• D.I.Y Projects to Do While You’re Stuck Inside

  • by Lindsay Schachinger

Let’s face it, winter can be a drag. Don’t let the gloomy skies and snow covered streets keep you unmotivated indoors. It can be hard to get up off the couch, but there are many simple do-it-yourself home improvement projects to keep you hands on during these cold winter months.

Put Insulation on Your Water Heater

It may not be the most exciting project out there, but insulating your water heater can make a significant difference on your utility bills. And who doesn’t like saving money? With the addition of insulation, the water stays warm even when the heater isn’t on. This, combined with turning down the temperature a few degrees, can keep even more of your hard-earned money in your pocket. You can find an insulation kit at the hardware store.

Add a Pop of Color

If you’re anything like me, I love change, and I love to paint. If the walls in your home begin to bore you, and you want to make them come to life, try paint. Something as simple as a fresh coat of paint can drastically change the mood of a room. Traditionally, a room is usually painted one color, but you can create an accent wall by painting one wall a completely different color.  Other techniques include adding trim work, crown molding, or painting the ceiling. You can also use painters tape to create stripes or other patterns on the wall.

Organize, Organize, Organize

Since you tend to spend most of our time indoors during the winter, you may be more aware of the disorder in your home. Two of the most popular areas that accumulate the most clutter are closets and the mudroom. Fortunately, we have some tips to simplify and tidy up your space.Mudroom

The Mudroom: During the winter, many households become the culprit of a chaotic mudroom. Coats, boots, hats, gloves, and scarves seem to be a never-ending disheveled mess. Find a place for all of your apparel by investing in hooks, labeled bins, shoe storage, and a boot tray.

Closets: Instead of waiting, jumpstart spring cleaning and separate your clothes into three piles; keep, throw away, and donate. Install shelves, buy a shoe rack, and use one hanger style to bring order to your closet.  If you are having troubling deciding what clothes to keep or give away, face all your hangers in the same direction and once you wear an item, turn the hanger in the opposite direction. After a year, you’ll know what clothes you actually wear. The hangers that were never turned are the ones you should give away.

Update Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are one of the places that become outdated and dirty fast. Luckily, bathrooms also have some of the most easy-to-update features. As a do-it-yourselfer, you can easily bring your bathroom up to date with a new faucet, fresh grout, and new paint. Install a new shower curtain and replace grimy towels with new, plush ones. However, if you are looking for a complete makeover to turn your bathroom into a spa retreat, then it might be easier to call in a professional.

Give Your Floors Some Love

Hardwood floors can get damaged easily in the winter with all the snow, slush, and salt debris getting dragged in with boots and shoes. To make sure water doesn’t get absorbed into the wood and warp it, protect them with refinishing polish.

On the topic of hardwood floors in the winter, hardwood floors can get cold during the winter. You may want to consider installing carpet in a couple of rooms of your house or buy area rugs to create more comfort. Your feet will thank you later.

Completed all these projects and still have time for more? Quicken Loans offers a number of ideas on the Zing Blog.