Today’s post is by Sarah Landrum. Read more about her after the post!
There’s the old philosophical belief of feng shui that states your surroundings make an impact on your feelings through the use of energy.
Whether you believe that or not, updating your home and sprucing up your living space is a good idea when things start to feel stale.
Doing this doesn’t require a lot of work or a lot of money. Here are 11 inexpensive ways to update your home.
Improve the Couch
Getting all-new furniture would be nice, but it’s not exactly practical.
Instead, buy some new throws or decorative pillows to put on your couch.
It’s a subtle touch transforms the look of your living area and costs a fraction of replacing the furniture.
A Fresh Coat of Paint
It’s easy to give a room a totally new feel just by painting it. It’s also a fun DIY project that just about anyone can handle.
The cost of supplies should just run a couple hundred dollars or less. If you have an eye for style and want to spend even less money, get the same effect just by painting one wall or the ceiling. Use a paint calculator to find out just how much you’ll need for whatever project you’re planning.
Do a Thorough Cleaning
This is the least fun thing on the list. Sorry about that. To be totally honest, though, people underestimate how impactful cleaning can be on a household.
Leave no stone unturned – or no corner uncleaned – and bust out the appropriate cleaning supplies. One often-neglected part of the house is the windows, so a full scrubbing is worth the effort.
Switch Out Lightbulbs
Overhauling the lighting of a room isn’t necessarily easy or cheap. A cut-rate alternative is to swap out the lightbulbs for something more flattering. Different bulbs have different qualities, and some can be harsher than others. Softer lighting could give the room a whole new feel.
Buy Some Artwork on the Cheap
There’s no need to commission a painting or splurge on a rare piece of art. You’d be surprised at what you could find at a garage sale or thrift store. Finding that perfect piece to tie the room together can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack, but persistence pays off.
Green up the Place
Studies show that adding some plants to your home brings a sense of happiness and lessens anxiety. With that in mind, plants are a great addition to any home. Potted plants near a source of sunlight are also a nice touch. Depending on the type you get, the plants might also be very low maintenance and inexpensive.
Lighten the Mood with Candles
Some well-placed candles can go a long way in improving the ambiance of a room while also adding a pleasant scent. Even fake candles help improve the look of a room while also being safer.
Shuffle Everything Around
An easy way to change things up is to simply rearrange what you have. Move your couch, reposition the TV and so on.
It’s going to look and feel weird at first because you’re not used to it, so let it settle for a little while before making the decision on whether to move it back or not. Even if it doesn’t work out, don’t worry. Rearranging furniture brings a sense of happiness to people. Isn’t that nice?
Try Some Curtains
Depending on your windows, a nice set of curtains could have a good effect on your room. They also have the benefit of dampening sound and providing a little insulation. If you have old curtains, it might be time for an update.
Give the Exterior a Facelift
Painting a room is one thing. Painting the exterior of your house is something completely different. Instead of going all-out doing that, update the exterior by painting the shutters, getting a new garage door and painting the door. It’s these little touches that make a big difference.
Don’t Forgot the Lawn
No matter how much work you do on the inside of your house, it’s the outside that everyone can see. Keeping the lawn maintained makes the whole house look better, whether it’s mowing the grass or removing an old, dead tree out front.
Going beyond that and adding a small garden adds even more curb appeal. Not everyone has a green thumb, but even planting a new tree or some shrubs will pay off in the future.
Do you have any easy and inexpensive ways to improve your home? Share your tips in the comments!
Sarah Landrum is a graduate of Penn State, a marketing specialist, and a freelance writer with an interest in frugal living. She’s also the founder of Punched Clocks, a blog all about finding happiness and success. Get even more money-saving tips: subscribe to her blog and follow her on Twitter @SarahLandrum