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Low-Cost Home Upgrades

Quick and easy ways to update your home. Savvy saving tips and time-tested shortcuts to decorate, organize, and clean your home.

Quick and Simple Updates

5 Unexpected Uses for Leftover Wallpaper
Quickly and easily dress up your home―brush and paste not required.

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Home Upgrades That Pay Off

These 9 eye-catching items will instantly increase your home’s curb appeal.
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Simple Updates for Old Furnishings

You don't have to buy new furniture to transform a room. Simply change the hardware.
Photo: Jonny Valiant

6 Steps to Painting Unfinished Wood Furniture

Transform a flea market find with a fresh coat of paint.
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25 Home Improvement New Uses for Old Things

Surprising new spins on duct tape, dryer sheets, and more.
Photo: Antonis Achilleos
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Paint Unfinished Wood Furniture
dryer sheet used to wipe sawdust

More Easy Ideas

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22 Ways to Arrange Your Shelves
Transform your bookcases with these stylish rearranging tricks.

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Instant Decorating Upgrades With Old Linens
Ten fuss-free projects add stylish touches to your home.

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Organizing the Bedroom Checklist

Your bedroom should be a haven, an oasis of calm. Keep it that way with a few simple organizing tricks.

  • Stock the nightstand drawer. Stow away more workaday accoutrements, such as an eye mask, earplugs, lip balm, and hand and foot creams.
  • Use under-the-bed space. Store out-of-season clothes and other items in containers made of plastic, canvas, or wood. Keep cold-weather blankets in large plastic containers for extra protection. If you choose wood boxes, opt for cedar, which helps deter moths, and line the containers with plain unbleached muslin to counter the wood’s acidity. Use canvas for delicate items such as cashmere sweaters, which need circulating air. Make sure all clothing and blankets are cleaned before storing.
  • Arrange the night table. Display items that look good and make sense: an alarm clock, reading glasses, a water carafe and/or glass, a vase, a book (or a small stack of books), and small framed photographs. Gauge the space, though: You don’t want it to feel crowded.

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