6 Gastos-Free Ways to Redecorate and Upgrade Your Home

Who says you need to spend for a home makeover?

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Whether you’re renting a small condo or are living in your old family home, sprucing up your space once in a while does you a world of good. Moving things around doesn’t only keep things clean and interesting, but also gets the energy of your space flowing. And while you probably think that redecorating is bound to cost you money, there are actually a lot of ways to upgrade your nook without spending at all, because oftentimes, the best fixes are done by just working with what you have.

So why not take a holiday or a weekend to freshen up your space? You probably already have everything you need without realizing it, and it’s all a matter of how creative you can be:

1. Do away with things you don’t need.

You may want to try the KonMari Method on your things or do a bit of Swedish Death Cleaning before anything else so that you’ll get to see what you intend to keep and what you want to let go of. Donate what you can, and properly dispose of what you can’t. This may seem overwhelming, but it’s best to start with one area of your home (say, a bedroom), then proceed from there. If you’re working on a huge space, you may want to set aside a few days for decluttering. Don’t worry—this is already the hardest part of the job, so once you get through this, you’re pretty much halfway done.

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2. Change your curtains.

Changing curtains can dramatically and instantly transform your room. Go for light, airy hues for a more open vibe, or if you feel like it, you can even go without them to let the sunshine in!  

Tip: Curtains should get washed every three to six months to avoid having them accumulate too much dirt and dust.


3. Rearrange your furniture.

Moving things around helps change up the flow of energies in your home whiel giving your home an instant makeover. You can even go with few feng shui tips to help you get started.

Tip: When rearranging your furniture, make sure that you consider traffic flow. As The Spruce notes, “People should not be tripping over furniture, or each other, to pass through the room.” Moreover, you should position your things in a manner that makes your movements more efficient (for example: placing your tray of keys near your door).


4. Add color to your bed’s headboard.

If you have old sarongs, simply drape them over your headboard and pin them in place. If your bed doesn’t have a headboard, hang your sarong on the wall behind your bed for a touch of color.

5. Change up your throw pillow cases.

Tattered patterned or statement shirts can be turned into throw pillowcases! Simply cut off the collar and sleeves, add a zipper to one end, and sew the other end close!


6. Bring in the greenery.

If you live in a house with a garden or if you have access to plants that you know can survive indoors, bring them in! Keep an eye out for Maidenhair Fern, Parlor Palm, and the like, as these love can thrive even in dimly-lit spaces.

H/T: Apartment Therapy 

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