Every year the Easter long weekend comes and goes, and you spend the Tuesday at work wishing you had gotten more down. Sound familiar? If this year you’re determined to spend your extra days at home getting stuff done around the house but not quite sure where to start, read on for eight achievable projects to sink your teeth into – after you finish your chocolate of course.
1. Floating shelves
Need more storage in your life? Floating shelves might be the chic solution your home needs. Perfect for any room in the house, they’ll give you more storage without taking up more space. Win, win.
You can pick them up mostly any good hardware store (or opt to have them delivered) and install using a drill and some brackets. Not too handy on the tools? You can always get yourself a handyman instead.
2. A fresh coat of paint
As we mark the end of summer and the start of the winter season, it’s the perfect time to think about giving your home a refresh. Nothing makes your home feel shiny and new like a fresh coat of paint.
Get organized early and you might even have the second half of the weekend to relax and enjoy your handiwork. Rather spend your weekend watching Tiger King? You can always hire someone else to do it.
3. A big cleanout
If you’re starting to feel guilty about overindulging in all that delicious food – spend some time doing a Marie Kondo. Dedicate a day to cleaning your home out, starting with your wardrobe. You’ll be amazed at how accomplished you’ll feel – and what forgotten gems you might discover in time for the new season.
Whatever you’re ready to part with can always be donated to charity collection bins – or you could try selling it online for some extra pocket money.
4. Change your smoke alarm battery
Here’s a simple one that we put off way too often. Earlier this month was ‘Change your Smoke Alarm Battery Day’ – and this Easter long weekend we suggest taking the opportunity to check all alarms in the house.
Not only is this important for yours and your family’s safety, but if you’re in NSW – the residential tenancy laws are changing, making annual checks legal.
5. Prepare your garden for winter
Just because summer is coming to an end, doesn’t mean you can forget about your outdoor spaces. This long weekend, get your garden winter-ready! Think about clearing out dead plants, clearing any fallen leaves, giving the grass a good rake and applying a top dressing.
Not to mention your regular garden maintenance – mowing and hedging. Not excited by the prospect of doing it during winter? You can always hire yourself a gardener.
6. Start a compost
In recent years Australians have become more aware of their impact on the environment, and what they as individuals can do. Why not make 2020 the year you start a home compost?
It’s simple to start, even if you’re living in an apartment and can help drastically reduce your contribution to landfill.
7. Make a good first impression
One area of the home that can often get forgotten is your entry. When was the last time you gave your home’s first impression any love? During your time off, spend a bit of time making your entrance more inviting by giving the front door a fresh lick of paint, a new doorknob, pot plant or welcome mat.
While you’re there, be sure to give the windows, driveway and paving a good clean, trim any hedges that might be getting a bit unruly and install some outdoor lighting.
8. Update your kitchen hardware
Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference. Update your factory standard kitchen cabinets to some handles that suit your decor and personality. You can usually pick these up online – or from any hardware store.
To make the switch, you’ll just need a screwdriver at the back – simple.
If you tried any of these or any other long weekend projects, we’d love to see them! Share them with us on Instagram.