7 Simple Home Updates You Can Make This Winter

Winter is the perfect time to update the interior of your home. That’s because all the outdoor chores like cutting grass, trimming hedges, and gardening don’t need to be done—giving you the opportunity to turn your attention indoors. So, the next time you’re snowed in, try one (or two!) of these seven simple updates to your home:

The Kitchen:

  • Install a backsplash. If you’ve been thinking about updating your kitchen, a backsplash is a great way to add impact without spending a lot of money. You’ll need a few specific tools and materials to complete this project, so be sure you have everything you need before you get started. (Check out our article on installing backsplash for instructions and a list of materials.)

  • Add organization. Have you been meaning to corral the pots, pans, and dishes that seem to have taken over your kitchen cabinets? A snowy day is the perfect time to get organized. First, you’ll want to remove everything from your cabinets (yes, everything!). Next, think about each item’s function and how often you use it. Try to store it as close as possible to the place it’s used (for example, store the cookie sheets near the oven). For the gadgets and dishes that don’t get as much love—store them in upper cabinets to make room for more frequently used items.

  • Update hardware. Installing new cabinet pulls and knobs are probably two of the easiest things you can do in terms of updating your kitchen. Most likely you’ll just need a screwdriver, screws, and new hardware to complete this project. Pretty simple, right?!

The Bathroom

  • Replace the bathroom vanity. If your bathroom vanity is outdated or doesn’t fit your family’s needs anymore, installing a new one can make a huge difference. The most important step in installing a vanity is shutting off the water and disconnecting water supply lines before you start working. After that, you’ll need to remove the existing vanity and then attach the new one securely to the wall studs. It’s a good idea to have an extra set of hands to help!

  • Update your showerhead. Say bye-bye to bad water pressure with a new showerhead! Home experts recommend updating your shower head every five years or so, especially if your old one doesn’t meet new water conservation standards. New government standards require all showerheads to meet a flow rate of 2.5 gallons per minute or less. Look for showerheads with an even lower flow rate to save even more on your water bill!

More Updates:

  • Add a fresh coat of paint. A new coat of paint can completely makeover a room. Chase away the winter blues with an inviting, yet cozy green or a soft yellow. Don’t forget to prime the walls before you start painting!

  • Update light fixtures. New light fixtures can really change a room, especially if the old ones didn’t do their job very well. Just be sure to switch off the power to the room before handling any wires.