Home Upgrades You Can Do While You’re in Lockdown


When you’re stuck at home, it’s easy to fall into the cycle of streaming Netflix shows, eating junk food, and browsing social media. But after a couple of days of this, you begin to look for something else to do, something more productive – anything.

Remember that old renovation project you never had the time for? Guess what – now you do. This is the perfect opportunity for you to make home improvements and burn some hours in the process.

Here are six simple projects you can set into motion to improve your home. By the end of the quarantine, you’ll have a great-looking house, and a sense of accomplishment.

Make Repairs

Okay, so this may not be a new project, but it does belong to home improvement. Besides, before taking on new tasks, why don’t you first focus on making sure everything everywhere is as it should be.

Replace that leaky faucet or those dead lightbulbs. Grease that creaky door hinge that’s been annoying you for months. For bigger or more dangerous ticket items, it may be better to have professionals fix it for you. Faulty wires, for example, need professional attention. Repairs to your garage door need to be outsourced too.

Organize and Reorganize

Not quite with additional home improvement yet, but reorganization is an important part of determining which areas you should target your future projects.

By simply rearranging the furniture, you’ll be surprised by how much different a room can feel. Take it to the next level and gather all the unnecessary things you’ve been keeping and prepare them for a yard sale. You may not be able to sell them yet, but at least you’ll have cleared some space – space you need for your next projects.


Repainting takes so much time, which is perfect for you now. Grab some materials on your next store run or have them delivered. Companies like TommyRun and ToolBX still operate and can get you what you need quickly.

Paint your room, your walls, your fences, your ceiling, anything. This is a surefire way to give your home a makeover while you kill time.

Replace Knobs and Handles

door knob repair

Some of your knobs are probably as old as your house – and it definitely shows. It’s time to replace those handles with new ones. You can keep the current design or opt for something entirely different. Word of advice though, it’ll be nice if they all looked the same.

Add Wall Shelves

This isn’t exactly a difficult task, but it’s not entirely easy too. It will involve a lot of planning, particularly measuring. Family Handyman published a helpful article discussing steps to mount wall shelves. Adding shelves makes your home more space-efficient, especially if you have a lot of stuff just hanging around. Plus, you can finally put up your toy collection.

Replace Your Lightbulbs

According to the Department of Energy, incandescent lighting is the most common but least energy-efficient option for American homes. By replacing these lightbulbs with LED ones, your lighting can use at least 75 percent less electricity. It will also last you 25 times longer than the average incandescent counterpart. You’ll definitely feel this change when your next power bill comes.

With these simple mini-projects, you should see real improvements to your home. If you want longer and bigger projects, stay tuned for the next blog.

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