October 1, 2008

Top Decorating Tips that Don't Cost a Cent

There's no place like home. Everybody has their own idea of what is comfortable and stylish, which is exactly what your own home should be to you. It doesn't always take a big budget to make improvements that can really change your mood when you walk into your door. Here are my top tips for decorating that won't cost you a cent--changes that can make your home your favorite place in the world.

1. Go Clutter-Free: This concept will change your life. I love taking things I can live without to the thrift store. Anything I don't need to store, see or pick up to dust is something that is cluttering my life. Added bonuses: get a receipt because it's all tax deductible, and you'll be helping out a charity.

2. Rearrange Furniture: this change can improve the entire "feel" of a room. Functional can also be pleasing to the eye. What are the focal points in the room? Does the furniture allow you to see those features? If you get stuck for ideas, ask a friend for suggestions or go to one of the many online decorating sites. I personally like ratemyspace.hgtv.com. You can upload pictures of your room and the wonderful people who go to the site will give you great ideas for improvement.

3. Remove Items: Sometimes we accumulate too much stuff! That little table you bump into every time you pass it may not be necessary in the room. Are you a book worm? Great, but you don't need to display all your books. Do you need all the nick knacks? Put a few things in the basement storage, and live with the change for a few days. You might find that it frees up your mind!

4. Group Like Items: if you have 3 or more similar items, it's a collection. Collections should be displayed together.

5. Say No to Faux Flowers: I'm going to go out on a limb and say never have faux flowers. Just not a good thing.

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