5 honey-do list ideas for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to show your significant other how much you care. While flowers, chocolates and other traditional gifts are nice, why not take a few hours to make improvements around your home? As the old saying goes, home is where the heart is.
Not only is this something your significant other will appreciate, but it also benefits both of you and could even increase the value of your home. All of that will bring joy to his or her heart much longer than flowers or sweets. Here are some great home projects, most of which can be completed in a weekend, that will warm your partner’s heart.
You don’t have to replace everything to make your kitchen look brand new. Give your walls, ceiling and even cabinets a DIY paint job. If you want to spend a bit more cash, replace cabinet pulls with new ones and install a backsplash. To showcase the kitchen’s new look, add a spotlight light feature, hanging or pendant lights or a new chandelier. There are plenty of trendy options at home and furniture stores.
Start your spring cleaning early and organize your closet. Start by getting rid of clothing, accessories and shoes you and your significant other no longer use (with their permission of course). Then add hanging shelf units to get extra items off the floor.
Installing simple add-ons such as belt and accessory hangers, see-through shoe boxes, and shower curtain rings for scarves will revolutionize the way the two of you use your closest. They’re inexpensive and easy to install. If you have extra space, put small items in baskets for storage and decoration.
Garages are often the messiest part of homes, so it never hurts to give it a good clean-up. Make more room for storage by simply weeding out things you don’t need. Throw away or donate items you don’t use. A good rule of thumb is the two-year rule: if you haven’t used it in two years, you probably need the space it occupies more than you need the actual item.
Then, make a plan for your garage, just like you would for any room in the house. Take measurements and draw a floor plan to help visualize. Categorize your items and place the ones you’ll use often near the door. Then map out space for seasonal equipment, such as lawn mowers or snow blowers.
Get large seasonal items, such as kayaks and bikes, off the floor. Hoist pulley systems are a great option for this. Lastly, make sure everything is off the floor and place items in containers to conserve space, and designate a space for hazardous materials, such as paint or fertilizers.
You don’t have to pay big bucks for a full bathroom remodel to completely change the space. Replace dated wallpaper with a faux or textured finish, replace old lighting to brighten up the room, and if your faucet is leaky, repair it following this step-by-step guide.
You don’t realize how tired the look of your walls has become until you do something about it. Updating the look of one room or a hallway can change the entire feel of your house and put a smile on your significant other’s face until next winter. And it just may add some value to your home. Just make sure you follow the proper painting steps to make sure the paint goes on smoothly.
When you’re done updating the color, perhaps you can find some new artwork to really update the space.
Sure, everyone loves flowers and sweets, but those gifts will be gone before the end of the month. Not only are these projects unique for Valentine’s Day, having an organized and efficient home will make your lives so much easier—and put a smile on your face—for so much longer. Kind of like love.