Even though moving into a new home is one of the most important milestones in a life of any family, the truth is that it can be a very challenging task to accomplish at the same time – especially if you’re on a budget. However, it definitely isn’t impossible, so keep on reading to learn how to set up your new home without spending a lot of money. Check out our tips and enjoy!
Assess what you really need, not what you want
Needless to say, we all have a vision of a home that looks like a perfect home from a magazine, but you know what? This is completely unrealistic and highly unlikely to happen – unless you have professional decorators and cleaners at your disposal, of course. Their services can cost a lot, which is why you need to set realistic expectations and assess what you really need. So, instead of spending a fortune on your perfect, luxurious home, you should start small and get the essentials first. For example, you need a place to sit and something to eat with, so make sure to buy a comfy couch and a few basic cooking utensils. This is a great way to prevent overspending.
Come up with a list of priorities
Once you walk into your new home, you’ll probably get overwhelmed with too many to-dos that need to be accomplished. However, there are ways to keep stress at bay, and one of them is coming up with a list of priorities you’ll stick to no matter what. So, take a pen and a piece of paper, write down every single task, and prioritize them with numbers 1, 2, or 3. Tasks from the first group such as cleaning, unpacking, and dealing with safety concerns should be completed within a week. The second group that includes maintenance and organization should be completed within the next couple of months, whereas the third group should incorporate projects and improvements that should be tackled within a year. These often include some minor renovations, landscaping, and important purchases.
Decorate your home personally – not professionally
Yes, we know that all those bare walls can seem quite unbearable once you move into a new house, but guess what? There are a lot of amazing ways to decorate them like a true pro, without having to spend loads of cash, which is exactly what you should look for when you’re on a budget. Hiring a professional decorator is obviously off-limits, so fill up all that blank space with something beautiful and inspiring while adding a personal touch at the same time. Start off with framing a few family photos, so get several inexpensive frames and do it all by yourself. Some meaningful quotes and sayings are also a good idea, as well as a couple of potted plants, so make them a part of your home décor and you’ll see a major difference.
Get the house cleaned up thoroughly
Even though your new house is probably quite clean, you’ll still want to clean it up thoroughly, right? Well, the first step is getting the necessary tools and supplies such as brooms, mops, buckets, a vacuum, and cleaners for each type of surface. Washing down plumbing fixtures, carpets, cabinets, and counters indeed is a time-consuming job, but it will certainly make you feel great about the house. However, you’ll probably want to replace some things, most likely in the bathroom, so start with smaller bathroom accessories such as a toothbrush holder, a soap dish holder, and a towel holder, and proceed with bigger ones such as a showerhead, a basin, and a toilet. Replacing these is what a lot of people want to do, no matter how clean they are, especially if these are stained or damaged.
Closet organizers are an absolute must
Last but not least, upgrading your storage space is of the utmost importance – particularly if you moved to an older house which has a small closet. In fact, the majority of closets in such houses feature just a simple pole and a shelf, which is far from enough for a modern family. Accommodating all your stuff can definitely be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be like that if you know what you’re looking for. There are extremely affordable closet organizers that come in numerous shapes and sizes, so get a few of these and sort out your clothes in the first place. The same goes for your shoes, kitchen utensils you don’t use on a daily basis, and laundry detergents and other cleaning supplies, so buy extra organizers or shelves and live a mess-free life once for good!
As you can tell, setting up your new home doesn’t have to be a challenging task – not even when you’re on a budget. If that’s your ultimate goal, all you need to do is to stick to our tips and you’ll make it happen – that’s a promise!
Guest post by Patrick Adams
About the Author
Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.
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