Making a house a home means looking for ways to improve your space constantly. Whether your needs change or your house simply shows signs of age, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to give your home a lift.
It may not seem like a home improvement, but taking care of clutter is one of the best ways to make your home more functional and enjoyable. There are a ton of books that offer tips, but the key steps to ban clutter are to get rid of everything you don’t need and then make sure to have a designated place for everything you decide to keep. This will save you time and give your home an instantly more homey feel. Banishing clutter frees up both your physical and mental space. Studies show that a cluttered living space can cause anxiety and unnecessary stress, so it’s worth it to make your space as simple and clutter-free as possible.
Make the Entrance Enticing
The first thing you see when coming home is your entrance. Whether you have a front door or an elaborate wrap around porch, make your entrance a welcoming place. Painting your front door is an easy way to give your entire house a facelift. You can also add lighting that will be beautiful and offer plenty of visibility at night. Place plants on your porch, put a bird bath near your bushes, or hang bird feeders in the trees close to your house. All of these simple upgrades make your house look cared for and complete.
Don’t forget the entryway once you are in your home as well. When you open the door to your house, make sure there is a clear path. Put a mirror in your entryway to make the area look bigger. You can even add shelves or tables that serve as an organization station off to the side. This makes it easy to put your keys and other important items in the same place each time you enter the house. Add photos, plants, and paintings to showcase your style the minute you step inside the house.
Wallpaper is making a comeback, and it’s not the ugly designs you may remember from decades past. Elaborate styles and radiant colors can add a splash to any room in your home. Though having an entire room wallpapered can be costly, you can wallpaper one wall in a room to give it character and draw attention to the space.
Create a Guest Space
No matter the size of your home, it is possible to create a guest space. You may have an entire room or you may simply be looking for a way to squeeze in a place for friends to crash when they visit. Either way, you don’t have to spend a ton. Make sure anyone who visits has a place to put a bag and a place to sleep. This isn’t as hard as it sounds. Instead of investing in a couch and a bed for a guest room, purchase a couch that also has a pull-out mattress. The right sofa mattress can be just as comfortable to sleep on as a bed, but it doesn’t take up near the room. Plus, when your guest is gone, you can use the sofa to lounge.
Spend Time Caulking
Caulking is an easy, inexpensive way to solve a variety of home issues. Unsightly mildew in your bathroom can be cleaned, and putting caulk over it once you are finished can make the entire area look pristine. However, that’s only the beginning of what caulk can do. Exterior caulk can be used to fix holes or tears in vinyl siding. You can use caulk to repair holes in your gutters. This will keep water from flowing towards your house, and it can keep you from having to replace your gutters. Using the right kind of caulk, you can even repair cracks in your driveway before they spiderweb out even more. For very little cash, caulk offers a ton of DIY projects that will make your home look better and stay in better shape.
You can improve your home without breaking the bank. Simply choose budget-friendly options that offer long-term, noticeable results.