Like most people during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’re probably stuck at home under social distancing regulations. Even though this is an important step in reducing the number of COVID-19 cases, it doesn’t make it easier to stay in one place. Without regular work hours, the chance to see friends, or simply go out and explore, staying at home can quickly become hard to bear. (See Related: 5 Incredibly Cheap Ways to Remodel Your Bathroom)
Why not focus on creating a space you love spending time in? Try your hand at these DIY home improvement projects you can do while weathering COVID-19:
Create a home office
If you are currently working remotely, you must have a designated workplace. Don’t have any free space for your home office? Make one by turning an unused closet into a great, space-efficient workplace.
Simply detach the door, unhinge the hanging rods, and install shelving that’s level to your arms when you sit. It will serve as the surface for your desktop. Ideally, it should be 27 inches above the floor for a sitting desk or 44.5 inches above the floor for a standing desk. Install additional shelving if you have a ton of work belongings.
Don’t forget to decorate your home office. You can go wild with your décor, but make sure you’re not cluttering your space. Add photos and items that motivate you, as a finishing touch.
Hide your cords
Declutter your space by hiding your electrical cords. Invest in cord concealer kits then paint them to match your walls or use temporary hooks to run the wires out of sight. Label each cord with a colorful tag for easy identification.
Craft a chalkboard wall
Buy chalkboard paint to turn any wall into a handy writing surface. This is a great project for one of the walls near your home office, a corner of your kitchen, or a nook in your kids’ room. Let your children unleash their creativity on your wall without worrying about a laborious clean up afterward.
Spruce up your cabinets
Give the cabinets around your home a makeover by repainting them. First, dismantle and clean the cabinet doors and drawers that you want to beautify. Repair any holes, gouges, and dents that you’ll see. Sand and clean the surface, then apply a primer before applying your chosen paint.
Repainting your cabinetry is a great way to dramatically change your space’s looks without spending on a remodel. For an easy-to-clean and moisture-resistant finish, invest in satin or semi-gloss paint. Don’t want to change the color scheme of your cabinets? Consider re-staining them, bringing in indoor plants, or beautifying them with whatever décor you have stored in your attic or basement.
Cut down your water consumption
Replace your current fixtures with low-flow ones to diminish your water waste. Not only will they help you save money amid the COVID-19 crisis, but they’ll also make your property appealing to buyers, in case you want to sell it in the future. You’ll also be giving back to the environment.
Organize your garage
Got a cluttered, hard-to-navigate garage? Now is the time to bring back order to its space. First, sort through your belongings and decide what to keep, sell, donate, and discard. Place the equipment, supplies, and items that you want to keep on shelves or bins. Organize them according to their purpose.
Not only are these DIY home improvement projects easy to implement, but they can also improve your perception of the living, and office space. If you have to be home anyway, get started today, and see how much you can transform the look and feel of your home.