On a Shoestring: The $0 Home Update

A lot of us are still licking our wounds after the holiday splurge. But at the same time, we want to upgrade and start the new year fresh. Here is how can you eat that cake and have it too.


Let it go

There’s no better way to upgrade your space than to purge. Go through (all) your belongings and ask yourself “Do I love it? Do I use it?” If the answer is “No,” then out it goes. Donate what’s still in good condition and sell what might be attractive or useful for someone else. You get to keep everything you love, but only the things you love. Now, when you look around, you’ll see nothing but your favorite things. This will only cost you time, and it will give you and your space an injection of fresh energy.




The Move without The Move

If this leaves you craving more: our specialty, The Move without The Move, may be just what you’re looking for. We’ll take you through the whole process of packing up your living space, updating floor and walls, and then bringing back only the things you love to surround yourself with. Can you imagine a better way to start the rest of your life?




Switch it up

Once you’ve gotten rid of all the things that cluttered your home, it’s much easier to see all the great things that you have. And maybe it’s time to see it in a new way. Try taking an item from one room and switch it with an item from another room. This can be done on many different levels. Rooms can switch purpose entirely (the dining room becomes a bedroom and vice versa), furniture can trade places (the nightstands are switched for the end tables by the couch), rugs could swop jobs (dining room rug goes under the coffee table and the living room rug moves into the dining room), plants and lamps find new spots. There’s no cost involved, and you might even gain some muscle mass in the process.




Rearrange your art

A big impact, small cost trick, is to re-hang your art. Gather all your pictures, paintings and other art in one spot. Then try them in new places. For example, the smaller pictures that used to be scattered in different rooms can be hung together as a gallery wall. You might have to buy a few new hooks to hang your art, but other than that, this re-fresh trick is for free. Often, the art switcheroo gives the whole room a new feel and will inspire other changes too. The ceiling is the limit.





The pictures can be found on my Lotta Coffey Pinterest boards.

About the Author:
Charlotte Coffey is the principal designer of Lotta Coffey Design & Interiors, and creates authentic, modern Scandinavian interiors in San Francisco, Marin County and the Wine Country. In her spare time, she enjoys eating, running and painting things white.

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