There’s no place like home. Everybody has their own idea of what is comfortable and stylish, which is exactly what your own home should be to you. It doesn’t always take a big budget to make improvements that can really change your mood when you walk into your door. Look through my top tips for decorating that won’t cost you a cent–changes that can make your home your favorite place in the world.
1. Go Clutter-Free: This concept will change your life. I love taking things I can live without to the thrift store. Anything I don’t need to store, see, or pick up to dust is something that is cluttering my life. My rule is to keep only the things I truly love. Added bonuses: get a receipt for donations because it’s all tax deductible, and you’ll be helping out a charity.
Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, has a refreshing positive approach that brings real joy to the process of “tidying up.” As stated on the back cover, “With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international best seller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home–and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”
2. Rearrange Furniture: this change can improve the entire “feel” of a room. No matter if your rooms are big or small, the right furniture arrangement will make your home more enjoyable.
Functional can also be pleasing to the eye. What are the focal points in the room? Does the furniture allow you to see those features? If you get stuck for ideas, ask a friend for suggestions or go to one of the many online decorating sites.
3. Remove Items: Sometimes we accumulate too much stuff! That little table you bump into every time you pass it may not be necessary in the room. Are you a book worm? Great, but you don’t need to display all your books. Do you need all the knick knacks? Put a few things in the basement storage, and live with the change for a few days. You might find that it frees up your mind!
4. Group Like Items: if you have 3 or more similar items, it’s a collection. Collections should be displayed together. To keep smaller items orderly and pleasing to the eye, use trays to group similar items. A mirror can also double as a tray.
5. Favorite Item: Move a favorite item to a prominent spot in your living room. It could be anything such as an inspirational book , something you purchased on a trip, or even something that is your favorite color. When you walk into the room and see something that brings you joy, your mood will naturally be lifted. (Read my previous post that shows how you can give a small item a big presence.)
If a major remodel isn’t in your budget, try these tips to give your home a fresh, new look. A few simple changes can bring you joy.