31 days of Loving Where You Live: Day 5, Quick Fixes

by leanneja on October 4, 2012 · 6 comments

in 31 Days Series

Welcome to day 5 of 31 days of Loving Where You Live

Do you have things in your home that need to be fixed, cleaned or checked? Yeah, me too! Those things are always on my mind even when I don’t realize it. I might be cooking dinner to look up and see my blinds that have needed to be fixed for weeks. Why haven’t I done that already? Set a time limit to small repairs and get them done so they’re not hanging over your head. It’s hard to feel comfortable in your space when something needs your attention.

Here are some suggestions on where to start:

Patch small holes in your walls. You don’t even need to sand once they’re filled. Take a damp rag and gently wipe the patch and surrounding area. Good as new!

Clean your windows. Oh my gosh, you won’t believe what a difference clean windows can make. I’m washing mine this weekend.

Take the squeak out of your doors. If you have sewing machine oil you can use that or even vaseline or cooking spray to take the squeak out for a few weeks. For a longer fix you’ll need to visit the hardware store.

Change the filters. Mark on your calendar or put it in your phone to change your furnace filter every month. It will save you money and keep your house cleaner.

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Mark on your calendar to do this every 6 months and you’re set.

Change the light bulbs. Keep extra light bulbs on hand to change as soon as one goes out.

I fixed my blinds. This is what they used to look like when they were pulled up. Some of the little rings on the back of the blinds had become unattached.

I simply used embroidery floss (because it’s heavier than thread and what I had on hand) to stitch the rings back on in the proper place. This is what it looks like pulled up now. Whew, glad I don’t have to think about that anymore.

Take a Saturday and get all your little projects done in one day or do one a day until you’ve completed everything on your list. I promise you’ll feel relaxed and appreciate your space more.

See you tomorrow for the next post in the series 31 day of Loving Where You Live: Change the Look

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Hilda @ From Overwhelmed To Organized October 5, 2012 at 8:03 am

Great tip Leanne! I’m great at listing these kinds of things but then they tend to get pushed down the list because they’re not as “urgent” as other tasks. The mental/emotional energy wasted thinking about these things (even subconsciously) really adds up though and often it’s better to “just do it” as soon as I see it. Loving this series!

Emily October 5, 2012 at 8:17 am

It really is the little things that make a big difference. Window washing is definitely on my to-do list.

Aly Brooks October 5, 2012 at 10:14 am

You always do amazing things! I love this. Little things make a big difference!

Whitney Ulrich @ A mommy's life with a touch of yellow October 5, 2012 at 11:06 am

Love these tips I have some squeaky doors that need some fixing they drive me crazy especially when i am trying to be quiet when the kids are sleeping. Thanks

Gina October 5, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I can do most of the things on your list! I tell you though, one thing I would like to do is switch out the blinds. The paint is chipping and every time you move them, there are paint chips all over the floor… Thoughts on that one? We rent… so we don’t have too much say in the process.

Nova Aida October 5, 2012 at 4:31 pm

I’m your fan. Thanks for the tips. You inspire me to organize and decorate. Great job, as always. Cheers from the world down under

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