When you’re growing up, you dream of the day that you get to own your own home. Even when we’re adults, we do it as we browse around on Pinterest. You can paint the walls that color of blue you love, you can put a rug into every single room of the house, and you can get a huge farmhouse table. In short, you’re excited to own your own home so you can decorate it however you please. Once you get to a point in life where you can afford to, and finally do, purchase a house, you’ll realize that furnishing said house is expensive. Budget home decor just became your new best friend.
When you move into your first home, you generally have more space than you had living with your parents, roommates, or even in an apartment. So when you’re packing up your things to finally move into your own home, you don’t really feel the need to get rid of anything. When you move into a smaller space, it makes sense to go through your belongings and throw out or donate anything that is not a necessity.
Regardless of the size of the home you’re moving into, you should always spend time going through your things and getting rid of the things that you no longer need. Think of it as a clean slate. Even though you’ll be on a budget for your new decor, think about the things you’re moving. If you’ll need to replace it soon, get rid of it. For example, thrifted couch you got for $50 on Craigslist. It’s covered in stains, it’s not a color that you like, and it has suspicious lumps under the fabric surface. If it doesn’t fit your dream home, ditch it. Try adopting a sense of minimalism, as you get rid of the things that you no longer need. Bonus points if you can sell any of your old things, because you can dedicate that money into refurnishing your new home with things that you actually like.
Pick a theme
One way that people end up spending more than they intended to, is by not sticking with just one interior design theme. It can be hard to stick to just one, and before you know it, you’ve spent hundreds of dollars on items that don’t match and your house looks confused. Learn a little bit more about different design styles, pick one that you like the best, and stick to it. Just a few to think about include: Modern, Farmhouse, Traditional, and Mediterranean.
Learn what to DIY
There are some things that are big enough projects, that it’s worthwhile to pay someone else to do for you. Things like painting your ceiling, installing cabinets, or reworking plumbing are things you can gladly hand off to a professional. But there are plenty of home decor projects that you can easily do yourself, to save yourself a little bit of money and still get the look and aesthetic that you want. Installing flooring is a good DIY, unless you’re trying to install new carpet. Installing hardwood or linoleum is something that you can do yourself, if you’re ambitious enough. Installing tile yourself can also be a great way to customize and update an area.
Painting and reupholstering furniture is another thing that can be done with inexpensive tools and minimal training. If you find yourself doubting whether or not you’ll be able to handle the job by yourself, do a quick google search on the project and see if you can find any blog posts from home decor sites explaining the process of doing the job and how long it took them. If you think it’s something you can handle, watch a few youtube videos so you have something to reference as you go along.
Things that are safe to thrift
You want to be careful what thrifted items you bring into your home. In most cases, you get what you paid for, and it’s possible you’ll bring home something that isn’t structurally sound, or every homeowner’s nightmare, something that’s infested with bedbugs. Whenever you bring something home from the thrift store, it’s a good idea to give it a good inspection as well as clean and disinfect it. Some things that are great are things such as vases and jars, picture frames, and small pieces of wooden furniture.