New Year’s Renovations

New Year’s Renovations

A new year means different things to different people. For some, it’s a chance to turn over a new leaf and make out a list of lofty improvement goals. For me, a new year mostly just means I have to actually think about the numbers when I write the date on checks.

Home improvements tend to show up pretty regularly on New Years Resolution lists. After we plan to renovate our bodies with better diet and exercise, we can turn our attention to the master bath in need of an upgrade or that basement we’ve been meaning to turn into a family room. While I would never dream of raining on your parade, I’d like to offer you a “Get Out of Renovation Free” card. I mean, it’s great to rehab your home, but it’s not always the right time. And if you don’t get to it in 2014, it will be just as great to rehab your home in 2015 or 2018 or after your daughter goes to college.

In the meantime, instead of tearing out your kitchen counters, resolve to do little things around the house. Why not buy new hardware for your bathroom cabinets? Or a new doormat for the front porch? Don’t underestimate the small stuff. Little things can make a huge difference. Throw pillows, a lamp, a painting, a rug can improve a space for a fraction of the cost of any construction project. These little things can make you feel like you’ve accomplished something, without forcing you into debt or your family into the chaos of a major renovation project. (I fully admit that I am a renovation junkie. But recently I got my reno-fix by simply replacing all the tired towels in my bathroom with new fluffy fresh towels. Ooh-la-la!)

So, save yourself a little stress and know that I surely won’t judge if you table the renovation until next year. Maybe do a little shopping instead. And if you’re looking for ideas? You’d be amazed how much mileage you can get out of a new light fixture. This is one of my all-time faves!

Happy New Year.

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