If you’re searching for activities that will make positivity a priority, spending quality time free of phone screens with your loved ones has to be at the top of the list. Cold weather puts the kibosh on family outdoor adventures, but why not consider some creative indoor ideas? DIY projects are the perfect way to get the whole family energized and excited without having to venture into the cold.
Nothing brings a breath of fresh air to a space quite like a new coat of paint. Whether you’re going for a whole new design scheme or just a strategic pop of color, a can of fresh paint will make a world of interior design difference. And the best medium for trying out new paint in the name of positivity? Your kitchen cabinets.
Round up the family and take a trip to your local paint store for some group decision making. Choosing the right paint color can make or break your project, so be sure to choose wisely. Once home, canvas tarps, insulated tarps or heavy duty tarp can be laid down to protect from spills and splatters. And be sure to sand down your cabinets and apply primer before going to town with your new hues. You most definitely don’t want a grainy, uneven texture that’s prone to peeling.
While tackling your kitchen makeover, add reorganization to the mix. A messy kitchen is a hindrance to a positive environment, so maintaining order should be a crucial project for you and your family.
- Clear out the cabinets and reorganize the contents based on similar utility. Kitchen clutter typically stems from too many dissimilar things being stored together without any rhyme or reason.
- Label makers are a life saver when it comes to organization. Print out labels that designate exact spaces for each and every item in your kitchen arsenal. This will make it impossible to place something where it doesn’t belong.
- Purge any accessories that are no longer of use to you. Recycling or donating your unwanted items cuts down on clutter in the kitchen.
Winter weather may still be bearing down on your outdoor patio covers, but that doesn’t mean your family has to steer clear of backyard DIYs. Start preparing for spring days spent in the backyard with outdoor storage projects that will coordinate perfectly with your loveseat covers and lounge chair covers.
There are countless options to choose from when it comes to DIY backyard storage, from a crate coffee table to simple storage benches all the way up to build-it-yourself sheds. Once you’ve picked the perfect project for your family to take on, it’s time to get to work. Just be sure to spread out a heavy duty tarp in your garage or workspace before you begin cutting and sawing. No one wants to have to deal with leftover sawdust and wood shavings.
Your pet is no doubt one of the biggest sources of joy in your family, so why not show them a little appreciation with a homemade gift that’s just for them? You can save some cash and a trip to the store for pet necessities with DIY projects for dogs, cats, and everything in between.
Are you handy with a sewing machine? Simple cloth toys are a cinch to stitch up, and you can even add a hidden pocket for treats or catnip. Got a woodworker in the family? A DIY dog bowl stand may be the perfect pet project for you. No matter what your homemade style is, there are plenty of projects that will keep you occupied, boost your positive energy, and give your furry friend something to bark or meow about.
Nook & Cranny
Reading is one of the most beloved ways to pass the time indoors on brisk winter days, especially when you have a cozy spot to relax in while flipping through your new favorite
novel. A reading nook is an excellent addition to any home and is surprisingly simple to bring to life.
Take some time to go through each room in your home and map out what you think the best place for a nook would be. Corners are the most common choice for DIY reading spots, but alcoves are also a popular choice. Once you’ve decided on the perfect spot, it’s time to factor in comfort. Blankets, pillows, and cushions are a must for keeping cozy indoors as the outdoor lounge covers protect from the cold. And be sure to have a proper lighting setup in your nook. The sun may bear down on your loveseat covers during the day, but sunset arrives quickly, and sufficient lighting is a must.