Small effort can mean big results. As I sit with my newborn I think like this all the time. I think, "If I only have 45 minutes during this next nap, what can I get done that I’ll feel good about?” or “I’m exhausted but I have chores. What is the smallest thing I can do to feel progress?” or my favorite “Hooray, I took meat out of the freezer! Dinner is practically done!” Silly maybe, but I’m guessing I am not alone there.
Making home improvements can actually be like this too. Too often people think that to make a home improvement they have to commit weeks and weeks to meetings and discussions and shopping and details. I think people worry about the thousands of dollars it will cost to replace every single window in their house or to do everything they dream about all at once. It really doesn’t have to be like that. We have lots of customers that talk to us about their dreams and then we work together to figure out what part of that dream they can accomplish first. Maybe it’s just the windows in the living room, maybe it’s the windows in the front of the house, or maybe it’s the whole first level. My point is that it doesn’t need to be a huge overwhelming process. It can short. It can be focused. And it can be inside your budget.
Not ready to replace your windows? No problem. There are a number of small home improvements you can make that will take very small effort or expense, but can make a big change in how a space looks and feels. So get ready, I’ve put together my favorite ideas!
Top 5 ways to quickly brighten up a space
- Buy a large flowering basket or plant a large pot of colorful annuals to put in front of your house for instant curb appeal.
- Replace the hardware on kitchen cabinets.
- Choose a bright lampshade to brighten up a dull space.
- Switch up the linens you use in the bathroom. A few bright hand towels and new rug will make small space seem new again!
- Keep a centerpiece on the kitchen table, the dining room table, or any surface that you see a lot. Fresh flowers, bowls of fresh fruit, or even a stack of books can make boring spaces seem completely different.