Feb 5, 2022

Winter Home Improvements to Do Now


A home in winter

Although wintertime doesn’t seem like an ideal period for DIY home projects, there are still many things that you can do to update your residence, even if the weather outside is not perfect. These easy yet effective changes will keep you occupied and significantly improve your household, from expanding your storage space and getting rid of excess items to doing simple tasks like changing your cabinets’ handles and pulls. If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and do some work, take a look at the following lines and see the winter home improvements that you can do right now.  

Expand your kitchen storage space

Every kitchen lacks storage space. Still, regardless of whether you need a place to keep your fancy china or kitchenware that you rarely use or want to make your kitchen more functional, additional space will surely be more than welcome. Luckily, a simple and easy hack will turn your kitchen wall into storage without losing any square footage, even if you are not well-versed with tools and woodworking. Get a pegboard that you will buy or construct on your own, and install it on the side of your kitchen cabinet. Our recommendation, however, is to buy a pegboard, which you can find in various colors. This way, you will avoid painting fumes because of which you will need to open your windows.

By adding a pegboard where you will hang your pots and pans, cutting boards, and other tools and utensils that you use daily, you will make your small space appear big and make your kitchen more functional.

Doughnuts on a pegboard
Pegboards are great for hanging kitchenware, but they also have many other purposes.

Replace old pulls and handles on your cabinets

Let’s stay in the kitchen space for an hour or two more to replace old pulls and handles on your kitchen cabinets. This is also one of the most effective winter home improvements that you can practically do with just a screwdriver. Whether you inherited kitchen cabinets with not-so-appealing handles or there are no handles at all, installing new ones will have a dramatic effect on your kitchen. Of course, you do not have to restrict yourself only to remodeling your kitchen space. You can do it wherever you think it is necessary.

Declutter to gain additional storage space and make your home neater

Decluttering is one of the winter home improvements that require some time and effort but can significantly impact your home’s appeal. No matter how neat and organized it is, every home has a number of excess items that are unnecessarily occupying the space. So, let’s turn this into a home improvement project that you will do this winter. 

Get into your storage space and get those items out. Go through your inventory and see what things you haven’t been using in the past six months. Those are the items that need to go. You can sell them, donate them, get them to recycling, or rent a storage unit where you can store your items hassle-free. Just make sure that you pack your things for storage properly. 

Organize your new storage space according to your needs

After you clear out your storage, construct or buy shelves and get boxes, organizers, and bins of different colors to organize your newly created storage space. You can also use pegboards or utility hooks for hanging your ironing board, brooms, mops, dustpans, etc. Hang a clothing rack to keep your summer clothes in good condition. And if you are using storage for keeping documents and paperwork, you can invest in a file cabinet to keep them well sorted. 

Get help when moving your items to storage

If you are decluttering and moving some items to storage, besides finding a good unit, you will also need to make sure that your belongings are well packed. 

This, however, can be a demanding task, especially if you have a large number of items to store. The experts from Eagle Van Lines always recommend hiring professional assistance when packing your stuff for storage, as in-storage conditions can vary depending on the facility. And your items need to be well packed if you want to ensure their safety. Moreover, professionals can even transport your belongings to a storage facility, which will make these winter home improvements even simpler. 

Movers loading a moving van
Call movers to help you declutter and get your excess items to storage

Seal your windows and other openings

One of the things that are particularly important to address before winter is sealing your windows and holes that might cause your home to lose precious heat. Also, during winter, rodents and other animals are looking for shelter from cold and are more likely to invade your home if they find a way in. Unfortunately, this is something that people often forget to do on time and only realize when cold air and critters start creeping inside. Luckily, it is something that you can fix with ease for less than $500. Check your windows and use caulk, waterproof sealant, or weatherstripping to seal your windows and other openings. You will get a warmer and more energy-efficient home in just a few hours of work.

Insulate your attic to keep your living space warm and protect your roof from damage

Insulating your attic is one of the most effective winter home modifications that almost anyone can do for less than $400. Insulating your attic will keep your living space warmer, make your home more efficient, and keep your attic cold, which is very important if you live in an area with harsh weather. A warm attic is one of the prerequisites for forming roof ice dams that can heavily damage your roof. And that is something that you definitely want to avoid. Luckily, insulating your attic can help you create a more environmentally friendly home and, more importantly, prevent damage to your roof. 

A house covered in snow and ice
Avoid roof ice dam formation by insulating your attic.

Replacing your bathroom faucet is one of the simplest winter home improvements

One of the simplest things that you can do to improve your bathroom appeal is to install a new faucet. If you have never done this before, do not worry, it is really simple, especially if you get a faucet with the same number of mounting holes as your sink. Simply turn off the water shutoff valves under the sink and install a new faucet following the instructions that came with it.

Why wait for spring?

As you can see, you do not have to wait for spring to start improving your living space. These few winter home improvements will keep you occupied for the time being, and when the weather allows it, you can deal with other projects that require more effort and warmer conditions.

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