If you’ve loved where you’ve lived for a long time, there’s still a chance that 2020 has put your comfort at home to the test. After all, many people are spending more time with family than ever before, perhaps in a space that isn’t very large, and which may or may not have access to safe outdoors areas where you can spend some of your time. If you and your family have been thinking about how to make the home even homier this year, here are some of the popular ways to level up your home this year.
Moving to a Quieter, Less Urban Neighborhood
While it isn’t for everyone, this year has certainly seen a flight to the quieter, more suburban areas for living. Moving to areas where it is safe to walk outside without encountering too many other people and with lots of green space has been a popular option. Even families who will need to move back eventually to avoid a huge commute have made the jump, noticing that a home that is bigger for the same money gives them a lot more breathing room, according to the Homelight Q3 Survey of Real Estate Agents.
Clever Partitioning or Remodeling to Create Separate Video Call Spaces
Whether your home is spacious or not, you’ll never feel quite so cramped as when multiple people are on video calls at once! If you have children in video classes and multiple adults working from home via computers, every corner of your home may be full of noise and make it hard for all of you to concentrate. Many families, for this reason, have been working to add movable but soundproof partitions into rooms of their homes, redoing rooms to be home offices or school rooms, and adding additions just for these new needs. While it seems like a temporary need, the additional space or privacy can actually have benefits over time, since everyone needs some alone time occasionally and a little peace and quiet go a long way.
Add That Luxury Amenity You’d Been Saving For
If you’ve been waiting to make the call to have a pool installed or to screen in a porch, this is the year to do it. These extra amenities that make the home more enjoyable, be they big like a new sunroom or small, like-new kitchen hardware, can do a lot to make everyone more comfortable during a time of high stress and worry. Even small modifications like retiling a bathroom can make it feel a little nicer to settle in for a bath, which leaves you more rejuvenated for the next challenges.
Declutter to Take Advantage of All Your Home Already Has to Offer
You don’t have to make a big change to level up your home, however! This winter is the perfect time to get everyone in the family on board with a real decluttering effort, finding more compact places to store things you need to keep and donating or throwing away things that are no longer needed. Everyone can celebrate by getting to share the use of the space you’ve created through decluttering, which is like a mini-remodel in itself!