Over at Apartment Therapy, they are in the midst of the Spring Cure. The Spring Cure is 8 weeks of intensive house therapy. One of the first things to do is to go through your home and take notes of everything, big and small, that needs repaired. Whether this is replacing a light bulb, putting furniture pads on your dining chairs, painting touch-ups, replacing floor tiles, checking your smoke detectors, this part of the Cure is what keeps your house in good working order. So while 8 weeks is a big commitment, I would suggest going through your home (or even one room for you commitment-phobes) and writing down all the repairs needed, the solutions, and get to work doing them yourself, asking your landlord, or finding a neighbor or a handyman to help you out.
Since I just moved, this is my (partial) list:
Remove weird screen-thing in Dining Room
Paint Dining Room (see my post on color here)
Paint Living Room - the previous tenants dripped candlewax down one wall and then painted over
Remove shelf bracket from Living Room
Remove screws from wall and patch
Check smoke detectors
Ask landscaper to spray nasty thorny vines with weed killer
Repair screen on porch
And to make this post more inspirational, I have included "before" photos from Apartment Therapy Flickr site. If your home looks like this, check out The Cure.