5 honey-do list ideas for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s time to show your significant other how much you care. While flowers, chocolates and other traditional gifts are nice, why not take a few hours to make improvements around the home? Not only is this something your significant other will appreciate, it will benefit both of you, and can increase the value of your home.

Landscape

Updating your landscape adds instant curb appeal to your home. If there are patchy areas in your lawn, spend a weekend replacing areas of weeds and dead grass with fresh new sod. If you’re short on time, mowing the lawn, trimming bushes and sweeping the steps costs nothing and takes less than an hour.

Kitchen

You don’t have to replace everything to make your kitchen look brand new. Give your walls, ceiling and even cabinets a DIY paint job. If you want to spend a bit more cash, replace cabinet pulls with new ones and install a backsplash. To showcase the kitchen’s new look, add a spotlight light feature. There are plenty of options at Home Depot, Target and Ikea.

If your kitchen has wood floors, you can also patch them up if they are starting to look outdated. Give them a quick update by filling in the gaps with rope. Use a painter’s tool or putty knife to scrape debris from flooring planks, then vacuum the floor to clean off the dust and debris. If you’d like, tint the rope with wood stains to match the floor and let dry. Then, force the rope into gaps between planks with your knife or painter’s tool.

Closet Space

Start your spring cleaning early and organize your closet. Start by getting rid of clothing, accessories and shoes you and your significant other no longer use (with their permission of course). Then add hanging shelf units to get extra items off the floor. Add-ons such as belt and accessory hangers, see through shoe boxes, and shower curtain rings for scarves are inexpensive and control excess clutter. If you have extra space, put small items in baskets for storage and decoration.

Garage

Garages are often the messiest part of homes, so it never hurts to give it a good clean-up. Make more room for storage by simply weeding out things you don’t need. Throw away or donate items you don’t use. Then, make a plan for your garage, just like you would for any room in the house. Take measurements and draw a floor plan to help visualize.

Once you’ve created a floorplan and weeded out junk, categorize your items. Place items you’ll use often near the door, then map out space for seasonal equipment, such as lawn mowers or snow blowers. Get large seasonal items, such as kayaks and bikes, off the floor. Hoist pulley systems are a great option for this. Lastly, make sure everything is off the floor and place items in containers to conserve space, and designate a space for hazardous materials, such as paint or fertilizers.

Bathroom Updates

You don’t have to pay big bucks for a full bathroom model to completely change the space. Replace dated wallpaper with a faux or textured finish, replace old lighting to brighten up the room, and if your faucet is leaky, repair it following this step-by-step guide.

Not only are these projects unique for Valentine’s Day, having an organized and renovated home will make you and your significant other’s lives so much easier.

 


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