change out the showerhead. It’s likely that the one that came with your apartment is perfectly fine, but upgrading will really make a difference in your daily grooming routine.
Go to your local hardware store or go online to find a showerhead that fits your tastes, whether it’s one with several different water pressure settings, one with great water-saving features, or even one that feels like rainfall.
Re-Caulk Your Tub
Moisture and a buildup of soap scum can eventually leave your tub looking pretty worse for wear. Take a weekend to brighten it up by re-caulking it. This project is easier to pull off than you might think, and it’ll make a huge difference in the overall look of your bathroom. All you’ll need to get the job done is a putty knife (or a painter’s tool), caulk, a caulk gun, and painter’s tape.
Remove the old caulking with the putty knife, but do so carefully, as you don’t want to damage the tub itself. Make sure you’ve cleared out all the excess caulking by taking a lint-free rag and wiping down the tub. Once it’s all gone, you’re ready to put down painter’s tape to guide your caulking and then actually apply the caulk to the tub. Always let new caulking dry for 24 hours before using the bathtub or shower again.
Build a Gallery Wall
Gallery walls have been in style for a few years now, and it looks like they’re going to be sticking around for a bit longer. If you have an empty space in your living room, bedroom, bathroom, or hallway, fill it with a gallery wall to create an interesting look for a small price tag.
Gather up your favorite family photos, post cards, or pieces of art you’ve bought at flea markets and purchase frames for them all. These frames can be the same color, same size, or they can be mixed and matched. Gallery walls can be used to create a cohesive, uniform look, but they can also be as eclectic and unique as you want them to be.
The best part about a gallery wall is that it’s never truly finished — not until you run out of wall space, that is.
Upcycle or Hack an Old Piece of Furniture
If you have the time and energy for it, you might want to dedicate your weekend to upcycling or “hacking” an old piece of furniture that’s seen better days. Whether it’s an old coffee table that you got from your sister or a kitchen table that you bought on Craigslist, you can spruce it up using paint, stain, casters, or any other creative addition you might have seen online.
Just be sure to use proper ventilation and put down tarps on the floor to ensure you don’t do any damage to yourself or your apartment!
Try a Craft for Your Home
If you consider yourself a crafty person, why not create something specific for your home?
Look online to get inspiration for a few DIY projects. You might try something like making a tapestry out of yarn, embedding a cross-stitch hoop with a sassy saying, or putting up some bunting on the fireplace or over a window covering. Use your imagination, and don’t be afraid to get as creative as you please — this is just for you, after all.