With the holidays upon us momentarily and the summer weather in full swing it’s time to make the most of the extra time off by getting some projects sorted at home … oh yes … DIY projects!
Alrighty so I’m no Tim the Toolman (kudos to those who remember that show!) but I do love to get crafty and tackle projects at home (my dad works at a hardware store after all). But more than all that, I love the smug satisfaction of ticking something off of my ‘to-do’ list, especially if it’s something I can sit back and admire once completed.
So with imminent smug satisfaction on my holiday horizon I give you 3 things you could do over a long weekend:
Now I’m not saying paint a masterpiece I mean paint the interior or exterior of your home, or at the very least a wall! Summer is a great time to paint because surfaces dry pretty fast and with the weather so agreeable you can ventilate fairly easily without having to worry about rain *knock on wood*. I give you exhibit A below – that’s me up some scaffolding helping dad paint the outside of the house and yes – we did it in a weekend … but I confess – what made it doable in a weekend was the preparation we put in beforehand.
Style your bookshelf
Now this needn’t take a whole weekend, this can take a couple of hours of an afternoon but if like me you’re very particular about what you display then a weekend it is! Why a weekend you ask? Well I like to dedicate half a day to op-shopping or thrifting. I love quirky objects and antique looking books adorning my shelf, so if you’ve time spare to go treasure hunting I highly recommend it. You could have a Vogue-esque shelf in a weekend no sweat.
My best tips for styling your bookshelf are:
- De-clutter (if there’s junk, bin it!)
- Remove the jackets off of books if you can
- Colour code the spines of your books for a cool visual effect
- Stack some books laying flat and place cool objects on top (I’m thinking trinkets etc)
- Consider some bookshelf specific lighting to highlight objects and curiosities like this
- Look to hanging art off of the shelves. Yes it sounds crazy but it looks awesome!
Tame your linen closet
Now’s the time to clear out your linen closet or hallway cupboard. I don’t know about you but I had\ more towels than I needed and bedding I hated that for some unknown reason I was holding onto. I decided it was time to stop whining about being short on space when clearly I had a heap of space beckoning to be cleared in this closet alone! Now if this sounds like you, then taming your linen closet or hallway cupboard is an absolute must.
My recommend tips for clearing this space:
- Limit the number of bath towels/face cloths to 4 per person
- Limit the number of beach towels you have down to 2 per person
- Hand towels you can have 6 total (or 4 per bathroom if you have several rooms)
- Get a storage bin to dump extra/spare toiletries you may buy in bulk
- Get a storage bin specifically for toilet paper (trust me – you’ll thank me later)
- Sort your linen into matching set piles (donate the linen you don’t like or don’t use)
- Sort your linen into winter and summer and shelve accordingly
- Donate blankets or throws you haven’t used in more than a year (if you recently bought new ones then why the heck are you holding onto the old ones?)
- Place a dehumidifier on bottom shelf, up the back, it will help to reduce mold or mildew
- Buy a fragrance diffuser (fresh cotton is good!) place it in the top shelf of your linen cupboard to keep the contents smelling fresh
- Be ruthless (if you honestly can’t remember when you used it last bin/donate it)
Are you tackling a home project these holidays? Would love to see what challenges you’re undertaking at home – share a before and after photo in the comments!
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