Five Quick Fixes for the Winter Blues

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Five quick fixes for the winter blues…. I don’t know about you, but I am a “sun” person. Don’t get me wrong, I like winter, I think fresh fallen snow is beautiful, but after a while, even the most spectacular icicle formations get old. After spending so much time indoors your rooms may start closing in on you. Here are five quick and inexpensive fixes for those winter blues:

Clean - No matter how beautiful your space may be it'll never look good if it's messy. Spending a day giving your home a thorough cleaning is one of the quickest ways to give it a “lift”. Even if you have a cleaning service, let’s admit it, no one cleans your house like you do. Get the family involved…if they’re old enough (anyone over 4’ tall can run a vacuum) enlist your kids on the next snow day.

Declutter – Go through the house and get rid of the clutter. Go through your closets and cabinets and get rid of the items you no longer use. Remember, your trash is someone else’s treasure, so call your favorite charity and schedule a pick-up, then box up things you’re discarding and organize what’s left.

Paint – This one of the least expensive and most effective ways to transform a room. If you don’t want to tackle the whole space, consider an accent wall. You can paint furniture too for a pop of fresh color. And, don't forget to paint interior doors and trim to get rid of scuff marks and add a crisp, clean look.

Change out accessories – I like to do seasonal updates. I have bins for spring/summer, fall, holiday and winter décor. Every three months or so, I spend about an hour changing out the décor on top of my kitchen cabinets, my hutch, and my mantle. I also change out all the floral displays. Don’t have bins full of stuff? Set a budget and do a quick run through Home Goods or Pier One and see what speaks to you (I love their commercial). Little details to your space can really lift your spirits.

Assess your window treatments – Being a window fashion expert, this is a big one for me. Shades, blinds, draperies, valances are usually overlooked and collect dust. Vacuum what you can and hire a service to do a professional cleaning. If you layer your window treatments, consider taking the drapes down for the spring and summer months. Just like seasonal accessorizing, it will give your space a whole new look. And don’t forget, replacing old or broken blinds and outdated window coverings can instantly spruce up a room.