If you have been living in your permanent or even semi-permanent home for more than a year, it can be refreshing and healthy to give it a new look. While it is easy to hang a new picture or bring in some flowers, there are other tasks you can complete to improve your home’s aesthetics. While art and other personal memorabilia are important, maintenance of our physical homes is often overlooked, most often because people consider this activity to require more time and dedication that other home updates. There are simple things that we can do to help make the places we live in feel more alive, and they can be completed in just one day.

  1. hardwood-shineBring back your floor’s shine. Your home’s tile and wooden floors take a lot of damage throughout the year as you travel in, out, and through your home. Taking a few hours to mop and shine your floors can go a long way in the overall look of your home. Before beginning, be sure that you have the proper cleaning product for the surface. This is a great way to refresh your floors and revitalize the look and feel of your home.
  2. Replace electrical outlet boxes. If you own an older home, this is an extremely easy way to not only improve your home systems electricity efficiency, but to make it safer as well. You may notice that a plug no longer fits snug in a certain outlet, which is a strong indication that it may be time to look into new electrical outlet boxes. Be sure to shut off the power in the electrical area of your home before starting this easy and empowering job. Take the time to evaluate all of your home’s electrical supplies, components and parts to ensure safety for you and your family.
  3. simple home updatesOrganize around your home. If you are constantly picking up papers, clothes or knick-knacks from around the first floor of your home, you may want to consider consolidating it to one spot. Doing this is as easy as finding a shelf, new or used, that can be used to store a variety of everyday items. A convenient place to put these items, like keys, bills or mail, is right by the exterior door that you use the most. Have fun with this update – it doesn’t have to be a shelf. You can use cabinets in the mud room or a small desk in the office to store these everyday items. The more creative you are with this project, the more likely you are to use the space on a regular basis.
  4. Liven up your home’s entrance with exterior lighting. The outside of your home is the first part that your guests see. Making a good first impression can go a long way, and is simple enough to do! Transform your home’s run-of –the-mill gateway by putting an inviting light by your door. You can do so with an inexpensive but stylish fixture that, once installed, should be relatively low maintenance. Don’t hesitate with this one, go for it!

These projects will help you feel like a true homeowner and bring back that newly-moved-in feeling. The best part is that these tasks are simple enough to complete on a rainy day stuck indoors, or as a quick weeknight project!