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5 Budget-Friendly Tips for a Better Home in 2016

What have you promised yourself this year?


Have you made a list of your New Year's resolutions? Many of us plan to drink more water, eat more fruits and vegetables, sleep for eight hours or more, and spend more time with our loved ones. And as we seek out more of the good things (and less of the bad stuff!), we should also think about what we can do to improve our home this year.

There are many ways to make the most of any space—whether it's an ancestral house in the province, a condo unit in the city, or something entirely different. To help you get started, here are 5 resolutions that you can make for your home:

I will say goodbye to things that I no longer need

As you may have noticed earlier, many of the common New Year's resolutions include the word, "more." After all, who doesn't want to earn more, travel more, and do more? 

However, this doesn't have to apply to the home! In fact, we think most dwellings look messy and cluttered only because there are just too many things! If you want to have a neat, organized, and maaliwalas sanctuary in 2016, you can donate or recycle all of the belongings that you don't use anymore.

RL Tip: We also highly recommend for you to take a long, hard look at your closet. This is the perfect time to let go of the clothes that you haven't worn in years.

Photo by Dairy Darilag.

I will print out and frame our favorite pictures

Many of us took family portraits last Christmas and New Year. However, our parents, grandparents, and other relatives who don't use Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram might want to see the pictures too! With this in mind, you can bring the original files (not the resized files on our social media accounts) to a photo studio and have them printed out. You should also frame these and display your favorites on your walls.

Photo by Paolo Feliciano.

I will create a better space for what I value

If you don't have enough time or money to renovate your entire home, you can start with one area. To help you decide on what to focus on first, think about your plans and what you want to do more in the coming months.

For example, if you want to cook or bake more, you should plan a kitchen makeover. On the other hand, if you want to read one book per week, you can create a reading nook. Aspiring freelancers can also think about setting up their own home office!

Photo by Ocs Alvarez/ACME Visual Productions.

I will work on one home improvement project every month

Another way to help you change your home on a tight budget and a busy schedule is to take on one home improvement project every month! You can begin by making a list of what you want to improve in your home. With this list, it would be easier for you to figure out the 12 things that you can do for a better home.

For example, for this month, you can donate or recycle unused things. Next month, you can paint walls. You can also create your own pocket garden or install metal hooks behind cabinet doors.

RL Tip: To keep you motivated, you can document the stages of your project. This allows you to look back on the experience as well as share it with friends. Take note of the tips and other ideas that you can share with them as well.

Photo by Michael Angelo Chua.

I will cherish and take care of my home

Our place may not be the ideal space that we have always dreamed of, but it is the only home that we have. In order to make the most out of our abode, we should learn to appreciate it everyday.

For example, instead of complaining about the size of our condo or apartment, we can actually think of it as an advantage. After all, a tiny home is easier to clean, maintain, and decorate. This change in mindset would help us discover the opportunities and possibilities within the four walls of our haven.

Photo by Michael Angelo Chua.

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