By Lucille Rosetti of thebereaved.org and Alexia Ford of Passion Organizing
After nearly two years of life under COVID-19, many of us are experiencing worsened symptoms of stress and anxiety — and our personal environments could be partly to blame. After all, we’re spending most of our waking time at home — and a cluttered, dirty, or aesthetically displeasing living space could induce negative emotions such as sadness or depression.
Fortunately, reviving your home environment is easier than you may think. Passion Organizing shares three tips below to help you revive your home for improved health and happiness as the pandemic continues on.
Organize and Declutter Your Home
Not only is excess clutter mentally exhausting and overwhelming, but it may lead to personal injury if a cluttered living space is preventing you and your other household members from getting around your home. Excess clutter also causes dust and mold to accumulate, polluting the air and even damaging your home and personal belongings. Moreover, a cluttered, disorganized home decreases productivity, increases stress levels, and worsens working memory.
Whether you’re working from home or heading into the office each day, the benefits of organizing and decluttering your living and working environments are vast. An organized home (and workspace), means less stress, increased productivity, and saved time and money. Enlist the services of a professional organizer such as Passion Organizing to get help with things such as decluttering, organizing, and cleaning your living space — and other tasks such as shopping, furniture assembly, and general home maintenance.
Add or Update a Fireplace
Homeowners and homebuyers love fireplaces for a number of reasons. For one, they’re an affordable source of home heating — and they can even help to increase the value of your property. Secondly, fireplaces enhance the look and feel of a living space — oftentimes serving as a focal point for living rooms and master bedrooms. As such, adding a fireplace could be a great way to revive your home and increase its appraisal value — or you could give an existing fireplace a well-deserved makeover.
Before making any major updates to your living space, however, it’s important to consider your home’s property value and how the addition of a fireplace could appeal to future buyers. Redfin recommends documenting the changes you’ve made and taking before and after photos that can be used if and when you decide to sell your home in the future.
Once you’ve installed a new fireplace or updated your existing one, you’ll need to keep your fireplace clean and safe throughout the year. Before winter, for instance, it’s best to have fireplaces and chimneys cleaned, inspected, and swept — and a professional can help you with everything from inspecting the fireplace for structural issues to removing blockages, soot, and debris. Chimney cleaning costs typically range between $100 and $300, but exact amounts will vary by service type.
If you’re wondering “where can I find chimney inspection and cleaning near me?”, Angi is a great starting point. You can search for chimney, fireplace, and masonry contractors, HVAC companies, painters, and other home improvement pros near you.
Refinish and Restore Old Furniture
In addition to cleaning and organizing your home or adding or updating a fireplace, refinishing, and restoring old furniture can help to breathe new life into your living space. Plus, since refinishing and restoring old furniture can be a DIY job, it’s much more affordable than buying new furniture — and it’s a great use of your free time.
For most furniture pieces, you’ll need nothing more than a few pieces of equipment and some time and patience to get the job done. Visit your local home improvement store to stock up on supplies or shop online at Home Depot or Lowe’s.
By now, many Americans are eager to get back to pre-pandemic life — while others are embracing the new normal and transforming their homes into a place they truly love. Nobody knows when the pandemic will officially end, and the more we can do to improve our living spaces — the happier and healthier we’ll be as we ride out the remainder of COVID-19.
Are you ready to transform your home? Contact Passion Organizing to schedule your decluttering and organizing session today! firstname.lastname@example.org; 866-539-9367