Small Changes, Serious Impact

While remodeling certainly changes your life, it's not always an option. But there are small changes you can make to your home that will have, if not quite the same impact, a big difference in how you feel about your home. Here are eleven that I've discovered.

Swap Out Your Showerhead: Whether it's the rainshower head that suddenly makes a tiny rental bathroom feel luxurious or the filtered showerhead in your very hard water zone that leaves you with smooth skin and silky hair, swap out your old model for a new one (and, while you're at it, install a water filter on your kitchen sink for better tasting water)

One Style of Hangers: Metal hangers, wooden hangers, plastic hangers -- the jumble makes your small, cramped closet look even messier. Consider buying a set of hangers (I like the slim, flocked model) to turn your closet from unmanageable to jewelbox in no time.

Color Coordinate Your Clothes Closet: While you're changing out your hangers, take a few extra minutes to arrange your clothes by type and then by color. The visual serenity has a calming effect on a harried morning and makes it easier to get dressed.

Ban The Bar Soap: If you haven't yet made the move from bar soap to its liquid cousin, the time is now. Not only is it easier to use, there's a lot less maintenance involved (a quick rinse under hot water to unclog a nozzle vs. sopping up soap scum).

Cut Out The Old Scissors: If you do a lot of cutting, spring-action scissors are a revolution. You can cut for a longer period of time without your hands cramping and if you're not an expert with the scissor, they can make your cutting lines smoother. They're especially genius if you cut a lot of things, like fabric, along a flat surface.

Toss The Tattered Towels: In the market for new towels? Skip on over to the size known as bath sheets. They'll wrap around you with fabric to spare.

Buy Better Bulbs: Moving away from incandenscent bulbs is a change we're all making. What to replace them with? My personal choice is LED bulbs for a softer, kinder, more flattering light. While you're at it, take the time to pick appropriate bulbs, both in wattage and color, for the tasks that each lighting fixture will illuminate.

Doff Your Dryer: Do you blow out your hair daily? Consider replacing your old blower with an ionic model. It will dry your hair faster with less damage. And, if you use heat stying tools, go for the ones coated in ceramic.

Lose the top sheet: If you're a person who hates making their bed, trading in a top sheet for a duvet in a cover is a revelation. A quick flick of the wrist and the comforter settles over the bed as if cajoled there by Mary Poppins.

Set Up A Landing Strip: If you're a long time reader, you've probably got one in your house (though it may be time to clean it up). If you're not, and you're stumped, a landing strip, at its most basic, is a place to put down your stuff when you come in. Imagine not having to run around the house looking for your keys!

Buy Weekly Flowers For Your Home: Buying weekly flowers for your home is a basic part of the Apartment Therapy credo. Not only do they brighten up your home and smell good, there's something about a bouquet of flowers that feels indulgent and luxurious.

(Image: Bennett & Ryan's Lovely Light Small Cool 2012 Entry)

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