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Simple, inexpensive ways to spruce up your home

An organized home is the perfect blank canvas for new home decor projects.
An organized home is the perfect blank canvas for new home decor projects. - Gina Bell

Now that fall has arrived and the weather is getting colder, it’s the perfect time to tackle some of those indoor projects that you’ve been ignoring all summer. Don’t you love the idea of taking a little time to update and refresh your home before the chaos of Christmas begins? 

The first order of business is to organize and purge. Nothing creates space in a home like getting rid of things that family members no longer want or need. An organized home is the perfect blank canvas for new home decor projects. 

Make an effort to create assigned places for all the items in your house. Use trays, baskets, bins, shoe racks and hooks to keep clutter and mess to a minimum. You can also re-purpose thrift store finds and items you already own to create stylish organization tools. For example, you can use old vases and dishes to hold make up brushes on a vanity or pens on a desk.  

After your home is organized, the next step is to take a walk around your house and do a home audit. Go from room to room, making a list of the projects you want to tackle, and take note of the time and budget that would be needed to complete them. Then, decide what is doable and not doable at this time given the effort required and funds available. 

My favourite projects are the simple ones that have a big impact. I always find that paint is the best (and most inexpensive) way to transform a space. Painting a room or an accent wall is an obvious option for updating your home, but paint can be used in other ways too. Painting a piece of existing furniture costs very little, doesn’t take much time, and can have a big impact on the look and feel of a room.  

Changing the colour of an interior door is another fantastic idea. It can be done in a few hours, and can really brighten up a space in your home. Recently, I painted the interior of my front door blue, added an inexpensive doormat from Walmart, and crafted a simple monogram to hang on it. My front entry is now much brighter and more inviting. It was a simple project, but I absolutely love how it turned out, and I have gotten many compliments on it from guests. 

Adding and updating accessories is another quick and easy way to update decor. Print some photos (that have been sitting on your phone) and hang them on the walls in inexpensive frames, re-cover throw pillows in a trendy colour or pattern, update light fixtures, organize a bookshelf, craft a wreath to hang on a door, update bedding, purchase a new rug, re-finish a piece of second hand furniture, or rearrange existing furniture. 

There are many low cost / low effort ways to make your home bright, beautiful, and inviting. I hope you take a little time this weekend to tackle a simple DIY decor project that will make you happier and more content in your home.


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