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Blog :: 01-2020

Home Projects for Winter Weekends

House projects can be tricky in winter. Other than snow removal, there isn’t a ton you can do to improve your home’s curb appeal this time of year. But that doesn’t mean you need to defer all projects until Spring. There is plenty of work you can do inside to breathe new life into your home. Much of it can be accomplished in a weekend and for under a hundred bucks!

Rearrange

Whatever you want to call it—feng shui, space flow, reconfiguration—getting your furniture into just the right spots can make a huge difference to the impact of a room. If things feel off and you just can’t figure out why, ask a friend (or your realtor!) too look at the space with you. Sometimes all it takes is a set of fresh eyes to see the true potential of a space.

Do a Deep Clean

Once you’ve done the routine work of tidying, dusting, and vacuuming, try going a bit deeper. From washing windows and wiping down doorframes, to scrubbing bathroom grout and cleaning light fixtures, there is a lot you can do to make your home feel sparkly and new with just a little elbow grease.

Style Your Bookshelves

Tidy up your reading materials and make some space on the shelf for one or two non-book items (a plant, or a nice piece of pottery, for instance). This will add style and draw the eye to this otherwise utilitarian area of your home.

Do a Sofa Makeover

If your couch is starting to show some wear, dress it up with a new slipcover, some accent pillows, or a cozy throw.

Winter Home Project IdeasOrganize Your Kitchen

Kitchen clutter can be a real drag. If you have stacks of pots and pans living on top of your stove for instance, consider a pot rack. Whether it’s hanging, wall-mounted, or free-standing, an item like this can add visual appeal as well as providing storage space.

Paint

A fresh coat of paint on walls, trim, or doors can go a long way to making your home feel fresh and cared for.

Update Fixtures

From the pulls on your kitchen cabinets to the knobs on your interior doors, updating hardware can make a big difference for not a lot of bucks.

Event Listings in the Pioneer Valley

Looking for something to do this weekend?

Here are some some great resources to help you find out what's going on in the region on any given day.

Pioneer Valley, Western MAValley Advocate Events

If you’re a local, you probably already have this site bookmarked. But it’s still worth mentioning for its comprehensive Western MA events calendar. 

MassLive Events

Searchable by location, category, and keyword, this is a great way to look for specific types of entertainment for you or your family members.

Explore Western Mass

With tabs such as “Things to Do,” “Food & Drink,” “Lodging,” and “Events,” this site is a great resource for both locals and visitors to the area.

Hampshire County: The Other Side of Massachusetts

In addition to categories such as “Explore,” “Eat,” and “Shop,” this site will also show you events with discount tickets available. Handy!

Hilltown Families

From food tours to art classes to preschool open houses, this site showcases events for adults, kids, and everything in between.

Western MA Junction

With categories such as Music, Arts & Entertainment, and Family fun, this site lists a great variety of events, with a special focus on music.