How to upgrade your home on a low budget

You don’t need to be a designer or have a lot of money in order to redecorate your home. You can do this with the things that you already have at home, and buy some simple items that´ll make big changes!

It’s possible that you’re sitting on your couch at home, looking at the furniture and the decor of the living room, and decide that you find it boring. However, you may not have the extra money to completely remodel the room, throw away everything and buy brand-new products. Don’t be upset! It’s perfectly possible to turn your house into a different one that fulfills your aesthetic needs. The best part is that you can do this without spending not even a $5 dollar bill…

The first thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to replace everything in order to change the looks of your house. It’s a pretty unachievable goal to consider! You’ll notice that rearranging your furniture and keeping everything organized will have the same refreshing effect, and will be much cheaper!

You have to tidy everything up before even deciding that you don’t like the look of a certain room. Once every toy, clothing and paper is in its place you’ll see more clearly if the problem is the furniture or if it was just the mess that was throwing you off.

If you found stuff that you haven’t used in a good time while you were organizing everything, consider throwing it away, selling it or donating it. If it’s in a bad shape, it would probably be best to go for the first option. If not, you can decide whether you’d get some money out of it or you’d rather give it away to someone else. Decluttering is key! Decorating isn’t all about getting new things, it’s also about letting go of everything that’s holding you back.

In order to keep your house organized you’ll have to assign a place for everything. If each object goes somewhere specific, there’s no reason why it should end up on the floor or in an empty chair in your bedroom. It also prevents any possible losses.

Lastly, you can repurpose what you have if you want to mix things up even more! With some DIY techniques, you can turn a box into a jewelry organizer, some old books into a knife-holder for your kitchen or CDs into clothes hangers. The only limit is your imagination, not your wallet!

How to decorate on a budget

Once you´ve decluttered and have saved some money by selling all your used stuff, your need to build a decorating budget and avoid spending too much money. It has to be a reasonable amount: not too high but also not too low. You can’t end up falling into debt and you shouldn’t expect to find extremely low prices in the market and risk not buying anything at all.

Some of the most famous brands and companies have the reputation of having the absolute best products in the market. However, they’re usually the most expensive… They may have invested a lot of money into their fame, so you shouldn’t immediately trust that their quality is far better than the average, generic brand.

To buy alternative brands is a good way to save money. You should be suspicious of very low prices, but you can trust them if someone you know recommended the product and you believe in their judgment.

In addition to this, alternative shops can also help you save money. Instead of heading directly to your local store, look up the same product on different websites and compare prices. There are comparison websites that can make you this job much easier!

Another good place to buy furniture and other household elements are yard sales. You can find many things that may escape others’ eyes! Usually, the products are in good shape and their price is lower simply because they belonged to someone else and don’t come directly from the store.

All in all, second-hand products are a great option. They cost less but aren’t necessarily worse when it comes to quality. Refurbished products also meet these standards and can be found both on websites and in stores.

Remember: always buy for the future! This simple thought can stop you from buying things that you won’t need in the future, but it can also prevent you from paying for several bad-quality items just because they’re cheaper than one with good quality. When they break and you need to get new ones, their overall price will be much higher than it would’ve been if you’d paid attention to the quality in the first place! 

7 Cheap additions to upgrade your house

Even if you don’t have enough money to buy new furniture for your house, you can still upgrade its look. There are many simple, cheap elements that can make your house look completely different.

1. Houseplants

Having some plants in your bathroom, living room and balcony can turn the style of your house upside down. They’ll provide fresh, natural and welcoming vibes. You can go to your local nursery and buy flowers, herbs or even cacti!

2. Pictures

What’s a better way to create a happy atmosphere than framing or hanging some pictures of yourself and the ones you love? There are many stores where you can buy many picture frames at a low price and you can print pictures just as easily. You can even skip frames altogether and be a part of some new trends: hang your pictures from holiday lights or stick them to a wall and create a photo wall!

3. Mirrors

They aren’t used only for people to look at themselves in, they can also open up space. They help create a lighter and bigger space. This way, even if you live in a small apartment you can avoid making it look overcrowded.

4. Candles and lightbulbs

It’s all about the lighting! You can switch the mood of a house just by choosing different lightbulbs. The new trend includes vintage Filament Bulbs, which can completely change the look of each room. The candles also provide a relaxing atmosphere, especially if they’re scented! 

5. Pillows

Another way to achieve turning your house into a welcoming and cozy space is to include pillows. You can buy some for your bed or couches and they’ll make them look more relaxed and stylish.

6. Shower curtain

This may seem like a strange addition, but if you think about it, shower curtains are usually the first thing that you see in a bathroom. The accumulated humidity may cause it to grow some mold, which doesn’t look so good... There are a lot of different designs: with cartoons for children, with simple and modern patterns, and obviously plain ones.

7. Paint

Lastly, a single, fresh coat of paint never hurts. Maybe your kid drew something on the wall or some of the old paint peeled off. Either case, you can modernize the look of your entire house simply by applying one coat. It’ll also make it seem cleaner and brand-new!

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