So 2021 is finally here and what teams up pertly with a brand new year? A few house renovations and DIY jobs of course.
This year it is even more vital to be comfortable in your homes with the coronavirus pandemic as we're spending much more time in them due to the various lockdowns.
So if you're not liking your home, now is the time to make a few changes so you can live happily.
Obviously the pandemic has had financial implications on many, so we at Daily Star decided to bring you the most cost-effective hacks around to save you money.
So what are you waiting for?
Get started on these hacks today for a beautiful refresh to your home.
1. Create a living room feature wall
If you're a bit bored of the colour of your walls in your living room, why not get creative with a fun feature wall.
You can opt to add a bold paint colour or why not try an interesting wallpaper finish.
This could really transform the room and should only take one weekend to achieve,
If you want to make the room appear bigger too, use a cool tone, which will create the illusion of more space.
2. Add flowers or plants to your rooms
If you are weary of looking at current surroundings, why not think about adding flowers or plants to a room.
Although some may see them as unnecessary, flowers and plants are a great natural way to make your home feel alive and make you feel like you want to actually want to spend time in it. This is especially essential at the moment.
With flowers, you have the opportunity to constantly pick ones which go with your mood or the season and despite often not costing much, they can really feel like you're treating yourself.
A plant will take a bit more thought as obviously it should last a lot longer than flowers, but make sure you remember to water it.
3. Look for freebies/upcycle
If your house is looking a little bare and you want a few more items to make it homely, don't feel like it will have to cost you an arm or a leg.
There are many sites out there where people are giving away items for free.
These include Freegale, which will match you with someone local who has exactly what you're looking for. You can also use Latest Free Stuff and The Freecycle Network.
4. Replace worn out taps
Considering how much taps are used, it's easy for them to get worn out, in turn making the whole room look a bit haggard.
However, you can give your room a total refresh with minimum effort by changing the taps.
Some shiny new ones can leave your place looking fresh or modern.
Or why not go for some quirky taps to give the room a whole different feel if you want a change.
5. Add a mirror
Feel like your room looks cramped and small? Then adding a mirror is the perfect easy and cheap solution.
Mirrors give the illusion of a larger space and bring more light in to a room, so it will appear bigger without a costly and time-consuming extension.
A mirror can also bring a lovely decoration to the room - a white or black frame could make the room look model or why not go for a coloured or gold frame to really make it stand out.
6. Get new lights
Is your room feeling a bit dark and dingy? Then it may be a good idea to change or get some new lights that will brighten up the place.
January isn't the most cheery of months, especially at the moment, so it's important whatever room you're in it helps you stay happy and makes you want to be in there.
Changing the lights doesn't have to be a big job - you could get some brighter bulbs or a better shade or purchase a few lamps, which will help bring light and decoration into the room.
7. Floating shelves
Floating shelves are great as they're easy to put up, don't take up much room and provide tons of storage space.
It's likely you were brought a few books over the festive season, so instead of having them all hang around or in a cupboard, put your new reads happily on display.
If you're not a bookworm, shelves are also a great way of displaying other ornaments or even just sorting your clutter out a bit.
8. Paint your ceilings
You probably don't spend much time looking at your ceiling, however it does take up a sixth of your room, so it's worth making sure it looks good.
It should only take you a day to paint so it doesn't need to take up much of your time at all.
You could give the current shade a refresh or why not opt for a bold colour - a darker ceiling can make your room feel warm and inviting and is great for bedrooms and living rooms.
9. Create a DIY charging station
Phone and table wires can make a room look untidy and messy, so why not create your very own charging station.
You can use things like spare baskets you have lying, a wood organiser or even a decorative shoe box to keep things tidy and looking neat.
10. Teach yourself DIY
Everyone can learn pretty much anything on the internet these days, particularly on YouTube, so why not use your lockdown time wisely and teach yourself some DIY skills.
Obviously some things will have to be done by a profession but the basics shouldn't take too much time and effort to learn and could end up saving you a lot.
11. Declutter your rooms
If you are finding it hard to keep your room tidy it may just be that you have too much in there.
Having a room which is packed full of items that don't have anywhere to be stored can often even leave you feeling stressed and uncomfortable.
Why not use your current spare time to go through what you don't need and either give it to charity, put it in storage or sell it.
Who knows, you could even earn yourself some spending money by the time you've finished.