5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Home Feeling Fresh During the Pandemic
Make your home feel like a staycation with these DIY tips!
It’s not new news. These days, more often than not, everyone is staying home much of the time. Bars, parks, museums, and other recreational facilities that we all used to frequent are currently closed, or you may find them unsafe to visit. On average, people are spending 35% more of their time at home. Looking at the same four walls may get a bit boring after a while, but it doesn’t have to stay that way!
With a little bit of time and effort, you can make your home feel like a brand-new space for you to enjoy once you’re off the clock. Since you’re spending more time at home, why not take some time to make it feel like a vacation? Don’t worry, though. You won’t have to open your wallet for all these tips. We also accept a few hours of your time and some elbow grease as a form of payment.
Here are 5 easy ways to make your home feel like you’re on vacation:
Refresh Your Wall Paint
Over time, our walls can get dirty and roughed up with age. While cleaning them regularly can prevent some of this, it’s inevitable that there will be some stains, spots, or missing paint that a Magic Eraser can’t fix. Keep your walls looking new with a fresh coat of paint! If they aren’t too bad, you could also get away with just spot-treating problem areas with a small, sample can of paint.
Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, paint your walls an entirely new color! Not different enough? Add an accent wall! Painting only one of your walls is a lot less time, effort and money, but can still revamp a space. If you’re looking for a pattern, different companies sell wallpaper made for accent walls. The only question now is which room should you choose!
Break Out the Fancy Dining Ware!
You know that china in display cabinet that you usually only take out during the holiday season? Why not get more use out of it! Once you’re done testing out some new recipes, serve your food with your fanciest dining set. This simple trick can help break up your nightly mealtime routine. Just because it’s something you do every day doesn’t mean it has to get boring!
While you’re at it, host a virtual fancy dinner party with your friends! Share recipes and catch up with loved ones even if you can’t see them in person.
Rearrange Your Furniture
Sometimes, making your space feel new only requires moving some things around. After some time, you get so used to your current layout that perhaps even moving one piece of furniture can change the dynamics of your space. You’d be surprised at how new your home feels after rearranging all your furniture!
When you do this, just keep in mind that each room should have a focal point. An anchor of sorts that all the other pieces of furniture have to work around and work with. For example, your bed is your bedroom’s focal point.
Change Up Your Bedding
Speaking of your bed, by changing your bedding, you can give your bedroom a fresh new feel! Like we said before, your bed is your bedroom’s focal point, so if you change your bedding, it can actually have a major impact on the entire space. Whether you like layers and layers of cozy blankets, or if you’re more of a minimalist, showcase your style with some fresh new sheets.
Additionally, decorative pillows can be a simpler, cheaper alternative to buying an entire bedding set. They may not pack as much of a punch, but it’s still a fun way to switch things up.
(Psst! This tip could also apply to the couch in your living room as well!)
Transform a Nook into a Brand-New Space
Okay, so we know this may not apply to everyone, but if you have a nook or corner somewhere in your home, you can take a little bit of time to transform it into an entirely new space! Maybe you’ve used this corner for storing all your extra decorative pillowcases or duvets that you got after reading tip #4, but that space can be so much more than just a storage unit.
You could create a reading nook to finally get through that reading list you’ve been drafting for months, or perhaps you’ve picked up a new hobby in quarantine like embroidery or drawing and would like some space to hone in on your craft. You could also create a new workspace to boost your brain power as you work from home. Whichever you choose to do, you’ll find the perfect way to utilize that once-awkward space of yours!
Hopefully these tips can help you alleviate some of your cabin fever that you may be feeling. We all have to learn to love being at home, since we’re here much more than most of us are used to. Part of that enjoyment comes from how our home looks and how we experience it! Keeping things new and fresh can add an element of excitement to being at home.