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How To Make Your Home Look Brand New For Zero Money

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There’s nothing like spending a few weeks indoors to make you want to redo your entire house! But since most of us don’t have the time, energy, or budget to devote to a home makeover right now, it can feel like isn’t much you can actually do to improve things.

But luckily for all of us, you don’t actually have to spend any money to refresh the look of your home! And that’s exactly what we’ll be talking about in today’s post. :-)

Today I’ll be sharing a simple 7-step process you can use to refresh the look and feel of any room or area in your house. By the end of this post, you’ll see just how easy it can be to freshen up your home decor without buying a single thing!

How To Refresh The Look Of Your Home Without Spending A Dime

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Step 1 – Declutter

No matter what area of your home needs an overhaul, the best place to start is with some good old fashioned decluttering. Get rid of unnecessary items as needed, as well as things that don’t contribute to the look and feel you’re trying to achieve in that room.

(Don’t have a particular look or feel in mind yet? Never fear! There’s nothing wrong with figuring it out as you go, and the remaining steps in this process will offer plenty of opportunities to experiment with different looks.)

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Step 2 – Repair

While you’re decluttering, make a note of any items that are in need of maintenance or repairs. Making simple repairs, removing stains, and lubricating squeaks and creaks can go a long way towards improving how you feel about your space and the stuff in it!

Focus on simple repairs you can do with the stuff you already have at home. For instance, if you don’t like the color of some of the frames you have, feel free to paint them if you have paint on hand!

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Step 3 – Rearrange

Once you’ve finished making repairs and cleaning things up, try rearranging the major pieces of furniture in your space. Rearranging a room (or even repositioning things) is one of the easiest ways to make your space feel brand new!

There’s no pressure on you to get it exactly right the first time, so try not to sweat this step too much. You can always rearrange it again if the first attempt doesn’t feel quite right, but try to stick with a new arrangement for a few days at least to get a better idea of what you actually dislike, and what simply feels different.

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Step 4 – “Shop”

Once you’ve rearranged the major pieces of furniture in the space, it’s time to move on to the larger decorative elements. Take a tour of the rest of your house to “shop” for items that you can display in the space you’re working on.

Look for like wall art, framed objects, candlesticks, and other decorative elements that would look nice in your redesigned space. (And don’t forget to look through your storage for great finds you may have forgotten about!)

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Step 5 – Style

Next, evaluate “styled” display areas like open shelves, bookcases, coffee tables, etc. If you have decorative knick knacks anywhere that have been displayed in the same spot for years, swapping them out for something else can have a dramatic effect on the space!

If you have a lot of decorative knick knacks that you love and want to display, consider rotating your display items regularly. Find a bin or box to store the majority of your knick knacks in, then once a month or so, swap out whatever you have on display with items from the box. It’s an easy way to continue enjoying your favorite knick knacks while also reducing clutter.

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Step 6 – Think Natural

Consider ways you can bring natural elements into the space. This can be as simple as adding a vase of fresh-cut flowers from your garden, or even displaying an interesting branch on a shelf or wall.

Incorporating natural elements into your decor adds texture, a feeling of freshness, and will help make the space more inviting and relaxing.

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Step 7 – Embrace The Everyday

And finally, think about ways you can “embrace the everyday” within your space. It’s easy to lost in the details when you’re decorating, so refocusing on the purpose of the space can help you create the perfect lived-in look.

For instance, comfort is key in a bedroom, while organization and function are more important in a home office. Keep those functions in mind and draw attention to everyday items as you put the finishing touches on your newly refreshed space! :-)

Which room or area in your home could use a makeover like this?

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  • I have two or three boxes with different decorations in them,more summery items and more wintery items. I also have different holiday items. I rotate them as the seasons change or a holiday is coming. Now it’s Memorial day so I have some red white and blue lights,some berry stems in the same colors etc.

  • One of the easiest spaces in my home to change regularly is my dining room table. I have a collection of colorful tablecloths that I rotate along with ceramic baskets and serving bowls that hold lemons, limes, oranges, and even potatoes, shallots, and garlic. Sometimes melons join the mix, sometimes flowers that I place in one of my collection of ceramic pitchers. It always give me a lift to see different colors and patterns and since the dining room table is visible in my very open concept home (think bowling alley here!), from either the front door or the lanai in the back, the simple rotation magically perks up the entire space.

  • Thank you for this – less is more! I started “shopping” my house several years back and have been rotating my decor by the season for several years now, although I have made inexpensive purchases of items that fit my style. I keep several glass apothecary jars out year-round and just change the contents, sometimes with the most “ordinary” things like fall leaves or empty cotton bolls. More recently I’ve been trying to stretch my creative skills to make things myself – like pillow forms using old t-shirts so that I can add zippers to my decorative pillows and simply “unstuff” and store the covers when not in use.

    I’m also a huge fan of #7 – elevating everyday, practical items to home-decor by displaying things like dry goods, dog/cat treats, bars of soap, wood cleaning brushes and of course books, out in the open.

  • Your suggestions are perfect! I’ve done staging for a large real estate office and what you’ve come up with is all good! The first “decorating” thing in my opinion before anything else is – Clean, Clean, Clean. Make everything smell great. The rest is frosting on the cupcake. Thanks for a great post!

  • I did the rotation of the collectibles a few years ago and forgot where I put them. Happy surprise recently when I came upon them. So don’t forget where you stored the “off” group. And a bonus — I found I could throw some of them out since I had gotten used to their absence. One more step to decluttering.

  • Really love your thoughts/guidance on this topic. Readers might consider seasonal containers for their beloved items. I have at least 1 clear plastic tub for each season and others as well; such as ‘January’ or ‘Summer’. By the time each season or holiday arrives it feels like a visit with old friends when I set out the items.

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