Being stuck in the same old way of decorating your home can weigh you down. You need something new to inspire you to achieve new goals and dreams for the next half of your life, says Jessica Helgesen of Twine Interiors in Tyler, Texas. "Benefits to do-it-yourself repairs at 50+ include a sense of accomplishment that can be uplifting, and a fresh start to a new stage in your life," says Helgesen.
For a simple and affordable home improvement project, use what you have. Simply rearrange your family room or living room furniture to create a more comfortable conversation area, suggests Lauri Ward, New-York based home design expert. "If you have an L-shaped seating area which doesn't allow for face-to-face chats, move the seats to create a U-shaped grouping," says Ward. "This will allow for more intimate conversation and a more balanced looking grouping that makes you feel better whenever you're in the room."