After the holiday season has finished and all the decorations have been stored away, the little things that aren’t quite perfect about your home seem to jump out at you all at once. Whether your home needs a simple spring clean or a large scale revamp, now is the time to start thinking about renovating your space.
At Modernize, we appreciate that homeowners and renters don’t always have the funds for complicated home remodeling projects, so we’ve come up with a few ways to upgrade your home without breaking the bank.
Start with the outside
If your home is anything like ours, it can be hard to know where to start. We think that you should put your best foot forward with an affordable exterior and entryway redecoration project. Increase your home’s curb appeal by tidying up your front lawn (a little landscaping goes a long way), de-cluttering your porch or driveway, and restyling your entryway. A fresh coat of paint on your front door will instantly brighten up any home, but if you rent and aren’t allowed to paint, a handmade wreath and comfortable porch furniture will do the trick as well. As for the entryway itself, a sideboard with ample storage, some greenery, and a few knickknacks will transform even the smallest, darkest hallway!
Declutter your home
For most of us, spring cleaning is all about scrubbing, organizing, and tidying your home down to the smallest spoon. While this kind of deep clean is important, we think one of the best ways to clean up and upgrade your home on a budget is with a good, old fashioned, de-cluttering session. Sort clothes, toys, home decor pieces, and everything inbetween into keep, donate, and discard piles (make sure to be ruthless with your sorting). Although this type of project will take some time to complete, we promise that it will make your home feel more spacious without adding a single new piece. As a bonus, you might even find a few stored or forgotten items that you really love. The best part about this upgrade? It costs absolutely nothing, and might actually make you some money if you play your cards right.
Rearrange your living room
Once you’ve de-cluttered your home and have realized exactly how much extra space you have, it might be time to rearrange the furniture. After the holiday season is the perfect time of year to do this kind of job, because you’ve probably noticed which tables, chairs, and rugs trip you up and become more of a nuisance than home decor. We recommend enlisting the help of a family member or friend for the job. Remove all breakables and accessories from the room before attempting to rearrange anything. You’ll be surprised at just how much a simple switch around will change your living space (again, not costing you a dime).
Embrace up-cycling trends
If you’re looking for a true DIY project for your home upgrade, consider up-cycling old furniture to create trendy new pieces or using reclaimed products such as wood and piping to make something entirely new. If you have old side tables or chairs lying around, a simple sand and repaint will suffice. For something new, scour local thrift stores, flea markets, and yard sales to find vintage, well-loved pieces. With a little work, these upcycled pieces can become unique, integral parts of your home without splashing too much cash (not to mention the sense of accomplishment you will have after completing your own up-cycling DIY project!).
Change kitchen fittings and fixtures
Traditional kitchen remodels are expensive, time consuming, and stressful (not to mention the fact that these kinds of projects just aren’t possible in rented properties). For tired, worn out kitchens that could really do with an affordable boost, consider removing old cabinet and drawer handles, kitchen taps, and light fittings, and replacing them with shiny new models. If you’re particularly worried about your security deposit, save the old fittings and replace them when you move, keeping the newer versions for your next home.
Add a pop of color
For homes that are really feeling the mid winter slump, a burst of color is the remedy. Add bright hues, vibrant patterns, and interesting artwork to your living room, bedroom, or entryway with a variety of home decor accessories. We love soft, warm throws, bold, patterned cushions, and large modern art pieces dotted throughout the home. This kind of project can be as low-cost as you like and works especially well for rental properties, where larger painting and renovation jobs aren’t allowed.
Whether you own your home or rent, adding a few small upgrades to your home can dramatically improve the time you spend at home.