5 Ways to Banish the Winter "Blahs" at Home

As beautiful as the winter season can be, let’s face it—things can start looking a bit dull inside the house, especially after the excitement of the holidays ends and life gets back to normal. Do the words “blah” and “meh” come to mind when you think of your post-holiday home?

Well, if you're going to spend time indoors, why not get more enjoyment out of it? No need to wait until spring to freshen things up – these five simple (and mostly free) tips can instantly revitalize your home!

Tip 1: Open a window or door for a minute.

We know what you’re thinking—you’re trying to keep the cold air out, not let it in! We feel the same way, but letting a burst of air pass through your house for just one or two minutes every few days can actually have a refreshing effect, boost your mood and promote a healthier indoor environment.

Tip 2: Dress up your coffee table décor.

Easily transform the look of a room by changing your coffee table décor. You don’t have to spend money for this one—just take a walk around your home and find interesting items that you can use to make a lovely display. How about arranging those English Literature and Shakespeare textbooks you’ve been holding onto since college? Yes, we have several of them. Imagine how smart you'll sound when people come over to hang out:

(Your guests): "Oh wow, what a beautiful Anthology of Shakespeare book on your coffee table - have you read that WHOLE thing?"

(You): "Oh yes, darling, I've studied ALL the great Shakespearean works...."

How about stacking some of your favorite magazines or displaying a few pieces of your child’s artwork in an album, scrapbook or decorative box? Yep, we've got lots of that stuff, too. One of our favorite ways to freshen up a table is arranging fresh flowers in a pretty cup, bowl or vase.

Many grocery stores now have inexpensive mini bouquets that are gorgeous and look great on coffee tables. The best thing about coffee table décor is you can change it as often as you like to keep your living area interesting.

Tip 3: Add or change some throw pillows.

Throw pillows are an inexpensive way to breathe new life into any room of your house, including living rooms, bedrooms, and even home offices. If you’re not sure which colors or patterns to try, that’s ok—he fun is in experimenting with different patterns and color combinations to create a fresh look. Are your walls or furniture pieces neutral, like white, beige or gray?

Try adding pillows in a vibrant yellow, orange, or teal to give your room an instant burst of color. To save money, you can keep your existing pillows and just add new covers, which also makes it easy to switch the colors back and forth.

Tip 4: Move your artwork around.

Sometimes we get so used to seeing a piece of artwork hanging in its designated spot that we think it has to stay there, but how about finding a new spot for it? Moving your artwork to a new location just might make you fall in love with your pieces all over again.

As an added bonus, relocating artwork is an easy way to re-decorate or re-design a room without spending any money. To make it more fun, turn your art relocation project into an event by inviting family or friends over to vote on which pieces to change up, and while they’re at it, they can help you move and re-hang it all!

Tip 5: Get your carpets cleaned.

You may think it's better to wait until spring to clean your carpets, but experts recommend a cleaning every 6 - 12 months with at least one cleaning during the winter season. If you tend to stay indoors more during winter, you are spending more time in contact with all the dirt, germs, pet dander, and other allergens in your carpets.

This can make life indoors less comfortable for those with asthma, allergies or other respiratory issues. Consider freshening up your home with a winter carpet cleaning to instantly make your home cleaner and promote better indoor air quality.

by Jennifer Westbrook | Main Stage Home Staging & Organizing

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