If you're a homeowner as I am, you probably have a pretty
good idea of what projects need to be done before the onset of winter,
especially if you live in a very cold climate. There's always more than
enough things to do, such as putting up storm windows, exterior painting,
weatherproofing, turning off the irrigation system, looking for better
drainage and so forth.
So as not to make life too tedious, here are some simple
interior ideas that can make the long cold months and the thaw of spring more
pleasant. Make your home a more rewarding environment by improving the
appearance inside as well as outside. The goal is to wind up with a
comfortable haven for those cold days still to come, icy nights and brisk
Here are some fix-it ideas that you can do very easily:
1. Organizational Tasks: Gain more efficiency in your home by reorganizing and
removing clutter from closets, drawers and cabinets. Start with your kitchen
pantry (yuck). Buy clear storage containers and put labels on to rid the
pantry of half-filled boxes or bags of snacks, grains and such.
2. Get yourself a label machine. They are easy to use and you
can print with large letters for easy readability. The older I get the more I
think about readability issues. You can find good label machines at any
office supply store.
3. Look for ways to create triangular lighting for every room
in your home. Lamps don't always have to go on tables. Consider a free
standing floor lamp. Place it behind a lounge chair and turn the area into a
good place to read. Solar lights placed in strategic places outdoors add a
great ambiance to your front and back yard which only enhances the mood when
you throw a party outdoors. It's great for that curb appeal too.
4. By placing lights in a triangular placement around a room,
you will balance out the lighting and eliminate most dark corners or spots.
5. When hanging artwork, look for ways to alternate walls. In
other words, if you have art on one wall, leave the next wall alone. Don't
turn the room into a museum arrangement with art on every wall. Too
much of a good thing is simply "too much".
alternating surfaces as well. Don't feel the need to cover every surface. The
eye needs a place to rest within the room as well as on the walls.
Grouping "like kinds" together helps to eliminate clutter and each
piece becomes more important with grouped with other pieces of a similar
color or surface. For instance, group glassware together. Group metal
together. Group wood together. Don't group glassware, metal and wood together
in one grouping. Most of the time odd numbers in a grouping work
7. Start adding in those scented candles to enhance the mood
of a room. Consider hiding some scented air fresheners. Many have a built in
night light that turns itself off in the daytime.
8. When you want to anchor a furniture arrangement, separate
two sections of a room or simply add more color or pattern, the area rug is
the perfect solution. Area rugs can be used successfully on hardwood floors,
tile floors and even on wall to wall carpeting. Use a pad to eliminate
shifting. You can buy padding that is suitable for the type of flooring under
the area rug.