How to Refresh Your Living Space on a Budget

Stephanie Oliver
Published on July 15, 2019

How to Refresh Your Living Space on a Budget

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s your refuge from obligations and a place to rest after long days. To get that sense of peace and joy you are looking for, you don’t have to spend a ton of money on remodeling or interior design. You can add simple, budget-friendly touches to get that refresh you want. Below you will find some easy tips to spruce up your home.

Kick the Clutter Out

It’s science: clutter causes stress. And no one needs more stress in their life. No matter what room you’re sprucing up, decluttering should be the first step. Start by purging and throwing away anything you are sure you don’t need or want. Then, set up a station for selling, donating, and storing. If you have items that are in great condition but you don’t need them anymore, you can sell them online through eBay or Craigslist. If you want to contribute to a local charity, donating your items is a great way to help others, and you can also receive tax deductions.

For things you don’t want in your home at the moment but that you’re not ready to part with, consider putting them in storage. Whether it’s furniture, seasonal clothing, or holiday decorations, you can usually find self-storage units for a reasonable monthly fee. Once you declutter, you will want to keep it that way. The best way to do this is to clean up as you go. Here are some examples of how you can do that:

  • Make the bed each morning.
  • Immediately throw junk mail in the trash.
  • Put laundry away right after folding it.
  • Put items back where they go after you use them.
  • Establish rules for your kids to put their toys away after use.
  • Do a brief walk-through and tidy each night..

Invest
in a Restful Bedroom

You can easily make your bedroom an oasis and
the perfect place for peaceful sleep. Start by tackling
light (both artificial lights from traffic/streets lights and natural light) by
adding blackout shades and solid curtains. Change the atmosphere and smooth all
your senses with oil diffusers (lavender essential oils are a relaxation
game changer) and a white noise machine. Furthermore, invest in comfortable sheets that have
quality thread counts and are breathable. Comfortable bedding promotes
relaxation and deep, rejuvenating sleep.

Style
Up Your Bathroom

You can also make a dreary bathroom a stylish,
inspiring room without breaking the bank. The focal points of most bathrooms
are the shower and vanity, so at a low cost, you can change the whole look of
the room by hanging a stylish curtain and reframing the mirror. By installing
some shelves, you will not only add some
pizzazz but will also use the vertical space wisely and gain some storage.
Lastly, consider updating your lighting. While light fixtures can be expensive,
many brands provide trendy options at reasonable prices.

Bring
in Small Decor

Small decor changes to each room can make a
world of difference. New throw pillows or rearranging throw
pillows will revive any seating area and make the space look much more
inviting. Reframing pictures or art can refresh the look of your walls and draw
the eye to some of your favorite pieces. Finally, rearranging your existing
furniture will make your home feel brand new and liven up the atmosphere.

You don’t have to drain your bank account to
upgrade your home. Declutter your living space, and keep it tidy by cleaning as
you go. Invest in budget-friendly upgrades to your bedroom and bathroom to make
them the relaxing and stylish spaces you deserve. Finally, put the icing on the
cake by adding small decor. With a little effort, your home will be the
comfortable refuge you look forward to coming back to at the end of the day.

This article was written by the talented Suzie Wilson. You can find other similar topics and resources at her informative website, Happier Home, and don’t forget to pick up her new book, The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House. Photo Credit: Unsplash