Home improvement projects are more popular than ever – here’s why

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When you spend time at home, you notice all the things you want to change. And maybe you should some things upside down: did you know that a mini makeover can actually benefit your mental health? “A great way to deal with stress when life is uncertain and scary is to start a new project,” said Jennifer Hochman, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in treating anxiety disorders. “It enables us to create new goals to focus on and gives us the feeling that we will be successful after completing the tasks.”

Especially when you have a lot of time, it can revive you if you concentrate on one task. “It gives you a sense of your day,” says Dr. Hochman. “We all create new routines at home, and pursuing a project can be a healthy distraction to get your attention back to something you enjoy.”

It can also lead to a subtle change in your thinking. “It shifts your perspective of what is out of your control to what you can control,” says Dr. Hochman. “Think of it as” what I can do “instead of” what I can’t do “.”

We have developed a number of ideas that will improve your home and your mood. And they don’t cost much – they’re surprisingly budget-friendly. Scroll down to get inspiration and enjoy your expanded space.

Curb up curb appeal

Make a slim statement with new house numbers. (Photo: rejuvenation)
Make a slim statement with new house numbers. (Photo: rejuvenation)

You have heard it before: the first impression is everything. And there are so many ways to optimize the exterior of your home – and make your neighbors jealous. You can hang cool new sconces, paint the front door in a fun color, add a decorative welcome mat, and – our favorite idea – get new house numbers.

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Keep the house number finish in line with sconces or other metal pieces for a sleek, contracted look. These numbers are made of aluminum with a flat black surface and are half an inch apart so that they appear to “float” on the surface of your house.

Max from a mud room

Walnut wall hooks feel chic and rustic at the same time. (Photo: Amazon)Walnut wall hooks feel chic and rustic at the same time. (Photo: Amazon)
Walnut wall hooks feel chic and rustic at the same time. (Photo: Amazon)

Friends and family are more likely to leave their coats, shoes and hats on the door when handy hooks are available. We love these walnut versions because they are not only 59 percent cheaper at the moment, but also warm and minimalistic. And they each hold 30 pounds – not bad.

Organize your jewelry

Keep jewelry tangle-free and within reach. (Photo: anthropology)Keep jewelry tangle-free and within reach. (Photo: anthropology)
Keep jewelry tangle-free and within reach. (Photo: anthropology)

How many times have you grabbed a necklace to find that it got tangled up with your bracelets and earrings? Let your balls hang free. Now is a good time to go through your jewelry and give away everything you don’t like. So that you don’t forget what you have, install a wall-mounted jewelry organizer to keep an eye on everything. This cast brass beauty feels timeless and has five nicely distributed hooks.

Enchant a garden

Elevate your plants with these beautiful teak containers. (Photo: rejuvenation)Elevate your plants with these beautiful teak containers. (Photo: rejuvenation)
Elevate your plants with these beautiful teak containers. (Photo: rejuvenation)

There are so many fun ways to decorate a garden. You can install a bird bath for your feathered favorite friends or add a grid for ivy. And upgrading your planters gives the green a real, sophisticated home. We love the look of these teak planters. They also have a powder coated aluminum liner with drainage holes.

Hang up peel-and-stick wallpaper

Use peel-and-stick wallpaper to pump up a room with patterns. (Photo: AllModern)Use peel-and-stick wallpaper to pump up a room with patterns. (Photo: AllModern)
Use peel-and-stick wallpaper to pump up a room with patterns. (Photo: AllModern)

In the past, hanging wallpaper meant hiring an expensive installer. No longer. Peel-and-stick designs have improved a lot – you wouldn’t even know they weren’t right. Cover an accent wall or start small with the back of a bookcase, the inside of a drawer, or under a coffee table with a glass top.

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Install open shelves

Shelves made from reused wood are a structural delight. (Photo: anthropology)Shelves made from reused wood are a structural delight. (Photo: anthropology)
Shelves made from reused wood are a structural delight. (Photo: anthropology)

Whether in an entrance area where keys and mail are kept, or in a kitchen to keep salt and pepper shakers within reach, you can’t go wrong with open shelves. These 7 inch wide planks are made from reclaimed wood for an organic, completely imperfect feel.

Turn your shower into a spa

Let it rain with this luxurious shower head. (Photo: Home Depot)Let it rain with this luxurious shower head. (Photo: Home Depot)
Let it rain with this luxurious shower head. (Photo: Home Depot)

Imagine starting your day with a relaxing rainwater-like shower. Yes, it’s time to replace your shower head with a chic new model. This striking square version made of chrome has soft rubber knobs that can be easily wiped off calcium and lime deposits.

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