If you want to spruce up your home, it might seem impossible if money is tight. But, there are actually many fun ways to improve your space without spending a fortune.
1. Clear the clutter.
It’s incredible what a tidy space can do for your home. So, before you grab $100 and head out to purchase decor, declutter your space. If there are a lot of things lying around, split the task up into a few days to avoid overwhelm. If possible, start with the hardest areas first. And once you’ve purged all the extras, deep clean your space to finish off the job and give it a fresh feel.
2. Organize your space.
Decluttering allows you to get rid of unused goods or items you no longer need. This frees up space in your home, but you can take things a step further by organizing everything that remains. Organize apparel, footwear, handbags, and any other items in your closet. Next, move on to the kitchen pantry and cabinets. And if you really want to maximize your space, grab a few decorative boxes to stow away your belongings.
3. Add a backsplash to the kitchen
Peel and stick backsplash, anyone? It looks just like the real thing, minus the investment. Plus, it’s much easier to install. Simply remove the paper and attach the side with the adhesive to the wall. The entire job should only take a few hours, at most, to complete.
4. Enlarge your favorite images and frame them.
Skip the fancy artwork from the store and use your own images for decor. You can have them enlarged by a commercial printer. Then, find an inexpensive frame, hang them up, and you have fancy artwork on your walls for a fraction of the cost.
5. Pick up a few area rugs.
Area rugs are a lovely addition to your space. They can bring out the colors in your furniture, drapery, or another decor. You don’t have to buy oversized rugs. Smaller options will do. I’ve purchased several rugs under $100 on Amazon, and all of them have been great quality.
6. Give your floors a makeover.
When was the last time you shined the floors or shampooed the carpet? If you missed these tasks during the decluttering and deep cleaning session, no need to hire a professional and spend hundreds of dollars.
A better idea: head to the local home improvement store, grab a bottle of tile, laminate, or hardwood shining solution and get to work. But be sure to test the product in a small spot first to avoid damaging your floor).
Don’t have a carpet cleaner lying around? Simply rent a commercial-grade carpet cleaner to handle the job for you. It won’t cost much and your carpet will look new once you’re all done. And if you prefer to let the pros handle it for you, use coupons to cut down the cost.
6. Change the knobs on your kitchen cabinets.
For just a few bucks, you can swap out or add new knobs to your kitchen cabinets. Another option: paint your cabinets to give them a fresh, modern look.
7. Pay the thrift store a visit.
You never know what hidden gems you’ll find at the thrift store. So, before you search for items to give your home a cost-efficient makeover, look for bargains at the local thrift stores first.
8. Purchase fake floral arrangements.
Flowers make the perfect centerpieces for your dining room table. But, don’t spend a lot on arrangements that won’t last very long. Grab fake ones that look real. They’re relatively inexpensive and will last a lifetime.
9. Paint your bookcase and use it for storage.
Do you have an old bookcase lying around? Instead of discarding it, apply a fresh coat of paint and use it as a decorative piece. You can place colorful boxes, pictures, clocks, and just about anything else on it to spruce up your space.
10. Add an accent wall to the bedrooms.
By adding an accent wall to each bedroom, you can alter the entire look of the space. And you can do the same in the kitchen, living room, dining room, or home office. If you’re unsure of which colors may work best, look to Pinterest for inspiration.
12. Cover ugly walls with wallpaper.
No desire to paint? Wallpaper will suffice to cover the unpleasant shades of paint or blemishes on the wall. It’s inexpensive to purchase and easy to apply, so your walls will have a new look in minutes. And you won’t break the bank.
13. Make new accent pillows.
Bored with your accent pillows? Visit the fabric store and pick out a few selections that complement your decor, along with pillow stuffing. And, no need to whip out the sewing machine to put your pillows together. You can use fabric glue to finish off your homemade masterpieces.
14. Buy a new comforter set.
If you’re lucky enough to find a new comforter set on sale, snag it to change the look of your bedroom. You can try to find a set at big-box retailers or Home Goods stores.
15. Cover your sofa with a slipcover.
Is your sofa a constant eyesore? Don’t toss it just yet. Spend a few bucks on a slipcover to disguise the wear and tear.
The Bottom Line
You can upgrade your home even if money’s tight. With a little thrifting, paint, and imagination, you can give your home the makeover it deserves for less than $100.
How do you spruce up your home on a budget? Feel free to share your best tips and tricks in the comments below.