Making improvements to your home can really de-stress and take a lot of time and effort off your shoulders in the long run. That’s why Pinterest is so jam-packed full of hacks to make life at home easier! You could also raise your quality of life by choosing some home projects that change how you interact with your home. You might not realise it, but you could make your life a lot better by installing a new shower, getting a new bed or rearranging the storage in your home. Some home improvements will better your life more than others, so if you have a budget and you’re not sure how to spend it, you might want to think carefully about the best way to allocate the money you have available. Take a look at some of the ways you could be spending your budget.
Bring More Light Into Your Home
Sunlight helps to keep us happy and healthy. Letting more light into your home can also help it to look bigger, plus it can mean you spend less on heating and lighting. If you want to get more natural light into your home, you could consider new windows. Getting larger windows or maybe changing the position of your windows, so you get sunlight at the best times of the day could benefit your home. You can also use techniques like hanging mirrors or keeping your windows clear of anything that could block the light.
Of course, you can also improve the light in your home with new lighting. While light bulbs don’t contain vitamin D, ensuring your home isn’t dark and dreary can still improve your quality of life. As well as having adequate lighting, you can see how other features might improve the light in your home. For example, being able to dim your lights or having several different types of lighting in each room gives you more control.
Improve Energy and Heating Efficiency
Everyone needs to be able to feel comfortable in their home. If it’s cold outside, you want to feel warm when you’re at home, and when it’s hot, you want to be cool. Better energy efficiency in your home ensures you have good control over the temperature and you won’t ever be too hot or too cold. It will also mean you’re not wasting money on heating or cooling, which can get expensive. Improving efficiency for heating and cooling as well as electricity in your home requires a few different strategies. Sometimes, a new appliance will do it, but other times it’s related factors that make a difference, such as how well insulated your home is. Don’t forget stocking up on Primark cosy blankets is a msut if you’re saving on heating and it’s so nice to get snuggled up under one for movie night.
Install a New Bath or Shower
Sometimes all you want is a relaxing bath or shower. While your current facilities might be adequate, an update can improve your bathroom immensely. There are a few things you might wish to do, such as installing a powerful shower. Perhaps you would like a walk-in shower, with no barriers, or you’ve been thinking about a new bath for a while. You could think about a bath or shower that’s easier to get in and out of, or perhaps a more luxurious feature, such as massaging jets in your bathtub. I know that after moving into an apartment with a bath I was able to relax a lot easier in the evenings! I don’t know how I lived in my student years without one for so long.
Expand Your Living Space
Are you thinking about taking on a larger renovation project? One option could be to expand the living space you have in your home. You might have a space you can convert, such as an attic or basement, a closet or cupboard under the stairs (Harry Potter style). With more living space, you might be able to add another bedroom, an office, a hobby room or anything else that you think could benefit you.
Add Healthy Gadgets to Your Kitchen
Living a healthy lifestyle is partly about making healthy choices, but also partly about making it easier to make those choices. Creating the right setup in your kitchen is one of the ways you can make your life a little healthier. For example, a larger fridge might encourage you to keep more fresh ingredients. A blender or juicer would make it easy to make smoothies or fruit and vegetable juices so that you can get plenty of vitamins and fibre into your diet. I’d highly recommend the BlendActive blender, it’s so cheap around £20 and will blend absolutely anything! There are also gadgets like smart kitchen scales, which help you to accurately measure and track what goes into your food which is essential if you’re dieting or counting macros.
Get A New Bed
A good night’s sleep sets you up for the rest of the day. The quality of your bed can make a huge difference to how well you sleep and how you feel during the day. You can find some handy guides to help you choose the right mattress at https:/Mattress-Guides.net/ if you want to replace the one you currently have. Memory foam mattresses have been popular for a while, and you might also discover latex mattresses and some made from various layered materials. It’s not all about the mattress, though. The frame or base of the bed matters too, and so does the bedding. I’ve been wanting to try a Simba or Casper mattress for a while now but since our apartment came with a new mattress it really isn’t necessary just yet!
Make Your Home Smarter
Smart technology is growing in popularity for a lot of purposes, and particularly in the home. There are some great ways you can utilise smart tech around your home, from smart light bulbs to smart speakers. And you can connect all of it up with a device such as the Google Home or Amazon Echo, which allow you to use voice control to command all your gadgets. You don’t have to make your entire home smart, though. You might just like one thing, such as a smart TV or a wireless sound system like the one offered by Sonos.
Plan Better Storage
New storage won’t always be the most expensive thing you add to your home, but it can make a huge difference to your life. The right storage can help you create more space in your home and keep it tidier. It can give you greater convenience by making it easier to put things away neatly and to access them when you need them. You can organise your storage in any room in your home, from the kitchen to the bathroom and even in your hallways. Sometimes it’s worth investing in expensive storage solutions, like fitted wardrobes, but often you can improve your home’s storage for very little and make a big impact.
Brighten Up the Place
A spot of colour in your home can do a lot to brighten up your life. You don’t have to make practical additions to your home to improve your quality of life. Some colour on your walls or anywhere else around your home can also make a difference. Bright colours can help you to feel happier, and they stop your home from looking too drab and miserable. Whether you want to paint all your walls yellow or just have a few bright accents around the place, it could do a lot to lift your mood and help you enjoy your home more. If you’re restricted with what you’re able to do with the walls then adding bright prints or posters will make a huge difference.
Get a Tumble Dryer (or Washer/Dryer)
Some homes, particularly rented ones, don’t benefit from a dryer which leaves you having to dry clothes around the house when it’s too wet to hang them outside. I had to do this frequently throughout Uni because the dryers were crap and I had plenty of clothes horses to trip over. This isn’t good for the house or you, as it introduces lots of moisture which can lead to damp. If you have the space, a small tumble dryer won’t cost you a lot of money. If not, there are alternatives, such as folding dryers or dehumidifiers, which can help you dry your clothes faster. You can see an example of a portable clothes dryer at https://www.jmldirect.com/. You can make your home healthier, and you won’t have laundry hanging around everywhere.
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