Winter isn’t over, but that shouldn’t stop you from setting yourself up for a great spring. If you need a little extra fuel to stay committed to your 2017 goals—and figure out how to tackle some of the projects ahead—we’re here to help. Here are some of our favorite go-to guides for project inspiration this month.
Your State’s Most Unique Home Projects
Across the U.S., bathroom remodels and hardwood floor installation are by far the most popular home improvement projects. But when Architectural Digest recently asked us what unique projects homeowners are getting done state-by-state, we discovered that climate and culture are huge factors: Texans are the most likely to install outdoor kitchens, while homeowners in Illinois and Montana are installing heated floors and New Yorkers are splitting rooms to make more space out of less.
Are you thinking about finally springing for a sauna, like residents of New Hampshire and California, or are you giving some TLC to a basement like homeowners in Utah and Colorado? You can peek at each state’s most distinctive home projects at Architectural Digest.
Commit to a Clutter-Free Spring
Professional home organizers agree that you can’t sort your stuff without saying goodbye to some things first (it’s cathartic, we promise). But when it comes to getting the remainders organized, what containers and dividers will you actually use?
Apartment Therapy’s list of products professional home organizers swear by is a good place to start. Hint: bias for see-through containers. You won’t use what you can’t see — so why you store it?
Make Housework Your Workout
If you’re already feeling guilty for slacking on the gym program you signed up for after New Year’s, don’t be discouraged — you can stay on track with simple workouts at home. Reader’s Digest recently tapped some personal trainers for their best bodyweight workout tips (including Baron Lambert, a Top Pro on Thumbtack). The key is bringing some awareness and alignment to everyday tasks like wiping down counters, folding laundry, and vacuuming.
Give Your Garden Some Love
Even if it’s not yet weather for a patio party, you should still get your garden ready for spring and summer. After protecting your plants from frost and breakage, consider some easy ways to add color and seasonal spirit to your garden. Sunset Magazine suggests adding lighting, swapping out patio pillows, and using hardy potted plants to celebrate the season. You’ll thank yourself every time you walk up the path to your door.
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