Revamping your home does not have to be expensive. In fact, a little time and effort can give your space a fresh lease on life with minimal impact on your bank account. Here are a few easy and inexpensive ways to revamp your entire house while still being able to go out with your girlfriends next Saturday!
Step 1: Get really excited about decluttering and then actually do it!
Nothing gets in the way of a well-styled home more than clutter. It can be such a challenge getting rid of things, as most of us are natural hoarders—at least to an extent. You know how it goes…Aunt Pearl passed her beloved owl collection onto you, so the sentimental value attached to it now means your dining room is owl themed. This is nonsense, and it’s getting in the way of having a fresh space that reflects YOU, not Aunt Pearl.
I’m not going to pretend that I am Miss organized. I’m not. I make the biggest messes and have had some major hoarding episodes. Ask my college roommates. They kind of wanted to kill me because of the messes I’d create and the crap I had everywhere. But, being a mom, decorator, and an extremely mature and ladylike female (that’s a joke), I’ve had to learn to declutter and be an organized human being.
When decluttering, it’s important to remember that everything in your home should be there for a reason. It either serves a purpose, or it’s a decorative accessory that enhances your space. That being said, the first step to declutter is to go through everything and create 3 piles: keep, donate, and questionable item.
Here’s my pile protocol:
Just a little side thought…
De-cluttering and ridding yourself of things that you don’t really want or need creates an opening that essentially acts as an invitation for more to come. This doesn’t only apply to your things. It applies to your friendships, career, and everything else. Don’t allow yourself to be constantly bogged down by too many material items OR too many commitments unless they’re super important. Give yourself a little extra empty space in your closet and a little unused time in your life. This will allow new to come. Whether it be a new vase, a new friendship, or a new opportunity. New is good. It’s different. It’s fresh. It’s fun. I guess that’s my tangent on life advice.
Step 2- Once you feel nice and organized get painting
Paint is an inexpensive (and occasionally messy) way to make a huge difference in a room. Whether you’re lightening up a dark space or adding a bold accent wall, painting can be quick AND inexpensive. Here are some of my favorite neutral paint colors that will look great in any room. But don’t forget to swatch on at least 2 walls before selecting your color. It’s amazing the difference light can make.
Step 3: Once your paint is dry re-arrange your furniture
Rearranging furniture is one of my favorite ways to re-vamp a room. Furniture can typically be arranged several ways within a space and will look great in every layout. Check out my tips and tricks for arranging your furniture before you start.
Step 4: The BEST part…Accessorize!!!!!
Now we’re onto the exciting part……Accessories! Accessories are key in creating that lived in look— the look you get when your space totally reflects you. As if you spent years and tons of thought and time to get that well-curated collection of decorative items you just adore that work perfectly in your space. Truth is, it doesn’t have to take years and years. It does take thought, however. DO NOT just go out and buy a bunch of “stuff.” Have a plan. Select your color scheme. And decide what needs decorating. When shopping for accessories keep three rules in mind:
1. Select items based on your color scheme. Be sure to include neutrals as well.
2. Vary the size and shape of the accessories. You will want some tall narrow accessories, like vases, long and flat accessories, like trays and books, and a variety of shapes in between.
3. If you LOVE something you can almost ALWAYS make it work.
Also, check out my guide to accessorizing before you shop. It should give you a lot more insight!
And a few FAB accessories you might like…
I hope this was helpful!! Don’t forget to send pics, and, as always, Happy decorating!
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