As summer comes to a close, now is the best time to get a few quick projects done around the house! We’ve all spent a lot of time at home this year and a half, so we should all strive to make our homes and personal spaces more comfortable.
However, we do not always have the time or energy for big projects around the house, so these DIY projects can be done at your own pace.
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1. Declutter your house
For the days that are just too hot outside to do anything, spend some time inside decluttering your home! Messy homes can be stressful, and you will be surprised how much you do not need anymore. Take the time to go through your closets for old coats, old makeup in the bathroom, and even the medicine cabinet for expired medications.
You can even tackle larger projects like the garage, attic, or shed. You are bound to have a bunch of clutter keeping you from using these spaces to their full potential! Thankfully you don’t have to wait for trash day either; with junk removal services, you can get your sorted clutter out of sight as early as the same day.
Decluttering also gives you an opportunity to do some good. Look through the old clothes you do not wear, toys you do not play with, and things you do not use. If some of these items are still in good shape, you can donate them to local charities and foundations that help less fortunate people. You will also reduce waste in dumps, positively affecting the environment.
2. Build a fire pit
Fire pits are a great addition to your backyard space and versatile for those warm summer nights and chilly autumn ones too! If you are on a budget, do not worry; most DIY options for fire pits cost less than $100. Fire pits can be made from various materials, like extra pavers from your patio, brick, or concrete blocks.
This type is very easy for even the most beginner DIY-er. Take the time to see which style and material work best for your space before jumping in. We recommend you check out a few videos online, and you will see that they are relatively easy to do and highly worth it.
3. Do some yard landscaping
If you haven’t already, you’re probably going to be spending a decent amount of time outside. Take the time to prune any dead plants or shrubs while replacing them with something new. Clean up or lay a new path to your porch or backyard. Stone pavers or stepping stones can be easily installed to create definition and look great if done right.
Don’t be afraid to set up some new plants too! Evergreen trees should be planted in late summer or early fall, so the roots have time to set before winter. Dahlias, Asters, and Goldenrod are all great late-summer plants to help your garden and landscaping from looking dead and drab.
4. Do some repainting
Another indoor DIY activity is to spruce up your walls and cabinets with paint. Accent walls can completely revamp a room with a splash of color or a classy design. Paint and wallpaper can go a long way to revitalizing your interior spaces as you prepare to spend more time inside. For the outside, repainting the front door can bring a lot to your curb appeal as well.
Also, repainting your kitchen cabinets can completely change how your kitchen looks without the expensive cost of renovating it. Repainting works great on older cabinets or just some that look outdated. With a bit of paint and some new handles or knobs, you can expect to have a completely different-looking kitchen.
5. Spruce up the backyard
There are dozens of different projects you can undertake for your backyard. The backyard should be a comfortable and lively space for your summer nights and backyard parties. Simple additions like landscaping and string lights can go a long way, but is there anything more substantial?
Privacy fences have become more popular to close off backyard areas from your neighbors. They are very simple additions since they are just two posts with some horizontal pieces of wood, but they can be customized to bring some style and comfort to your backyard. You can set some colorful planters with herbs or plants on the wall in addition to some string lights to bring a bright and vibrant look to a seating area.
There are so many different DIY ways to spruce up your home this summer, so we recommend taking the time to see what could best improve your home life. You’ll thank yourself for the time you put into your home when you get to use the new firepit, admire the newly painted kitchen, or when showing off your new landscaping.
About the Author
Jennifer Bell is a freelance writer, blogger, dog-enthusiast, and avid beachgoer operating out of Southern New Jersey.