It’s likely that all of us are going to be spending more time at home this Christmas season than ever before. Rather than wallow in despair though, why not see this as a golden opportunity to finally get a move on with those DIY projects that you’ve been meaning to get to for years?
Winter is the perfect time to truly enjoy your home comforts but you’ll be able to enjoy those comforts a lot more if you’ve recently given it a bit of a DIY sheen. So, without further ado, here are a few simple DIY projects you might want to consider this winter.
Bleeding the radiators – If you want your central heating system to run cleanly and efficiently then this is an absolute must! We’re all going to be indoors more this year and that means we’ll be using our central heating a lot more than usual. Every precaution should be taken to ensure there’s no problems and that includes taking out boiler cover in case of an emergency. Because you really don’t want to be left in the cold on Christmas Day!
Maximizing energy efficiency – Another simple task that doesn’t require much prior knowledge and very little skill. The best way to ensure you’re keeping your home warm without spending a fortune is to bulk up its energy efficiency. This can be done several ways – by caulking windows to ensure they’re completely airtight to sealing gaps with expanding foam and creating draught excluders for your doors.
Painting and varnishing – As long as you have a set of brushes and a free afternoon then no paint or varnish job should be above you. You might be surprised by just how much fresh life a new coat of paint can bring to a room or a piece of furniture too. It’s not just the Christmas tree that’ll be turning heads this year.
Fix squeaky doors and hinges – This is one of those irritating little tasks that we never get around to because it seems so inconsequential. But the sound of silence when you open that door that’s been hollering like an injured seal for years will be more than worth it. This is often a case of either tightening hinges or greasing them with a little WD40. Either way, it’s far from a difficult task.
Clear your wardrobes – All this takes is some free time, some vacuum storage bags and a lot of patience. You’ll also need to be willing to kill some of your idols, so to speak. Sort through your wardrobes and put aside anything you haven’t worn in months. There’s probably a reason you haven’t worn it. This can be your ‘goodwill pile’.
Winter cleaning – Nobody really enjoys cleaning but whether it’s cleaning your windows, dusting the living room or giving the bathroom a good old-fashioned once-over with the bleach, there’s never been a better time to make your home sparkle.