No matter what our personal situations, we are all learning techniques and strategies to navigate through these unusual times. We are learning to have fun and find joy in simple things, and that we can empower ourselves by making the most of what we have. That can mean thinking creatively and getting involved with everyday projects to enhance and care for our home and garden.
When your home shines from the outside it sends a welcome mat to the world. The common expression is “curb appeal.” Whether you are thinking about selling or not, the visual presence of your exterior and landscape has a dramatic impact on the perceived value of your home. Some of the most important actions you can take are staying on top of simple maintenance. Small, relatively inexpensive repairs can prevent more complex and costly problems down the road, and possibly avert concealed damage.
Late summer is a great opportunity to do a little planning. With a strategy, projects can be accomplished much more easily and economically. For any specific project you may be thinking about, there is so much information available it may be a bit confusing. Whether your project is large or small,
make the research and planning fun by perusing the bookstore, catalogues, and online resources for ideas and inspiration. Start an idea file for information, photos, stories, and techniques. It is often just as important to discover what you don’t as what you do. Sorting through preferences can help to define your taste and style.
Home improvement networks and projects are great for kicking up a brainstorm. However, keep in mind it is television after all, and some projects are built for drama and show. They aren’t necessarily applicable, long-lived, or realistic for your particular home. Many are not as great as portrayed, and have inherent design and functionality flaws.
Get inspired, and create a plan to make your home the best it can be. Nothing happens without a plan!
See my next post- “Home Is Where The Heart Is,” part 2 for exterior painting tips.
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