Inexpensive ways to improve your home

We spend a lot of time in our homes, and whether you rent or own your abode, you want to make it more inviting and comfortable.

However, you may not have a ton of time or money to invest. Luckily, you don’t need it. Use these four easy projects to transform your home over a weekend or even an afternoon. 

Convert a Closet

There are some incredibly creative things that you can do with a closet that goes well beyond the realm of storing shoes and jackets.

One idea is to create a mudroom or entry storage. Take off the doors and build a bench with drawers on the ground. Hang shelving and hooks above, and voila! You have a mudroom.

Alternatively, create a reading nook in a bedroom closet or another closet that’s out of the way. You can remove the doors or leave them, but finish the look by hanging sheer curtains across the opening.

Build a platform and cover it with comfortable cushions, throw pillows, and blankets. Add some shelving up top for book storage, and don’t forget a small shelf somewhere to rest a snack and cup of tea or glass of wine.

If you don’t have an unused closet, consider getting a storage unit. Most are temperature-controlled, secure, and easily accessible by renters. It’s a convenient way to declutter other spaces in your house, as well.

Clean Your Baseboards

If your home needs some new shine and you’re having trouble accomplishing it with your regular cleaning methods, try scrubbing your baseboards.

The chances are good that these have accumulated their fair share of grime and dirt over the years, and they’re often overlooked.

Any simple cleaning solution will do. Spray them with vinegar and water and wipe down, use a magic eraser, or fill a bucket with water and dish soap. You may even want a can of paint for stubborn stains or damaged spots. 

Collage a Wall

This tip is especially great if you live in a rented apartment or home and can’t paint your walls according to your color preferences.

Instead, cover a wall with a “collage” of photos and other items that you love.

If you’re worried about it looking cluttered, there are a few things you can do to prevent that look.

Try using the same style and color frame for every item. Or, use pictures that are all converted into black and white or have the same dominant color. Alternatively, stick to a theme: use only portraits or images of places you’ve traveled to and love.

Control the Clutter

This advice is one of the most tried and true. If you want to create a calm atmosphere in your home, you need to control the clutter.

This is another instance where renting a storage unit can come in very handy. Instead of having to get rid of all your precious mementos or other items, you’re holding onto for another reason, store them safely. 

In Summary

Transforming your home is easier than you think. It still might take some patience and elbow grease, but we promise the results will be worth it.

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