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There is nothing more satisfying than taking on a few home projects over a long weekend.

Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, the extra time means you can knock over one or two jobs and enjoy the fruits of your labour for time to come!

To ignite those DIY dreams, we’ve selected a few easy tasks to transform your home in just a few days.

Winter garden gems

  • senior-couple-watering-seedlings-garden Take time to play games with the family
  • With those hot summer days over it’s time to reset and prep your garden for the months ahead.
  • To start, check that you’ve got all the gardening tools you’ll need and that they are clean and well oiled. This will extend the lifetime of the tools and make it safer and easier to get the job done.
  • The first job to tackle is removing or pruning back any dead branches, shrubs or plants. If you have veggie patch check what plants need care and attention in the autumn.
  • It’s also an important time of year to prep your soil for winter, this means removing weeds or withered plants, and adding new top soil if needed.
  • You’re now ready to start planting for the spring! Strawberries, leafy greens and beetroot should all be planted in autumn. Bulbs such as freesias, jonquils daffodils and tulips will bring a burst of colour to your garden come September.
  • Mulch will help protect your garden in winter from weeds and frost, you can bulk up your mulch with leaves from the yard.

The perfect pantry

  • small-pantry-storage-necessary-staple-food-cooking You’ll need jars and storage containers so that everything has a home
  • Ever scrolled through Instagram or Pinterest and stared longingly at a picture of the perfect pantry? While we can’t all have Kardashian kitchens, a few simple techniques will have your pantry looking pristine.
  • Start by taking everything out your pantry. Check the use-by date of each item and throw out anything past its prime. You’ll then need to grab a damp cloth and wipe down each shelf to give yourself a clean canvas.
  • To get the pristine pantry look, you’ll need jars and storage containers so that everything has a home. Get the label maker out and start to label and date the most used items like cereal, spices and flour.
  • If you have kids, make sure items they need access to, such as snacks or drink bottles, are within reach.
  • For loose tins and jars, the use by date is your guide. Place food with longer expiration dates at the back with shorter dates at the front. This way you’ll avoid food waste.
  • Your pantry should be cleaned out every six months to stay on top of food wastage and to keep it clean.

A splash of point

  • young-asian-happy-woman-painting-interior-wall Take on a paint project
  • Taking on a paint project is a fun way to spruce up any wall or room in the home. You’re more likely to live a happy life if you’re in an environment you love, so why not undertake a room makeover?
  • Start by thinking about what colour will suit the room or rooms you’d like to paint. Neutral tones like whites and greys work best all year round and can be spruced up with trendy seasonal accessories such as throw rugs or cushions.
  • You’ll need the right gear, so make sure you head to your local paint shop to get prepared. Here are a few items to add to your list.
    • The paint
    • A sander
    • Large paint roller with an extension
    • Paintbrush and paint tray
    • Screwdriver
    • Gloves, mesh suits, protective masks, tape
    • Large draping (to protect the floor and furniture)
  • When you are at the paint shop be sure to ask what paint will suit your project. You can also choose from a range of high-performance paints such as allergy sensitivite or easy to clean paints for high-use areas. You can even buy blackboard paint for the kids!
  • If you use a paint roller, you will get the job done in half the time rather than using a single brush.

With a little bit of prep and some clear goals your home will be looking beautiful for the winter months ahead. An extra tip: get some speakers and play your favourite music to make painting a bit more fun!

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