5 Ways To Make Your Windows Work Hella Harder for You

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Huddled in your basement and avoiding the light? I didn't think so. Part of what makes being indoors bearable is windows, and their glimpse of the outside and all it promises. Maximize their benefits and reap the rewards with these five ways to make your windows the most they can be.

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1. Remove All Roadblocks: Move any furniture that’s hanging out in front of the windows, declutter sills, and keep curtains open as long as possible.

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2. Use a Mirror: By putting a mirror on the wall opposite a window, you reflect more light and brighten the entire space. You are also able to see what’s outside the window, a.k.a. the view, in more than one place.

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3. Lengthen Your Rods: Part of not blocking the windows means opening up the curtains as wide as possible, whenever possible. If your rods are too narrow, part of the glass will still be covered by fabric, even when the curtains are fully open. But lengthening the rods, you get more clearance. If wide curtains aren’t possible, or if you like the look better, try blinds instead.

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4. Paint Your Window Sills: Paint your sills a light color and they too will help send light coursing around the room. Stay away from dark shades, such as black, that absorb the light.

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5. Crack Them Open: Even in very hot or cold temps, an open window helps fresh air circulate, which goes a long way towards improving your mood and health.

(Image credits: Arthur Garcia-Clemente; Adrienne Breaux; Kim Lucian; Bethany Nauert; Sherrie U.; The Roberts' Playful Wonderland West End Townhouse)