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Budget Decorating Checklist

Expert design blogger Holly Becker of decor8blog.com shares budget-friendly tips.

Paint a piece of furniture that needs freshening up.A new color can make a dramatic difference. Head to a home store or local paint shop and ask where they keep cans of paints that customers didn’t end up taking, or ones that have been returned due to incorrect color choices. You can walk away with an entire gallon for a quarter of the price.

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Ornament storage box

Attic Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the clutter.
  • Donate or toss.
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Mail and pen

Mail-Organizing Checklist

  • Create an in-box.
  • Set up a recycling bin.
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White towels

Linen Closet Organizing Checklist

  • Assess your closet.
  • Rejigger the height of your shelves.
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Food on a shelf

Pantry Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the contents.
  • Store foods systematically.
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Shelving unit

Basement Organizing Checklist

  • Assess the clutter.
  • Donate or toss.
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Green hangers

Clothing Closet Organizing Checklist

  • Edit your wardrobe.
  • Decide what to store.
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Plastic hangers

Closet Organization Checklist

  • Install double rods.
  • Add a valet hook.
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Bed and nightstand

Organizing the Bedroom Checklist

  • Stock the nightstand drawer.
  • Use under-the-bed space.
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Ryobi drill

Home Renovation Checklist

  • Make a wish list.
  • Determine your budget.
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Tire

Organizing the Garage Checklist

  • Assess the clutter.
  • Donate or toss.
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White towels

14 Things to Do Before Houseguests Arrive

  • Have a spare key made.
  • Make the bed with clean sheets.
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Interior of a dollhouse

Home Buying Checklist

  • Decide how much you can spend.
  • Check your credit reports to find out your status.
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Castoffs

Before-You-Sell Checklist

  • Collect all the components.
  • Make everything look like new.
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Three keys

Sell Your Home Checklist

  • Make small fixes.
  • Decide whether to work with an agent or self-sell.
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General Tools 10-inch Hawk one-hand ratcheting pipe wrench

13 Tools Everyone Should Have on Hand

  • A putty knife
  • A standard flat-nose claw hammer
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Illustration of woman looking at a price tag

Tag Sale Supplies Checklist

  • Clear signs.
  • Money to make change.
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Cardboard box

Moving Checklist

  • Sort and purge.
  • Research.
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Bag filled with gardening supplies

Start-a-Garden Checklist

  • Assess your exposure.
  • Designate your planting areas.
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Newsletter checklist

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