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Top 10 DIY Home Improvement Projects for the Winter

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Winter is a good time to relax, cozy up inside, and enjoy some quiet time to yourself. But if you prefer to maintain some productivity while the snow falls outside, winter is also a great time to work on home improvement projects!

When you think about home improvement projects, you might automatically think of working outside in the yard or garden—and in Colorado, the odds are good that you’ll get a few nice winter days to get outside. But there’s also a ton you can do inside during the winter to satisfy your home improvement goals, whether that’s making your home feel more cozy, organized, energy efficient, or something else.

To help jumpstart your motivation, we’ve pulled together a list of home improvement projects that you can tackle anytime this winter.

1. Clean/Organize Your Garage or Basement

Organization is an ongoing task for any home, especially if you have kids or a busy life in general. Winter is the perfect time to go through your basement or garage to add some order to the madness. And if the weather is warm enough or your garage is insulated/heated, cleaning your garage is a great wintertime activity!

Consider installing a pegboard or shelving to get tools and other items off the ground. You can also take a look at this great list of storage and organization ideas.

2. Install a New Toilet

It sounds like a big task, but installing a toilet isn’t as intense of a project as you might think. Winter is also a great time to upgrade your toilet for something that better suits your needs or is more efficient. You just want to make sure you have some help, as toilets can be heavy, so lifting and properly placing it might require extra assistance. Here’s a helpful video on how to replace a toilet. Similar to replacing your toilet, changing your faucets can potentially help you save water and cut costs.

3. Declutter Your Home

You don’t have to wait for spring to do a little cleaning up around the house! Taking time to straighten up around your most popular spots throughout the house will help you feel more at ease, and it can be fun to go through old items and figure out what you do/don’t want to hold onto.

Clean your junk drawers, go through dresser drawers and reorganize your items, reorganize your closet (don’t forget to create a donation pile!), go through your pantry or spice cabinet, or anywhere else you notice clutter.

4. Spruce Up Your Interior Decor

Winter is the perfect time to tackle indoor DIY home projects, especially those that will add a cosmetic boost to your home. Consider:

  1. Painting a room (or just a wall)
  2. Making new curtains
  3. Giving a piece of furniture a fresh look with a new coat of paint
  4. Installing new door handles

Here are some additional ideas for DIY home decor projects.

5. Install New Lighting Fixtures

You’d be surprised how upgrading your home lighting will change the feeling of a room or your entire home. Consider your overhead lighting in the rooms you spend the most time in, like your living room, bedroom, home office, kitchen, bathroom, and hallways.

6. Replace Your Doorbell

Installing a new doorbell is an outdoor task, but it’s not one that should take you too long. Plus, a smart doorbell like a Nest or Ring is a great addition to your home safety and it might help lower your homeowners insurance costs.

7. Install a Programmable Thermostat

One way to prepare your property for winter is to install a programmable thermostat. The initial shock from receiving your first winter utility bill might provide enough motivation for this easy project. Programmable models allow you to automatically set different temperatures throughout the day. Some models provide the convenience of controlling temperatures from your smartphone or tablet. Products easily pay for themselves in energy savings, and are accompanied by easy installation instructions.

8. Try a New Furniture Arrangement

Sometimes all it takes is just a new arrangement to feel better about your living space. Is your couch facing the right wall? Does your bed make sense where it’s positioned in your bedroom? Is your home office arranged to help you with remote work? There are a lot of simple furniture arrangement strategies you can implement to create a fresh and welcoming home environment.

9. Update Your House Numbers

This project can be as much fun as it is impactful on the way your home looks from the outside! Your address numbers get a lot of attention, so it makes sense to ensure they’re easy to see and look nice to visitors.Here are some DIY ideas for updating your house numbers.

10. Attempt a New Cozy Craft

Winter could be considered the unofficial craft season, especially when the weather is bad! Rather than sitting around bored all season, consider taking up a new craft to help make your home feel more unique and cozy. Here are some ideas for winter crafting projects.

11. BONUS: Make Sure Your Roof Is In Good Shape

Spring will be here before we know it, so take advantage of the slower part of the year by getting your roof inspected now. It’s easy, free, and it can save you a lot of money before storm season hits.

Get in touch with J&K Roofing for a complimentary and comprehensive inspection of your roof, gutters, and roof fixtures today. Call us today at 303-425-7531 or visit our website to schedule your inspection! 

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