Make Your Home Look Better Without Spending Money

I’ve said in a previous blog post, that I’m a firm believer that it doesn’t need to cost a lot to have a beautiful home. In fact, there are lots of ways to make your home look better without spending any money at all!

A lot of home décor content that I’ve come across is not practical or fiscally responsible for someone like me who is on a budget. There’s parts of the home décor world that even seem a little elitist… This is one of my main reasons for starting this blog. We all have homes and we all deserve to love them.

So here’s 10 home décor tips to make your home look better that don’t cost a thing:

10 ways to make your home look better

1. Clean your home

a clean home always looks better

Boo. I know, worst advice ever. But here’s the silver lining: you don’t have to do a full top-to-bottom clean to make your home look better. If you’re too busy or just feeling lazy, there’s a few cleaning duties that pack the biggest punch or get you the best bang for your buck, or whatever cliché you want to use. Depending how much time you’re willing to spend, consider from the following list: vacuuming, washing (and putting away) the dishes, cleaning the bathroom sink, putting away laundry, and a general tidying up. If you’re willing to go the extra mile (woo all the clichés), consider washing the windows if they need it. Moderately dirty windows are not usually the most noticeable source of mess, but freshly cleaned windows can really transform the overall feel of a space!

2. Rearrange

rearrange with only your favourite decor
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In my first blog post, I outline a few ideas on how to re-decorate with things you already have so I won’t go too in depth here. But one strategy I rely on, is removing all the decorative pieces from an area and then adding back only your favourite ones. For example, maybe you have too many decorative cushions and blankets in your living room (although you can never really have too many, right?). Then, only put back the ones you like the most. Even if you’re not aware of why you like something better, there’s a reason for it. Rearranging with your favourite décor will better show off your personal style and will make you happier in your space!

3. Declutter

declutter to make your home look better
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Not sure what to do with the items from the last tip that aren’t your favourite? Read on. Here is my guarantee: decluttering will never make your space look worse. Never. There’s tons of decluttering tips out there on the interweb, so I won’t go into detail. But if you’re not sure where to begin, take a walk around your home.  Whichever room has the most stuff out and about, start there. BONUS: Having less stuff around your home will also make the first tip much easier! The less stuff you have, the less you have to tidy and the less time you spend tidying. High-five for that!

4. Clear your surfaces

keep your surfaces as clear as possible
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The number one thing that makes a space look messy or cluttered is having busy surfaces. Kitchen and bathroom counters, vanities, dressers, coffee and end tables, kitchen and dining room tables, console and buffet tables, can all be magnets for stuff. Having nothing on any of these surfaces will definitely make your place look stark, but there is a happy medium. A few nice decorative items like a photo frame, plant, vase, or a book or two will achieve that happy medium and make your home look better. Try grouping functional, non-decorative items like keys and remotes in a little basket on whichever surface they usually end up.

5. Make your bed

make your bed without too many cushions
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So, I usually only do this when people are coming over (JBP would not be proud) but I’m trying to be better! There’s a lot of literature and research out there that suggest if you start your day off by doing this, you’ll have a more productive day. I love my decorative cushions don’t get me wrong, but I find what often keeps me from making the bed is having a too complicated set-up. One well-placed cushion can make all the difference and will take less time to arrange than a specific arrangement of 9 or more pillows. If you are that person with all the pillows and still make your bed, then all the power to you!

Bonus tip: a tossed on throw blanket on the end of your bed will elevate your bed styling. You don’t even need to fold it!

6. Hide your cords

hide your electronic cords behind furniture and rugs
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

Electrical things tend to be eye sores. However, no one expects you to pretend not to have a microwave, TV, or computer by keeping them out of sight. But, tidying up all the cords can go a long way to make your home look better. For items with multiple cords like TVs, computers, and stereos, try bundling the cords with twist-ties and then hooking them onto the back of the piece of furniture they’re on with Command strips. You can also try hiding them under parts of a rug that don’t get stepped on. If you can’t completely hide them, straightening them out and bundling them together along the leg of a table or desk will help tackle the chaos.

7. Rehang curtains

hang your curtain rod close to your ceiling and extend it to be wider than your window
Photo by SUNG YOON JO on Canva

Changing the position of your curtain rod can do a lot to open up your space and even let in more light. You don’t want to hang your curtains right along the top of your window. If your ceiling isn’t crazy high, try hanging your curtain rod just a couple inches below the ceiling. Your window will look bigger and more magnificent! Bonus points if your curtains are long enough to gently sweep the floor.

Another great option is to extend your curtain rod to be wider than your window. This will allow your curtains to actually hang in front of the wall on either side of the window when open. This will make your window look way bigger and let in more light!

Maybe you don’t have curtains in your home, but you have a shower curtain or a beaded curtain. The same rule applies for these guys, if you have some extra length, hang them as high as possible. This will lengthen the height of your space.

8. Take care of your plants

having only healthy plants will make your home look better
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I’m not a perfect plant mom, but I’ve definitely gotten better (I think). Anyway, healthy plants can make a space look fresher and even more luxurious. Don’t feel bad about composting the dead ones and the not-dead-yet ones (trying to make a Monty Python reference here). Consistent watering and fresh soil when needed go a long way. Some plants will even let you cut off the dead parts without reacting badly. If you’re overwhelmed by your plants, consider giving some away to friends.  It’s a better look for your home to have fewer, well-kept plants than a whole bunch that are barely surviving. I’ve learned this the hard way…

9. Tackle textile stains

use dish soap to tackle carpet stains
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Stains are never cute but they can also be a pain to deal with. Most of the time, you don’t need fancy stain-removing, textile-shampooing technology. A drop of dish soap can go a long way. Especially when it comes to carpet and rug stains. Even if you’ve turned a blind eye to them for some time, try rubbing in a drop of dish soap until the stained fibres are saturated. Then gently rub with a damp cloth to clean up the soap.

If the stain is on a cushion or a blanket, remove the cover, treat with Resolve and launder according to the instructions. Let the stain solution sit for longer on older stains. In any case, dealing with stains doesn’t have to be difficult work, you just have to decide to get around to it.

10. Get creative

create something new for your space
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Tap into your creative side whatever it is – maybe you like to draw, calligraph, paint, colour, sculpt, craft, or refurbish. Don’t be shy, you’re likely better than you give yourself credit for. And if you’re not, maybe there’s someone in your household who has artistic talents.

If doesn’t even have to be “art”. Painting a few objects throughout your home in the same shade can help create a more cohesive colour scheme.

There’s also a lot of fun DIY videos on YouTube on how to make modern art like the framed picture above (this is another great way to reinforce your home’s colour scheme) or a macramé wall hanging.

If you’re feeling stuck, see what supplies you can scavenge around your home and go from there!

Well, there you have it! My top ten tips to make your home look better without spending money. If you liked this post, I would really appreciate if you subscribed! Either way, I hope this post will help make your home a little bit better.

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