Four Top Tips For Sprucing Up Your Home On A Budget

Everyone wants a lovely home, but it can be so expensive to try and replicate the houses you see online. Sprucing up your home doesn’t have to be expensive though, and if you’re willing to think outside the box, along with spending some time and putting in a little effort, you can easily make your home feel homely, letting it show off your personality without breaking the bank.

1.Second Hand Furniture
Furniture can be extremely expensive new and can sometimes seem impossible to afford if you’re on a tight budget. One way to overcome this is by buying second hand, whether this is through online auction sites, through adverts on social media or going to your local charity shop. Simply swapping out old furniture for something different can help to make your room feel completely different and much of the furniture available second hand is in amazing condition and very affordable, so it’s always worth keeping an eye out for what bargains you can spot near you.

2.Paint Over Wallpaper
Stripping wallpaper can be a pain and can make decorating a nightmare. It is time consuming and can be extremely costly to buy enough wallpaper, especially if it has patterns that you need to line up as this can lead to a lot of waste. If you’re wanting to make a room look completely different and have a fairly neutral wallpaper, you can buy a tin of paint and paint over the wallpaper, adding colour to a room and sprucing it up without having to spend lots on wallpaper, paste and equipment.

3.Upcycle
Whether this is upcycling what you already have, or buying very cheap second hand and upcycling that, doing this is a brilliant way to add your own personal touch to the furniture, as well as making it fit in with whatever colour schemes you have going on. It can be fun having a project on the go and you can have a huge feeling of accomplishment when you’ve finished, alongside having a completely unique piece of furniture which will be envied by all your friends.

4.Reuse
Things such as jam jars can make lovely vases once they’ve been washed out, along with giving your home a cute, rustic vibe. This is so cheap to do, but doesn’t look it, making it a great way to add homely touches without having to spend lots of money. There are plenty of other ways to reuse things that are commonly found in the home and just a quick search online will have you full of ideas in no time.

There are lots of different ways to do up your home without having to spend your entire pay check, and these are just a few of them. No matter what you choose to do in your home, make sure that you reflect who you are and show off your personality – then there is absolutely no way that you won’t love where you live.

Is Keeping My Shed Organised Really That Important?

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The main reason that anyone tends to have a shed in their garden is for the storage that it provides them. The odd person may choose to build a shed as a feature or to enhance the look of the garden, but as a whole, sheds are practical for most gardeners. This being said, many gardeners do not utilise their shed to the best of their ability, leaving it messy and chaotic, meaning that it actually creates more problems than it solves and that sorting out the shed just becomes another job that is added to the ever growing to do list.

Deciding to take a day out to organise your shed does, to most people, sound like a waste of time. Why would you want to spend time sorting out your shed when the grass needs mowing and there are bulbs that need to be planted? It is often bumped down in the list of priorities, with very few people realising what having an organised shed can really do.

Keeping your shed organised helps to keep your gardening organised, ensuring that it can always be an enjoyable experience, rather than something that you grow to hate. A tidy shed allows you to quickly and easily see what tools you have, what seeds and bulbs you have and what supplies you may be running out of, making for efficient gardening, and so saving time in the long run.

Organisation isn’t always easy and there are many, many different ways that people choose to organise their sheds, depending on what is in them. If you use your shed to store DIY supplies as well as gardening equipment, you may want to split the shed into DIY and gardening, ensuring that you know where everything is. This is where things such as jam jars can come in handy, allowing you to keep small objects such as different types of nails easily separated. When it comes to organising your seeds, some people will opt for filing the packets into sections of either a folder or box, by season or type of plant. This is a great way to stop seed packets being scattered around the shed, also allowing you to see what you have planted and what you need to plant, letting you refer back.

On top of small organisation solutions, it can be a good idea to organise the tools in your shed too. Whether this be by storing smaller tools such as trowels, secateurs or forks in large plastic drawers that you can label so you know where things are, to installing hooks to hang the larger tools on, it is all about planning what will work best for you with the space that you have available.

It may sound very insignificant, organising a shed, but you really will be surprised by the effect of having a tidy storage space. Yes, there may be other jobs that you would rather be doing, but by setting aside a day to organise your shed, not only may you discover some hidden gems, but you’ll be making life a lot easier in the future too.