Feeling a little lack-lustre about your interiors? It might be time for a re-vamp. The good news is, you don't need to be Marie Kondo or Scotty Cam to make it happen; a few small ideas can make a big difference. Give your house a fresh new feel with these simple DIY hacks.
Even the smallest kitchen can be made to feel spacious with a few clever tricks. The best way to do this: serious storage. Find a proper home for all those random bits and bobs so that you can make room for the kitchen’s most important purpose: cooking.
If you’re low on benchtop and cupboard space, use wall space for some extra shelving and try installing a ceiling rack so that you can hang your pots and utensils with simple metal hooks. Walls can also be used to install a magnetic rack for knives – which will free up drawer space, keep them sharper and keep them out of reach of the little ones.
Battling an unruly Tupperware collection? Invest in a large plastic storage crate that can fit into a cupboard space and easily slide out. Instead of combating a constantly tumbling tower of containers and lids, you’ll have everything neatly stored in one place.
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Dreaming of a trip to the day spa? Why not spruce up your bathroom for relaxing self-care rituals in soothing surrounds.
Make, buy or up-cycle a ladder and hang baskets from it that can store your bits and pieces and tidy up all those cotton buds and cotton wool balls by storing in woven baskets or simple mason jars.
Keen to add some colour? Set the mood with a new set of towels and bathmats in a cool new hue. Add to the updated décor with a new shower curtain and bring in a touch of nature with steam-friendly indoor plants, artificial greenery or a vase of fresh flowers.
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It’s easy to let the bedroom get out of hand as we're often too exhausted by the time we get in there. Clear some floor space by swapping potted floor plants for hanging greenery – just screw some hooks into the wall or ceiling and you’ll get your zen without taking up lots of room.
Get clothes off the floor by up-cycling an old chair. Sand it down and re-paint if you’re feeling adventurous or just cover with a throw rug and add a nice cushion – the perfect spot to temporarily place clothes. Pick up a nice new tray to keep toiletries and jewellery in one place and to save them from overtaking your dressing table.
Get the kids involved in decorating their space with wooden letters that spell out their name. They can paint each one and hang their name on the wall. Toys everywhere? Invest in some large wooden storage boxes which kids can decorate themselves.
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Keen to grow your own food? Now’s the time to get started. Even if you only have room for pots, you can still get a healthy herb garden happening – for instant flavour that’s only a few steps away. Salvage some old egg cartons and fill each hole with a little seed-raising mix to get your seeds of choice started – the kids will watch them grow with awe.
Composting is a great way to save food scraps and teach kids about nature while nourishing your garden the low-cost DIY way; the end result can be used as rich fertiliser to help your garden grow.
If you’re short on space outdoors, pick up an over-the-door shoe organiser and with a little love, attention and potting mix, you can transform it into an instant herb garden that can be hung in even the smallest balcony or outdoor space.
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