When temperatures drop and snow starts falling, staying indoors looks a lot more appealing. That said, we’ve already spent so much of this year cooped up inside our homes, and many of us are starting to get a little bored (or even sick) of our own four walls.
Fortunately, a little redecorating can turn things around. You don’t even have to spend a ton to give your home a little facelift and refresh your space. Jill Giese & Associates wants to make sure you can enjoy your home as much as possible this winter without breaking the budget. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
When You Buy, Buy At A Discount
A few new items here or there can go a long way toward sprucing up your space and giving it a new vibe. However, you don’t want to go overboard when it comes to the price point. There are a few ways you can get quality items at lower costs. For example, you can look for sales and discounts for major retailers. It’s not too hard to follow Macy’s sales or find Crate and Barrel coupon codes online. Keep your eye out for deals and you can buy something brand-new for a great price. Things also don’t have to be brand-new to be worth your time. Shopping second-hand and consignment gives you the chance to find well-cared-for items that are ready for their second life. If you’re not comfortable hitting up a thrift store right now, many consignment shops offer ways to shop online. You can schedule curbside pick up or, in some cases, have items delivered right to your home.
Revive Existing Items
You can also give stuff you already have a new life to refresh your surroundings. For example, if you have a plain lamp that doesn’t quite work with your decor, you can use metallic spray paint to create a brand new look. That old cabinet you have sitting around in the basement might be the perfect media organizer with a new coat of paint.
This is a great thing to do with old items you’ve been considering getting rid of or you’re just not sure what to do with. It’s low risk — you were already thinking of tossing them, anyway — and it gives you a chance to flex your creative muscles along the way. You only have to pay for supplies, and you could wind up with a piece you’re excited about and proud of!
Throw Stuff Out
Often, when our home doesn’t look quite the way we want it to, we assume the answer is more stuff. However, sometimes the opposite approach is surprisingly effective. Over the years, we wind up accumulating a lot of items we think will suit our aesthetic, but they really don’t. Since we already bought them, we fall into a trap where we feel like we have to keep them.
However, decluttering and getting rid of those unloved items can really make your home feel more pleasant to be in. You’ll have less stuff filling up your shelves and fewer items to dust or care for — plus, more space to enjoy the items you actually care about.
Decluttering is about as budget-friendly as it gets. All you need is time, trash bags, and maybe to schedule large item removal. In addition to making your space neater and more organized, you’ll have the satisfaction of knocking out an ever-present to-do item.
You don’t have to dread a winter indoors. With the right effort, you can make your home a safe haven and your favorite place to be. Redecorating doesn’t have to drain your bank account, either — focus on finding great deals and embracing your creativity, and you’ll feel prouder of your home than ever before!