Ah, home, sweet home! And then you catch a whiff of the clogged sink and hear the screeching from the wooden tiles under your feet. Your home is supposed to be a sanctuary, a stress-free environment, an oasis of peace and quiet. Yet, that’s rarely the case, isn’t it? But before you give up and sledgehammer your house to the ground, how about a quickie makeover that can restore your Zen mood and simultaneously increase the functionality of your space?
The following are some of the most common annoyances we encounter almost on a daily basis. You’ll tackle some in a matter of minutes, other require professional attention, but you’ll strike the right balance and turn your home into a blissful paradise!
Get rid of the squeak
Wood truly gives charisma to a home, but it requires proper maintenance techniques so as not to cause problems, not unlike the noisy walking surface from above. The pesky squeak in your footstep can actually be handled in several simple ways, depending on your home’s architecture.
If you have access to your floors underneath the house, ask someone to walk while you’re down there, to find the cause of the squeak. You can insert wooden shims in the gaps between the joists and the subfloor, or use construction adhesive for a more lasting fix. No access below? Then spill talcum powder over the squeaky surface and sweep it into space between the boards, until your contractor arrives.
Defeat the leaky cauldron
Apart from the Minuscule spider cartoon, there’s absolutely nothing cute about a leaky, drippy faucet. First, turn off the water supply, either by using the valves under the sink, or the main household valve. Pro tip: clog the drain so as not to end up losing some of the smaller parts!
When you take the faucet apart, you can either record the process to be able to do it in reverse once you replace the problematic bit, or you can find a video online for your particular type of faucet. Clean the mineral buildup and other clogging if present, and take the part that needs replacing to the store in order to find the same one.
Unclog the toilet
Although unclogging the toilet is in the top three holiday activities of all households, it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. If you have a house full of toddlers who unwittingly drop their toys down the toilet, then you might need to use the old-fashioned, hands-on approach, so have your gloves at the ready.
On the other hand, if it’s not an obstruction of that kind, try a plunger, or a plumber’s snake, which is simple to use and easy to find in any home maintenance store. However, certain clogs and blockages can be quite severe, in which case calling an emergency plumber is a must, and you’ll have your toilet back in use in no time.
Feng shui your living space
Spending time in a messy, disorganized home can be enough to cause stress even without the everyday repairs. So, before you or your family members start tripping over the throw-pillow collection, take a day to reshape the look of your space with minimalism in mind.
Before you skip to a fresh coat of paint and seasonal touch-ups, give away and get rid of all the excess items in the room. Too many rugs, heavy curtains, collectibles, and even books can suffocate the atmosphere – make room for more open space, let the largest furniture pieces dominate the room, and keep knickknacks to a minimum.
If during your makeover you wanted to move some artwork around and you ended up with nail-holes on your walls, this is one of the simplest, and possibly most affordable repairs you can do yourself.
Get some spackling paste and use a putty knife to place it in and over the hole, after which you can let it dry for a few minutes. Afterward, use a fine sandpaper to give it a nice finish and wipe off any excess paste, and in case the color doesn’t match your room – there’s your excuse to freshen up the place!
This post is contributed by Catherine, she is a passionate home design consultant from Melbourne. She loves making homes beautiful and buildings sustainable, but she also like sharing her advice and knowledge with people. That is why she is also a regular contributor to the Smoothdecorator blog. Besides all this, she loves reading and enjoys a superhero movie from time to time.