Although many household jobs can be done yourself, it is always a good idea to ask an expert how to do the job properly. Opt to do your laundry every time your hamper fills up, instead of waiting for your dirty laundry to pile for a week. Throwing your laundry in the washing machine every two days cuts down the amount of time you need to spend folding, waiting for the washing machine and the dryer and puts less strain on your machine.If you are concerned with privacy, opt for translucent glass or an adhesive to give the glass a "frosted" look. Home Depot and Lowe's carry adhesive window films for under twenty dollars. If you have furniture that is dull, faded, or even peeling its original paint or finish, don't dump it. Stripping off whatever finish was on the furniture will give you a clean slate to refinish it however you would like.For the inside, vinyl flooring lasts much longer. Do not get too personal. When you over-personalize your home to fit the way you want it to look, it is very doubtful that you will be able to recover your investments once you attempt to sell your home. Opt instead for a timeless look that you still enjoy, and you will quickly make your money back if you have to sell. If you do not like the looks of your hardwood, tile, or even laminate flooring, you may want to install carpeting.The investment you make in new windows now will easily pay for itself over time as your utility bills will be lower and, of course, your home will be more comfortable. One of the most overlooked areas of home improvement is the ceilings. Update your old popcorn ceilings. Hire a contractor to scrape the popcorn off the ceilings and add a smooth finish. Maybe think about adding some crown moldings during the ceiling renovations.