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Let’s face it! Now that you’ve had a good rest, binged watched Netflix over the Christmas holidays, and spent some quality time in your home; you’ve probably started noticing jobs around the house that are just screaming to be done.
There are so many! So, where do you start?
We’ve done a countdown of the more essential ones that you should be ticking off your to-do list in the first month of the year.
First things first, has your house recovered fully from the Christmas Season?
Have there been spills or party damage from the season? Soft furnishings in good need of a good clean? Do you need to patch up any incidental damage? Have the Christmas Holidays left your house with annoying flaws that need a simple fix?
Here’s a quick guide from Homevalue: Master The Post Christmas Clean-up With Uber Practical Tips.
You may have acquired a lot of new things at the end of Christmas, or you may be in the mood to kickstart the decluttering process before the big spring clean. Alternatively, everyone in your family is another year older and would naturally have accumulated more ‘stuff’.
Either way, we’ll all feel better equipped for the year ahead with more storage!
Decluttering aside, here are many ways to create more storage in your home, from small jobs to large ones.
The image is from 30 Genius DIY Storage Ideas Your Home Needs Now.
The war against winter begins with keeping out the cold and keeping your home as cosy as possible. But, let’s be honest; in Ireland, winter weather sticks around right up to the end of April, so you’ll probably spend the next three months trying to stay warm indoors.
This is an excellent time to start getting rid of draughts through quick fixes, a good supply of sealants and some simple add-ons to your doors and windows. You’ll be thankful later.
Here at Homevalue, we have a decent overview of all you need to do, starting with simple tips, jobs and ways to weatherproof your home with this Homevalue guide: How To Get Your Home Ready For Cold Weather.
Winter also brings an accumulation of fungus, mould and mildew indoors with all the damp weather. Time to do away with those dastardly organisms - your respiratory systems will need all the help they can get with all those bugs floating around this winter.
It will be an excellent DIY job to get out of the way early in the year before you start a proper spring clean or a new painting job.
You’ll also be thankful for good cosy lighting. A few electrical upgrades will go a long way to make the rest of the year a little easier for everyone.
Be careful when drilling through walls and handling electrical cables, especially if you feel the electrical job might be too specialised. We would always advise that you step back and call a qualified tradesperson, especially in the area of electrics, when you’re unsure of the best way to deal with your electrics.
Winter takes its toll on the garden as stormy weather, relentless rain and decay set in. However, we’ve got the perfect checklist for you when it comes to the simple landscaping and growing tasks that are time sensitive in your garden:
More devices and more remote work are the new normal in most Irish households. So do yourself a favour and ensure your home is kitted with a more efficient working space.
It could be as simple as organising the cables in your workspace and investing in the right electrical accessories or installing an extra socket where needed.
It could mean clearing a room and installing new shelves and a working bench.
Homevalue can help built you a simple checklist of hacks and solutions in our quick guide on how to: Enhance Your Work From Home Space With These Essential Steps.