If you’re looking for fun ways to stay busy while you’re at home, check out these DIY projects to refresh your space and boost your mood.

Working at home

Having an effective work-from-home area is an important part of staying focused and productive during the day. If you’re navigating working at home with your significant other, it’s important to each have your own workspace. Make this an inviting space you’ll want to be in every day. If you’re shopping online for a desk, look for one with built-in storage. This will keep your work surface clutter free and organized. Good lighting in your space can boost your mood and help you feel awake. Keep a stylish lamp nearby and let in some natural light if you can. Try personalizing this space with a gallery wall filled with your kids’ artwork, putting your favorite plant on your desk for some added greenery, and keeping a cozy blanket on your desk chair.

Switch out your décor for spring
  • Paint some planters: If you have some terra cotta pots, get creative and paint patterns and designs on them. This will brighten up your outdoor space in no time and is a great activity for the whole family.

  • Transform your bathroom: switch out your fall hand towels with bright spring ones. A colorful shower curtain or a bright candle can quickly change the mood of the whole space

Add a focal point with peel and stick wallpaper

Using temporary wallpaper in a space is a great, lease-friendly way to make it your own. It’s also a perfect opportunity to go bold with a color or pattern you’ve always wanted to try. The Home Depot has a wide variety of peel and stick wallpaper, ranging from brick and stone to floral and abstract. This simple DIY project can quickly transform your space.        

Start an indoor herb garden

Growing your own food is rewarding in more ways than one. It’s a great learning experience for the kiddos and for you as well! Knowing what to do when starting a food garden can be a little intimidating, which is why an indoor herb garden is the perfect way to get your green thumb journey started.

The first step you’ll want to take is finding a great spot where your plants have everything they need to thrive. Herbs love at least six hours of direct sunlight a day, so look for a sunny window. You can either use the window sill, or add a side table in front of the window. Another option to save some space is a suction cup window shelf . This will give your plants the light without throwing off the layout of your furniture.

Next, you’ll want to decide what you want to grow. Here’s a list of easy-to-grow herbs that you’ll love to cook with and will make your kitchen smell amazing.

  • Basil: Create tasty pesto and salads.

  • Mint: There are many varieties of this plant, each with an abundance of uses. Garnish your desserts or add a burst of flavor to your teas and mixed drinks.

  • Rosemary: Use rosemary in tons of dishes you love. It also looks great in floral arrangements.

  • Chives: This is the perfect topping for deviled eggs and baked potatoes.

  • Oregano: Like rosemary, oregano has an abundance of uses in yummy dishes.

We hope you found these projects and tips helpful. Share your herb garden on social media and tag @InvitationHomes . For more lease-friendly tips and ideas, follow Invitation Homes on Instagram and Facebook.

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