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6 Ways To Update Your Space On a Budget

6 Ways To Update Your Space on a Budget

If you’re anything like me, you may have noticed that the range of TV shows you enjoy has changed some in your twenties. You still enjoy catching up on Game of Thrones or the occasional rerun binge of The Office or FRIENDS.

Some nights though, you just want to settle in with a good home improvement show. Something about watching a space being completely transformed with a whole new look is intriguing and inspiring. So many times, though, I find myself after it’s all said and done looking around at my own ‘same old’ space.

So, what do you do when you want an updated space but don’t have the budget for a Joanna Gaines style makeover? You get creative!

After doing a little research, I found it was surprisingly easy to make your space feel brand new without spending tons of money. I was so excited to try out a few of the ideas and we think you’ll like them too! Whether it’s a house, a room, an office, wherever you spend most of your time, here are 6 ways you can update your space on a budget.

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6 Ways To Update Your Space On a Budget

1. Paint

Never underestimate the power of a pop of color. One of the first things I did when I chose a room to update was added a new coat of paint.

Picking the color can be tough, but it’s a chance to embrace your creativity. Watching the room change from a bland eggshell to a cool gray was exciting and changed the whole feel of the space in just a few hours.

Fortunately, a can of paint won’t shouldn’t set you back too much, and remember, a little can go a long way. If you’re not up to the task of painting the entire space, you could paint an accent wall. If you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can paint a piece of furniture. Having even that small addition in color can be just what your space needs. 

2. Simplify

Another great way to switch things up won’t cost you a dime. Take a little time to simplify your space.

Get rid of clutter, things you don’t need, or no longer enjoy. It could be a shelf of old books collecting dust or a desk you never use. This could be a great time to have a garage sale or donate your items to a good cause.

By getting rid of items you no longer use or enjoy, you have more space which can make an area have a bigger, cleaner feel. Not only that, but by getting to the bare bones of your space, it can make it easier to decide the new direction you want to take it. 

Related: How Decluttering Will Actually Change Your Life

3. Rearrange 

Simplification is great, but you don’t have to get rid of everything. Utilize what you already have!

Use your imagination and take different decor of furniture from one place and move it to a different space. Having things in one spot for too long can make a space feel stagnant over time. By putting things into a new surrounding, it may make you enjoy them all over again as if they were new.

According to the idea of feng shui, rearranging can also make you feel energized, refreshed, and balanced. Seems like an even better reason to give this one a try.

4. DIY 

This one is a personal favorite of mine. Since the dawn of Pinterest, it’s been much easier to access a ‘how-to’ on almost anything. With the click of a button, we can have a list of materials, step-by-step instructions, and even photos that show us exactly how to do what we need.

When updating on a budget, what more could you ask for? There are so many ideas to choose from. Whether it’s a window frame photo display or building a jewelry holder, you can save a few dollars by doing it yourself.

5. Secondhand Shop

It’s true what they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. If you’ve simplified, rearranged, and decided now it’s time for something new, you can do that too!

Second-hand stores can get a bad wrap for having used items, but in reality, they’re truly underrated when it comes to budget shopping.

Places such as Goodwill, Habitat for Humanity, and even locally owned thrift stores can have some hidden treasures. These places check all the items that are donated to make sure they work and are clean. Most of the items donated are things people just no longer want. They are sometimes a hit or miss but check out estate sales and yard sales too.

You may not find the specific item you’re looking for, but you may find the perfect item you didn’t even know you needed. Plus, the search is always fun.

6. Have fun! 

This last step is one of the most important. Make sure whatever you decide to do, big or small, that you have fun. Challenge yourself to try new things and be creative.

Turn the secondhand shopping into a treasure hunt. Invite your family and friends to help you with some of your projects. In the end, you’re doing this for you. When you finish your space and have a chance to sit back and enjoy it, you’ll not only feel pride in your accomplishments but also have the memories you made. That is what really makes a space your own. 

Have you updated a space on a budget? We’d love to hear some of your tips and tricks, so add them in the comments below! 

About the Author


Maggie is a 2014 graduate of Wingate University where she received a B.S. in Communications with an emphasis in Media and Journalism. She enjoys binging Netflix documentaries, exploring new places, and will never turn down a good book. She hopes to establish herself in a career that allows her to help others. In her free time, Maggie can be found writing or adventuring with her two dogs.

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