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How to Stay Productive with DIY Home Improvement Projects

Going stir-crazy as we emerge from the pandemic? You’re not alone. After all, there are only so many movies you can watch and TV shows you can binge. What’s more, spending hours glued to a screen doesn’t really do your sense of well-being any favors.

So, what’s the solution to this problem? Well, you could always take a walk around your home to look for things that need to be fixed or improved. Then, you can use these tips presented by Thomas Halstead Designs to make tackling those DIY home maintenance and repair tasks feel more relaxing than stressful.

Deciding Which DIY Projects to Tackle

Now that we have your attention, let’s talk about a few DIY home improvement tasks you may want to focus on while self-isolating. Because these times are already so stressful, you may prefer to stick with projects that require minimal supplies and effort. Some examples of things you can do to improve your home and pass the time include sprucing up your front yard and gardens or even turning some extra space into a new home office.

If you have a spare bedroom, creating a dedicated workspace can be a simple project that will take your mind off of things and give you a productive area to focus on while you are working on remote assignments — it’s a win-win situation.

No spare room in your home? No worries! You can even turn a spare closet into a functional and stylish home office. All you need to do is remove any clutter, create an organizational system, and snag some pieces of wood and a few brackets to give yourself a tiny home office that packs some serious potential for getting things done while you’re at home. If you want to take it one step further, dress up the walls! Instead of painting, peel and stick wallpaper is easy to use and adjust as needed. Plus, you can choose from an array of incredible designs.

Aim for Future Benefits

If you’re up for more involved projects and you plan on selling your home at some point down the road, you could also think about making changes to your kitchen or repairs to your bathroom. Those two rooms are keys to attracting buyers, so focusing attention on them can really pay off. For example, adding new cabinets can be a boon to your time in self-isolation, providing the organization, inspiration, and space you need for tantalizing culinary and beverage explorations. What’s more, cabinets can be an eye-catching addition to house hunters.

Getting the Supplies and Tools Needed for DIY Updates

Once you decide which DIY projects you’ll do, start laying out your plans and gathering supplies. You may be unable to shop in person for those items you don’t have on hand, but USA Today points out you can always schedule an in-store or curbside pickup for any project supplies you may need to stay busy and productive.

If you plan to visit local hardware stores or any other open retailer to pick up supplies for home maintenance and improvement, you should also take extra precautions to keep both yourself and others protected. Practice social distancing in stores by keeping at least six feet away from workers and other customers, and wear a face-covering whenever you’re in public. Even if restrictions have been lifted, it’s a good idea to stay safe.

Leaving Enough Time for Relaxation, Rest, and Self-Care

Staying busy with DIY home projects is a great way to pass the time while you are self-isolating. Staying busy can keep you from worrying too much about what may be going on in the world around you and spending time on creative projects has been shown to reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.

Even though these projects provide benefits, Harvard Health Publishing notes it’s still important to reserve some time in your daily routine for a little self-care and rest. Self-care is critical right now, so take some time for naps, meditation, or any other activity that helps you feel calm. In fact, you can even tackle some DIY improvement projects that will make getting that regular self-care a little easier, like creating your own meditation space for some serious relaxation. You can complete the look with cozy blankets, handmade items, and even a soothing candle.

Staying productive as we transition out of the pandemic is going to be taxing. But instead of staying glued to Netflix, find new and interesting projects instead. You’ll be able to give your house some welcome updates, and you’ll stay busy. Good luck!

Want to refresh your home with a professional touch? Thomas Halstead Designs can help you bring your style to life. Call 614-758-9701 now to chat about your ideas.

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