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5 Budget-friendly Tips for a Better Home in 2015

Affordable ways to create a stylish and comfortable space


The season for making resolutions is upon us once again. As we promise to take better care of our health, to be more productive at work, and to spend time with those that we love most, we must also remember that a good life often begins with a good home.

If you are pressed for time or short on funds, you can start with these simple steps that can instantly improve your personal space.

Let it go
Queen Elsa from the Disney movie Frozen was on to something when she belted this out on the snow-covered mountains of Arendelle. Begin 2015 by saying goodbye to the mess and clutter within the four walls of your own space. Your home can look a hundred times better when the floors are swept, the surfaces are polished, and everything is kept spic and span. 

January is the perfect time for you to examine your belongings carefully and objectively. Set aside the things that you no longer use and donate them to charitable organizations. 

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Frame and display family photos

With the growing availability of mobile phones and digital cameras, it has become easier to take as many photos as you like. However, these pictures are often left stored on our gadgets, devices, and social networking sites. Put a stop to that practice today by printing out and framing your favorite snapshots.

You can also frame greeting cards, post cards, posters, and interesting swatches of fabric. These personalized pieces can help turn your house into a home. 

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Replace drawer knobs
Another way to quickly add character to any room is to spruce up your cabinets. Since factory-assembled dressers can look plain, boring and uninspired, you should consider changing the pulls. Customize your furniture with different kinds of unique drawer knobs available at hardware stores. 

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Buy wooden hangers

Have you ever noticed how clothing stores look so neat and organized? Aside from having well-planned shop layouts and custom-made furniture, these boutiques are complete with hangers of the same size and style for a uniform, streamlined look.

Replace your mismatched hangers with chic but sturdy wooden pieces that look good and are also great for your clothes. The shape of these hangers help prevent creases on garments’ shoulders and separate individual pieces well.

Find treasured antiques
Complement store-bought or customized pieces with cherished heirloom from your parents, grandparents, and relatives. Since they have been passed on to you, these precious items have sentimental value and can add to the charm of your home. Keep an eye out for chests (locally known as baul), mirrors, lamps, and other finds that seem to tell a compelling story. You might also spot smaller décor like trays or vases. 

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