Goodbye spring cleaning, hello winter refresh!

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Every year, homeowners anxiously await spring to refresh and reset their homes. But what if we capitalized on all the time spent indoors during winter to take control of home improvements ahead of time instead? With a little thoughtful planning, you'll not only be able to give your space a simple face lift but also enjoy spring when it comes around and be outside, soaking up the weather!

Enhancing your home's value and functionality does not require a full-blown remodel. Strategic updates can make a significant impact and can be completed in just a few days. Consider these smart, no sweat home updates while staying cozy indoors.

Declutter: While you may not be ready to jump on the minimalist band wagon, be inspired by the movement and remove unnecessary items from your home. Donate or sell trinkets and gadgets you don't use and focus on organizing what's left. Consider storage solutions like closet organizers and kitchen pull-outs that make organization seamless. There's no greater joy than coming home to a clean, tidy and truly clutter-free space.

Fresh paint: A fresh coat of paint is an affordable update for any room, and with a little elbow grease, you can easily complete this project in a weekend. Whether you paint all the walls in your bedroom or just one to create a focal wall, you can customize this project to your personal tastes and preferences. While you're at it, why not paint the ceiling too? A fresh coat of white paint can instantly elevate a space by better reflecting light.

Replace hardware: The kitchen and bathrooms are typically the most frequented rooms in a home. The hardware in these spaces might seem like an afterthought, but if you want to add a little pizzazz with minimal effort, focus here. Styles go in and out of fashion and hardware becomes drab with everyday wear and tear. Replace knobs, handles and hooks with a new look that reflects your personality. Brushed metals have maintained popularity, and brass is poised to make a comeback. Other materials like wood and glass are popular for hardware, too.

Upgrade appliances: Dated appliances can steal from a space's potential; a simple swap can completely transform the aesthetic of a room, taking it from vintage to polished in a snap. You don't have to sacrifice function for style. Whether you're partial to French door or side-by-side refrigerators, front load or top load washers, explore your options. With a few thoughtful changes, you have the power to turn your home into the space you've always dreamed of.

Whether you love it or can't get through it quickly enough, winter is a perfect time to take on home improvements that are simple and achievable; about three in four homeowners would rather complete home renovations during the fall and winter so they can travel in the spring and summer. With these handy tips, you have the knowledge and power to rejuvenate your home and make this winter a productive one. Update now, so you can relax later!