PhotoStuck inside during a chilly winter weekend? Instead of allowing cabin fever to slowly set in, why not make the most of your time by completing a DIY project or two?

Weekends when you can’t go outside are the perfect opportunity to spend some time embracing and improving your indoor space. But figuring out which potential home projects are hiding in plain sight isn’t always easy.

Fortunately, HouseLogic, the resource website for homeowners from Realtor.com, has some ideas on how homeowners can improve their indoor spaces when it’s too cold to go outside. Most of HouseLogic’s ideas can be done in a weekend.

Quick and easy projects  

Here are a few ways homeowners can spruce up their home's interior when frigid temperatures make staying in necessary:

  • Personalize your new house. If you own a newly built home, it may look quite similar to your neighbor’s. Help your cookie-cutter home stand out by completing a simple project such as painting the front door or ceiling blades or upsizing your cabinets.
  • Add shelves. Few people have ever wished they had less storage space in their home, but not all storage solutions are easy on the eyes. Wall shelves, however, create additional storage while adding architectural interest to a home. Shelves can also fit into unexpected spots, such as over the bathroom door or in between your walls’ studs.
  • Hide eyesores. Dingy floors, ugly appliances, and clunky air conditioning units are among the features that most homeowners would prefer not to look at every day. You can hide or disguise these eyesores with tips such as concealing a breaker box with a framed picture or painting a pattern on plain vinyl flooring.
  • Fix quirks. If your home sweet home has a few quirks, such as a flickering light or strange noise emanating from your wall, take some time to fix the issues. To stop creaking floors, HouseLogic recommends dusting talcum powder in between the seams of floorboards. For a toilet tank that refills all on its own, try untangling or loosening the chain or bending the tube connected to the float ball.

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