“I’m bored” is a phrase that I have found myself uttering periodically to myself over the past 19 days as, until now, I had thought that I’d done everything under the sun to keep occupied during this unusual time: I video chatted to my heart’s content. I played hide and seek with my dog more times than I care to admit. I considered trying to achieve Tik Tok stardom. I rewatched all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. I (tragically) gave myself a manicure and (even more tragic) pedicure. I taught myself four guitar chords. Essentially, I have successfully accomplished everything I can to avoid doing stuff that actually should get done when I’m at home.
Many of you might be in the same boat as me, having our dear friend procrastination (or, you know, good old anxiety) come in the way of achieving greatness—in this case, looking after our homes to the best of our abilities. As much as we don’t want to admit it to ourselves, we all likely have a laundry list of tasks to check off and vision board ideas to finally manifest into reality that just can’t seem to get done.
Well, get ready, because that’s about to change. It’s high time you and I both give our respective homes the pampering they deserve and the chance to let them live their best lives—because like us, they deserve that. With the amount of time we’re spending at home, it’s all the more reason to take on some projects to improve it as much as we can. To help transform your house or apartment into a truly elegant sanctuary, here are 30 of the best home projects and DIYs you can tackle this weekend.
Long-Awaited Tasks to Check Off Your List:
1. Organize your kitchen and bathroom drawers/cabinets
I’ll be frank, this is always something I dread doing and always put off for months, when getting it done actually only takes a couple of hours (causing me to roll my eyes at myself).
For the kitchen, begin by sorting out your mail/junk drawer, and shred any papers, letters, and receipts that are not useful. Look through all other drawers to organize similar things like silverware, take-out menus, or stationary separately. For your bathroom or vanity, go through your makeup drawer and beauty cabinets to toss out anything old and expired, swatch your makeup to decide whether you want to keep something or not, and bring in some organizers to make everything nice and neat.
Some organizations to donate any beauty or hygiene products to are:
- I Support the Girls (sealed feminine hygiene products)
- Ronald McDonald House (personal care items)
- Beauty Bus (unopened makeup)
- Project Beauty Share (gently used makeup and personal care items)
- Share Your Beauty (unopened makeup, hair, and skin-care products)
2. Clean your makeup brushes
We all love to hate doing this, but now is the perfect time to give our makeup brushes a nice little beauty sesh of their own. I don’t know about you, but I personally haven’t spent a single day in the past two weeks laying a finger on even one makeup brush (and likely won’t be reaching for one anytime soon), so really, I have no excuse to not sanitize them ASAP. These fellas hold a ton of bacteria and buildup, which can often cause our skin to do less-than-ideal things. So if you haven’t made it a habit to clean your brushes regularly, now’s the best time to start.
3. Deep clean your bathroom and kitchen
It’s been engrained in our minds how important it is these days to keep sanitizing and disinfecting our homes, but you should definitely take the time to move beyond that and dive in deeper. Get into all those spots you’ve been pretending are fine (but are really Ross Geller’s version of “fine”), and scrub down your shower, tub, bathroom and kitchen sinks, drains, toilets, cabinets, and kitchen appliances. Toss those bath and kitchen mats into the washer, shiny up those wood floors, and top it all off with a nice vacuuming. This will honestly double as a workout too and you’ll end your cleaning ritual with a rush of endorphins, and ultimately, the most satisfying sense of calm.
4. Clear your fridge and pantry of expired/stale foods
You might have stocked up on a ton of food lately, which might have caused your pantry and refrigerator to look like they’re overflowing. Take some time to dig through the stuff that is sitting in the back, and toss out any expired foods or opened bags/containers of food you know you won’t finish. If you have any unopened, unexpired, and non-perishable foods left that you feel can be spared for those in need, don’t hesitate to find a local food bank or organization to donate to.
5. Start an herb garden in time for the season
As spring has officially sprung, many of us are looking to get into our yearly gardening activities. For those of you who love cooking at home and are avid herb enthusiasts (myself included), this is a great time to create your own herb garden! Many grocery stores and hardware stores sell herb seeds and small plants that can quickly blossom and thrive (and you can order online too). Whether it be a good chunk of square footage in your yard, a nice section in your balcony, or even a collection of small pots on your windowsill, there are tons of ways to get fresh herbs growing in and around your home.
6. Paint that accent wall you’ve been thinking about forever
Got that wall or two in your home that you’ve been musing up ideas for? You might want to add in some accent colors, paint all your interiors a crisp neutral, or even opt for some amazing wallpaper—and now is the perfect time to do so. Many times, these tasks can be intimidating, but worry not—we have a thorough guide on how to achieve your ideal look safely and successfully.
7. Sort out your wardrobe
As Everygirls, we love our fashion. We love finding some amazing new seasonal trends to wear and capsule wardrobes to curate—but with that comes the responsibility of having to declutter and reorganize our existing collection of items. Start by going through all of the things you own and tossing them into “keep,” “donate,” and “toss” (for items have been heavily worn out) piles. Then, organize what’s left by color, function, season, or whichever way works best for you personally. For donations, some amazing organizations to send to are:
- Dress For Success (workwear)
- Career Gear (men’s workwear)
- I Support The Girls (bras)
- Project G.L.A.M. (formal dresses and unopened makeup)
- One Warm Coat (coats)
- Blue Jeans Go Green (jeans)
- Local Shelters, Goodwill, etc. (all other gently-used clothing and accessories)
8. Give your outerwear some TLC
Outerwear truly goes through some of the toughest times—from dog walks that end in enough fur flown onto me to create an entire new dog, to getting salt/snow/dirt stains all over my dark boots. Take some extra time to lay out all of your wool coats and puffers, lint roll and depill them, and freshen them up with some fabric spray. Give your shoes some love by polishing them and thoroughly scrubbing out the muddied bits.
9. Have a spa day for your dog
Got mounds of fur flying all around your home? That’s a clear sign that it’s time to give your dog a grooming. Depending on the personality of your pooch, to them, this might come as either a pampering and luxurious experience, the most mundane thing in the world, or a chance to make you their worst enemy. No matter what, your pups need a bit of a glam session at home since they might not be able to go to the groomer anytime soon. Clip their little nails, give them a subtle trim to freshen up their coat, grab some sudsy shampoo and conditioner, and top it off with a nice blow dry. They’ll be wagging their tails again in no time.
DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Home:
16. Gallery Wall
18. DIY Dutch Door
24. DIY Pom Basket
30. DIY Stair Runner