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10 Ways to Improve the Home Without Spending Money

Revamp your space by moving things around and creating simple displays

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Original Article: Marina A. Fernandez Photography: Jilson Tiu (Main Photo)

Many of us believe that to be able to give the home a new look, we need to bring in a new furniture piece or allot a budget for sparkling accessories. While it pays to invest in these must-haves from time to time, you don’t always have to shell out thousands to give the home a makeover. Recycling what you have, working on a new layout, and regular decluttering can help you improve your space without hurting your pocket. Here are 10 must-dos to consider:

1. Revisit your home’s layout.



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Can you move around freely without bumping into a chair or table? Rearranging your furniture can improve room circulation and traffic. To get started, place the largest piece against the longest wall. Keep the rest of the area clear so you have enough space to move from one area to the next with ease.

2. Say goodbye to one piece.

Do you have too many chairs in the living area? Do you really need a huge sofa in a compact sitting area? Revisit how you use the space and remove one piece that you don’t really use to make it more spacious and functional.

3. Go for clutter-free tabletops.



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Are you displaying too many décor pieces, books, and photographs? Keeping it sleek and minimalist can help create an illusion of an airy space. Whether you’re sprucing up a coffee table, a work desk, a side table, or a dining table, remember that less is more.

4. Maximize an available outdoor area.

Outdoor areas like a balcony, a lanai, or a porch can function as an extension of the living or dining area using furniture pieces you already have. Consider moving some of your seating pieces and extra tables outdoors to create a functional nook.

5. Trust a tried-and-tested rule.



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The easiest and most reliable way to improve a small space? Working with mirrors, of course! Turn a compact dining area into an elegant space by installing a large mirror on one wall.

6. Make it symmetrical.

A formal room arrangement is the best choice over a haphazard layout to make the home look more spacious. Set your sofa against the wall, place an armchair beside it, and consider leaving the space in the middle free from obstructions.

7. Separate the areas using existing pieces.

In a small condo unit, it’s common to have an open layout with the common areas occupying a huge chunk of the floor space. Define each area using area rugs or separate the living area from the dining nook using a cabinet or a freestanding shelf.

8. Work with nifty storage solutions.

In any home, it’s important to have enough storage for your belongings. Take your creativity to the next level by maximizing every inch of space. Turn unused corners into storage with corner shelves or incorporate slim, customized shelves. You can also install wall-mounted storage units to make the most of the vertical space and shop for multipurpose must-haves like storage ottomans.

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9. Hide your belongings.



The space behind doors, nooks under the sink, and the surface between overhead cabinets and the ceiling can be turned into storage spots for your essentials. Keeping your belongings out of sight can help you achieve a cleaner, more streamlined space.

10. Create captivating displays.

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If you can’t hide some of your stuff, you might as well display it. Choose the best pieces in your collection and turn it into a vignette you can display on a shelf, on a side table, or on your countertop. You need to keep these spots free from clutter so make sure you keep it simple and that you edit the items you’ll display.

This article is based on a story published last July 2014.

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