When summer begins to turn into fall, you have plenty of reasons to get excited. You can enjoy seasonal festivals and foods, pull out your favorite sweaters and start planning your holiday activities. You’ll go to one celebration after another up through New Year’s Eve. Then, January arrives with a quiet chill.

Things slow down during the first three to four months of the year, which is when many people feel the winter blues. You’re stuck inside with no holidays to cheer you up, so the days might begin to blur together.

If you’re feeling sadness or boredom settle over your life this wintertime, try these five home improvement projects to cure the winter blues. Planning out a few projects will help you pass the time and transform your home into a happier, sunnier place to live.

1. Switch Your Paint Colors

As a homeowner, you know there are many repair and maintenance tips to keep in mind because there’s no landlord to fix up your living space when something breaks. Everything’s up to you, so you might forget some projects as you focus on higher-priority ones.

When was the last time you painted your home? Plenty of homeowners leave each room with the beige walls that came with the house. Instead, get creative and make your home a brighter place. Invest in a few new shades of paint to lighten your home. Pastel blues, yellows and purples will remind you of warmer times and put an extra spring in your step.

2. Grow Indoor Plants

As plants bloom again later in the year, you’ll feel like a new you as you watch budding leaves and flowers. Instead of waiting for spring to come, homeowners who love gardening can grow hardy indoor plants to bring life to their house, even in the winter. Cover your living space in pots filled with flowers, ferns and other greenery. You’ll love your new routine of taking care of them every day and experience the joy that comes with bringing a plant to life.

3. Replace Door and Cabinet Handles

Maybe you don’t have a green thumb and would rather not repaint your home. You still have many other options to consider, like replacing your door and cabinet handles. It’s a subtle way to give your home a makeover on a budget.

Go to your local hardware store and find new doorknobs in a different style, metal or color than your current ones. It’s easy to switch them out as soon as you get home and give your living space a new style.

4. Inspect Your Garage Door

When was the last time you thought about updating your garage? You don’t need to install fitness equipment or buy new shelving to improve the space. Instead, inspect your garage door to see if you need to repair or replace it.

The right garage door will insulate your garage to minimize the cold air that slips inside. It should also open and close without stalling or squeaking. Lubricate the wheels and gears with oil and get a professional to come out for an inspection if you find anything that concerns you.

5. Organize Your Home

Even after you clean your home, it may still feel like a messy or cramped place to wait out the winter months. If that’s the case, organize your house overnight with simple tips and tricks.

Sort through your belongings and designate unwanted items into donation or trash piles before reorganizing everything. You’ll save space and spring clean a little early, which helps make your home lighter and brighter.

Tour Your Home

If you’re not sure where to start, tour your home and figure out where you feel the winter blues most heavily. Start with something small, like replacing cabinet handles, and work your way up to bigger projects like inspecting your garage door or repainting your room.

You’ll figure out which projects are right for your home and, at the same, time cure your winter blues before spring ever arrives.

Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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