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Sunday, February 24, 2013

No money decorating

     Do you have a lot of great ideas of what you'd like to do to improve your space but are short on cash?  OOOHhhhh let me tell ya! I've been there plenty of times! In fact I'm there right now!

I want to first stress that being content is key, and that's hard to do! There is always going to be someone out there who has more and nicer and better than us. There just will be. And as soon as we get what we think we need something greater is going to come along and suddenly what we have doesn't look so great.

The flip side of that is also true. No matter how little we have there will always be someone with less.

Decorating our homes seems kind of a like a selfish luxury or waste of time in the grand scheme of all things. But lest you feel guilty about this let me assure you that its not!

Our home is the shell of our lives. It is the stage upon which we live our lives. It is our shelter from the harsh realities of this world and a refuge in the time of storm. Of course the foundation of our home is the most important part. My security is in the person of Jesus Christ and a foundation built on him is the only one that will truly last.

If we live in a space of disorganization and disarray our lives may begin to reflect that reality.

from google images

When we have a home that is ordered and calming it is easier to live that kind of a life. The Bible says to do everything "decently and in order". Now that wasn't just referring to how we keep our homes but it certainly can apply there as well.

Please don't assume that if your house is a mess than your life will be too, {because I'd be in trouble!}  but if we allow the mess to control us it becomes self-defeating.

Just to keep it real, here's our house today:




Lets move along, shall we! ;)

So what do we do if we want to create an inviting home but don't have the money to accomplish that?

Here's what you can do:


1}     Clean and organize what you have. This sounds simple enough but there is something truly amazing about getting rid of the clutter, purging what you don't need and neatly arranging what you do have.


2}     Re-purpose and re-imagine what you have. Can you use those old baskets in the attic to organize your kids shoes and boots,  take those cinder blocks out in the garage and layer them with boards to create shelving for your basement, or make a craft table out of the old door in the shed.


3}     Re-arrange. I love this one and I do this all the time! By re-arranging your furniture and accessories it keeps your space feeling refreshed and re-energized. That vase you have on your dresser might look even more amazing on your mantel, moving your sofa a different way might help create better flow in your living space, and grouping together all those individual pictures might make an impressive gallery wall if brought together. 


4}     Use what you have. Case in point, I really want to incorporate more navy into my living room space and I can't just run out and buy some fabulous navy accessories. So I went "shopping" in my basement. I pulled out all of the books we have that have navy spines and used these on my hutch and bookshelves. This added just the touch I was looking for and I didn't have to spend money.







5}     Barter. Talk to a friend who is good at some skill that you might need and offer something you have. For example, a friend who is a tiler might tile your back splash in exchange for you painting his living room. Be creative! You might also offer to watch a friends kids who has a good eye for design and might be able to give you some good ideas for your home.



An investment in your home is never a wasted investment. {Just remember that the people in your home are a more worthy investment!} So start digging in those closets, you never know what you might find!

I have a few more projects that I will share with you coming up that didn't require any money, just using what I have. So stop by again soon!







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