Making Your House Look Nicer

Keeping your house clean and tidy can be something that gets away from you on a regular basis if you don’t dedicate the time on a weekly basis to picking up and cleaning parts of it. And really, who can blame you for neglecting the tidiness of your home when life gets in the way?

The thing is, a lot of projects that could boost your home’s value can be quite spendy and time-consuming. We understand your plight with those situations, though, and have come up with a few cheap ideas to bring out the most in your home.

Pick up things laying around

More than anything, cluttered things just sprawled out in random places of your home can make your place look messy. Even if your home is dirty and in need of mopping and dusting and more, picking up clutter is one of the best things you can do to give the appearance of “cleaning up the place.” Just grab a few cardboard boxes to carry around and put like items in to make it easier so that you’re not making ten plus trips up and down your stairs to put them away in their proper spot. Those cardboard boxes will make your life a lot easier.

Mop your floors

Believe me, getting out the mop and bucket isn’t always the most fun, especially because it means you have to do a great job sweeping your floors beforehand and then tackle the task of mopping. The thing is, once you’ve got your floors cleaned and looking shiny, it seriously stands out to guests and can make the whole place shine.

Touch up trim and gutters

Repainting an entire home can be seriously expensive. However, a few buckets of exterior paint will allow you to brighten up the trim and gutters at your home. Because we spend less time looking at the outside of the house and more time focused on the interior, it’s easy to ignore the trim of your home or porch, but a fresh layer of paint will help make both stand out while also giving your home the appearance of nicer and cleaner overall.

These tasks can really fly by if you tackle multiple in a day or have some help getting them done. I always notice that once I begin cleaning, I’ve got an insatiable will to keep going until everything is taken care of. So, dedicate a day to cleaning or enlist some help and you’ll thank yourself after the entire place is looking tidy.

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Cardboard Décor: Trendy and Clever

Cardboard boxes are probably something that goes in and out of our houses on a daily basis.  And if not on a daily basis, than multiple times a week.  Everything comes in cardboard!  Our cereal, our office supplies, our who knows what else that we deal with at work, our Amazon purchases, and fifty percent of everything else that we purchase.  So it goes without saying that figuring out what to do with all of those leftover cardboard boxes is kind of a daunting task.

We are tempted just to throw it all out, but some of us recycle our cardboard or use it for bonfires if we have that luxury.  How about DIY home projects?  Because cardboard actually makes some pretty awesome and intriguing home décor!  Here are ten ideas to get you started:

Bookshelves

One of the easiest ways to get rid of a large amount of the cardboard is by making a cardboard bookshelf.  You can cut out an shape, like a cloud.  Cut out the design on multiple pieces of cardboard and glue them together being sure to leave the square in the middle for the books.

Book

Wall Caddy

If you’re going to make something you want it to be useful, right?  Making a wall caddy out of cardboard boxes is another way to use up a lot of cardboard, all while releasing some of those creative juices and causing your friends to be jealous.  More or less, you cut out geometric shapes and overlap them, but don’t take my word for it.  There are templates online that you are going to want to follow.

Caddy

Tube Artwork

How many toilet paper and paper towel rolls do you think you go through in a week?  I’m guessing a lot, because my own family of four really racks them up.  Start saving those tubes, and in no time you will have enough to make some tube artwork.  Cut the tube into rings and give the rings a bend so that they begin to take on a leaf shape.  Arrange them on the wall in the shape of a tree.

 

Square Artwork-

My favorite piece of cardboard artwork is a collage.  Cut random sizes of squares and begin to lay them out and glue them on top of each other.  Make the piece as big as you can.  We have a very narrow hallway, and this piece of artwork is perfect for that space.  Even a regular picture winds up sticking out too far and making the hallway seem confined.  This is perfect for a transient person to make, because you can throw them away when you are done with them and make a new one when you get somewhere new.  They also make great, homemade gifts!!