We love nothing more than a good bargain here, you only have to take a quick look at the hundreds of offers we’ve posted in our deals section to see that. We love to help you to save money by sharing deals and offers on the items you love. At the time of writing, we’re all stuck at home in lockdown due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. I don’t know about you, but sitting and staring at the same 4 walls day in day out has made me realise just how much our home could do with a good sprucing up! I’ve been having a think about the jobs I’d like to get done both now and once the lockdown has ended that will make a real difference to the look and feel of our home without costing a fortune.
When you start to think about all of the jobs you’d like to do around the house, it can quickly become really overwhelming. That feeling of being overwhelmed can lead to a complete lack of motivation to do anything. It’s worth picking just one or two jobs to get done that will help to brighten up your home and really lift your mood.
1. A lick of paint
Even if you’re happy with your colour scheme, giving the walls a fresh coat of paint will make a real difference. It’s amazing how quickly the walls get grubby – especially if you’ve got children and pets rubbing themselves all of them! If you do fancy a fresh colour, then even better. Think about the overall feeling you want to achieve and work out which colours will help you to create that. Have a look at this colour guide to help you work out what might work well in your home.
2. Brighten up your windows
Windows make such difference to your home. Natural light is incredibly important both for our physical and mental wellbeing. Make sure you keep your windows clean so that the light can really flood into your home. You can use a window vacuum which makes the job so much quicker and easier. You can often find these on offer and they really do make it easier to achieve smear-free windows!
To really brighten up your windows, you could think about replacing your windowsill, particularly if you’ve still got wooden sills which can easily get damp and look tatty. This doesn’t need to be expensive, and it will make a real difference.
Light coloured curtains are also a great way to make the room feel brighter – you could pick up some fabric from eBay and set yourself a project! Alternatively, your local market is a great place to pick up curtains at low prices.
It always amazes me just how much “stuff” we have! Every so often, it’s a great idea to have a good sort out and less stuff inevitably means less clutter. A clutter-free home really does make you feel better. You could list your items for sale on local Facebook groups or on eBay and then use the money for decorating or upgrading something in your home.
If you really can’t get rid of anything, then make a point of tidying up at the end of each day. Get the children to tidy away their toys, stay on top of the washing up and you’ll be amazed what a difference it makes. It’s such a simple way to spruce up your home without spending a single penny.
4. Brighten up the garden
Even on the dullest of days, it’s nice to look out on a pretty garden. Keep on top of cutting the grass and think about adding some colourful perennials that will come back year after year. The beauty with these is that you pay for them once and you’ve got pretty flowers for years to come.
If you don’t have much outside space, then window boxes are a great way to add a pop of colour to your home.
You would be amazed at the wonderful things you can find in local charity shops that will really help to spruce up your home, and I love spending a happy half hour trawling through the rails too. You might find an unusual ornament or a stunning lamp that will really brighten up your home. You could also find curtains, throws or even rugs if you know where to look. Adding a few unusual accessories to a room really does make a difference.
If you’re thinking of sprucing up your home and you’re on a budget, then spend a little time thinking which rooms you want to prioritise and take it from there, but it’s easy to see from these tips that sprucing up your home really doesn’t need to cost a fortune.
*This is a collaborative post.