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Work on your home this winter

January 8, 2010

THE OHIO Valley has been held a virtual prisoner by Mother Nature and her antics this past week and while many may be going stir crazy, there are still plenty of simple home projects to do before spring arrives!

According to the folks at, small projects done in the dead of winter can have a big impact on your home.

Some things they suggest:

Install a Garage Cabinet

If your garage is like most garages around the universe, it's full of clutter and disorganization. Spend a day finding a place for everything. Invest in a good garage cabinet (around $200-300) that will enable you to organize tools, hardware and other garage items neatly. This will help keep clutter out of sight and allow everyone in the home to find everything when needed. Another inexpensive way to declutter a garage is by installing large wall hooks, which help get bikes, lawn implements and other items off the ground and onto the walls. Maybe you'll even be able to park your car in the garage again when you're done!

Remodel a Bathroom

Focusing on a small room enables homeowners to feel a sense of accomplishment when a project is complete. A bathroom is perfect for a small winter home improvement project. Whether replacing a tub, sink and/or toilet or simply choosing new area rugs, towels and other bathroom accessories, the area of the room is small, making it a perfect room to start and finish on a cold winter weekend. Even small decorative changes to a bathroom can make a big difference- consider a new wall picture, trash can or wall shelf.

Love Your Laundry Room

Homeowners often spend more time in the laundry room than in other rooms of the house, yet it's usually the most neglected room in terms of home improvement. Make your laundry room into a restful spot by organizing non-seasonal clothing into labeled storage bins, adding a candle or picture, or installing a comfortable chair with favorite reading materials where one can relax while waiting for the next load of laundry to finish. Adding wall hooks, inexpensive wire shelving and other storage container units can make the room seem like a whole new place.

Kids Room Pick-Me-Up

Children have a tendency to acquire some new belongings over the holidays. It would be easy for a home to be overrun by new clothes, new toys, new shoes, etc. So winter is perfect for a redo of your children's play area. Box up unused items for the yard sale in the spring, donation to a local charity, or storage in the attic or cellar. Organize incoming new toys and place treasured and often-used items into easy-to-reach areas for kids.

Since winter is a time for staying inside, indoor home improvement projects are a great way to pass the time while increasing the value of your home. And, spring is only 71 days away!



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