Decorating on a Budget
Do you love challenges and being creative? Decorating on a budget allows you to do both. Ideas are plentiful on the net, so first determine what you want to decorate.
When we decorate, we give a little something of ourselves. It becomes personalized. We can keep it for ourselves or share it with others. Gifts take on a more sentimental meaning when the giver personally decorated the piece.
Do you want to redecorate or decorate a house, a room, a wall, a set of furniture, a piece of clothing, something to give as a gift, or your garden? Are you thinking of a particular color scheme or theme? Will the project need new material or paint? Here are some points that will help see your project through to completion.
Set your budget.
It can be fun to allot a project a certain amount of money. Creative mechanisms within our brain see this as a challenge and rises to it. The project will be more satisfying, once accomplished, if we know that we stayed within the boundaries we set.
Do a little research.
Check out what other people have done with the item or area you are decorating. Go to sites like pinterest.com, countryliving.com, and betterhomesandgardens.com to get some great ideas. For instance, pinterest.com has a photograph of a cute idea for an extra toilet paper roll holder and another idea for turning an old chest of drawers into a bench seat. Old lamps, unused stationery, and photo albums are great for personalized gift ideas.
Shop and Scout
Shop, or scout for what you need, which can include scouting around your house and yard for materials. Secondhand and thrift stores, flea markets, and yard or garage sales are full of treasures waiting for you to find. The thing about well-known secondhand stores these days is that they are expensive if you are shopping for clothing or furniture. It is also impolite to haggle on prices at secondhand stores that support the homeless or the handicapped. On the other hand, negotiating the asking price is common at flea markets and garage sales. Many enjoy this aspect of shopping.Continued on the next page