Every now and then, you may feel that itching need to change things at home. A few new accessories here and some rearrangements there may be all it takes for you to feel more comfortable. People will change their minds about what they like and what they don’t want, and that’s unavoidable and completely fine.
But it doesn’t always have to mean breaking the bank and buying brand-new things for you to improve your home. You also don’t have to spend a lot on labor either. You can make your home even more beautiful, and you can do it by yourself.
Repurposing Furniture and Clothes
One person’s trash may be another person’s treasure, and if you’re the type who likes vintage items, for example, classic pieces may just suit your taste. Be resourceful enough to hunt for bargain items and good deals in places like thrift stores and flea markets.
Your old clothes at home can still be of use to you even when you’ve outgrown them. Your midi skirts can be turned into children’s dresses, or they can be used as pillowcases or children’s toys.
Your furniture and other pieces of wood don’t need to be junked either. You can use wooden pallets or crates as the base of your couch. You will then need to add mattresses and upholstery to complete the couch.
Children can also use their cribs even when they’ve grown up. These cribs can be converted into tables that they can use as their study area.
Turning the Basement into a Playroom
The basement doesn’t have to be dank, dark, and dreary. You can add some life and good cheer to the basement by converting it into a playroom. Don’t forget to childproof the entire place, of course. Put rubber mats, carpets, and wall cushions, which will lessen the impact should a child bump into a wall or slip.
Add sufficient lighting to make the room bright. Paint the walls in light colors to get that aura of positivity and warmth. Seal off the basement and add insulation to avoid flooding and to control the room’s moisture and temperature.
For convenience, there should be a toilet in the basement so that kids don’t have to go to the upstairs rooms when they need to pee. Remember, though, that the basement toilet is below the drain line. In that case, gravity cannot pull down the waste, and that may result in clogs and overflowing.
To avoid these problems, install a macerating toilet, as this item has its own macerating unit. When the waste is flushed, it is sent to the macerating unit, which is found behind the toilet. High-power blades will liquefy the waste, and a normal pipe that is connected to the main sewer line will pump out the waste.
Growing Your Own Garden
Today, when people are more conscious about living a green lifestyle, growing your own garden (an organic one, to be specific) is highly encouraged. Since you won’t use chemicals, you don’t have to worry about accidentally ingesting toxic substances or harming the environment.
But don’t go off planting fields and fields of vegetables, trees, and flowers right away. Decide which kinds of plants you want, and consider too if they can adapt to the climate in your area. Aside from that, start small first (e.g., planting in window boxes or containers). Bigger gardens mean more work and using more resources, after all.
Make a compost pit, which you will use to make the soil healthy. Grass cuttings, fallen leaves, and fruit or vegetable peelings can be added to your compost pit, so you won’t need artificial fertilizers. Worm castings also make great compost material because they are rich in nutrients and minerals.
Before Anything Else
Always consider your budget when you undertake any kind of project. The point of doing things yourself is to save money, so if your project ends up becoming more trouble than it’s worth, you may as well rethink your options.
But then, even if you’re strapped on your budget, that also doesn’t mean you should be less imaginative about sprucing up your home. There are so many DIY projects out there waiting to be discovered. You only need to look at the right places.
Do you have funky ideas for DIY projects? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.