It’s no secret that my husband and I are frugal people. This especially goes for all home improvement tasks, as we first seek to DIY. If the task is something for which we’re unfamiliar, we put Google to good use and research like crazy, or we watch several YouTube tutorial videos in hopes of gaining the necessary knowledge to perform the task.
There have been several occasions when the home improvement task requires a professional, but even in those cases we do our due diligence to find the best-priced professional without sacrificing quality. Frugality at its finest!
From tiling our master bathroom to installing our kitchen cabinets, my husband and I have tackled numerous home improvement tasks over the years. We saved so much money on those home improvements because we didn’t pay for labor. Knowledge and hard work really do go a long way.
One of the biggest lessons I learned is that home improvement takes on so many faces. You don’t have to build a table or know how to sew to be able to improve your home. You can do simple things around your home, that take no skill, to create a happier, improved space.
There have been several instances when I wanted to spruce up our home, but had a zero dollar budget. I realized having a zero dollar budget does not mean you can’t improve your home; it just means you have to be willing to put in a little work. If you’re determined to have a no-spend weekend or simply want to live a more frugal lifestyle, there are several home improvement tasks you can do without spending a dime.
The best part of the following list of home improvement projects is that you don’t have to be a big-time DIYer or have any type of handyman background to be able to do these. Anyone who is willing to do a little bit of work can easily implement these ideas.
HERE ARE 6 EASY HOME IMPROVEMENT IDEAS THAT COST NOTHING:
PURGE LIKE CRAZY
Clutter can be a real eye soar. No one likes coming into their home and seeing copious amounts of junk everywhere. One of the easiest, quickest, and low-effort ways to improve your home is by ridding it of unwanted, unnecessary, or unneeded items.
While it may be a bit cumbersome, this task doesn’t have to be daunting. When I do a massive home-purge, I like to start by getting four boxes or bags and marking each as one of the following: throw away, recycle, donate, and give-away. Then, I to go room-by-room and purge like crazy.
It’s important to not overlook sorting through the interiors of your furniture and cabinets. It’s easy to rid items that are sitting out in the open and on top of shelving, but much of your clutter is hidden away in storage – and that’s still clutter in my eyes! As you’re purging your drawers, cabinets, and closets of unwanted items, you may be delighted to find gems and goodies you forgot you owned. Uncovering these items will be important for the next idea on this list.
DECORATE USING THINGS YOU OWN
You can easily decorate your home by buying cute décor items from the store or online, but that can cost a pretty penny. It’s so easy to go buy something new instead of using what you already own. Many times, we tend to overlook and forget about things we have in storage that could be used as awesome décor pieces – and are absolutely free.
Take a look in the storage areas that you have created in your home. Your kitchen cabinets are a great place to start. You can repurpose items that you have in your cabinets as great décor pieces. For example, try dusting off an unused pitcher and using it as a flower vase.
Decorating your home with “new” items that you found in your cabinet is a great way to improve your home at zero cost to you. It’s one of my favorite ways to get a new look without spending any money. If you do find some hidden gems to use for decoration but they’re not the right color, try painting them.
PAINT ITEMS TO LOOK LIKE NEW
This idea is only free if you have paint leftover from previous projects. You can easily put that paint to good use by painting items you have around your home.
Paint doesn’t have to be used just to spruce up decorative items. You can easily use paint around your home to give it a brand new look. A few of my most favorite paint-related projects I have done include whitewashing my brick fireplace, redoing my bargain buffet, and up-cycling my plant stands.
If you’re into painting, check out these other paint-projects you may be interested in doing this weekend!
ORGANIZE YOUR GOODS
Guess what? You don’t have to buy those pretty $20 wire baskets, totes, and bins that you see in magazines to have an organized home. Of course, they can help with organization and do look beautiful, but it’s important to realize you can achieve an organized space without spending money.
If you are willing to spend a little on organizational storage but want to keep it budget-friendly, check out your local dollar store. You could also find some cool vintage pieces at a thrift store, though they might be a bit more than a dollar store find.
However, keep in mind that you can still improve your home through organization without spending any money at all.
The first step to having an organized home is to gather like items. Once you do this, you’ll be able to make a ‘home’ for everything. By simply dividing up like foods in your pantry, you’re already on your way to an organized food closet. If you’re looking for a no-cost option to store like items, start saving your shoe boxes to use as storage bins. You can even wrap them in pretty paper to make them look like a matching set. The same idea can also be applied to cereal boxes or larger boxes you receive in the mail.
DO YARD WORK
You have to be willing to get your hands dirty for this one. Creating a clean and tidy yard space doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, you can improve your home’s curb appeal by simply doing yard work. While it does require time and hard work, it monetarily costs you absolutely nothing.
There are several free home improvement tasks you can do outdoors including:
- pulling weeds & throwing them away
- raking leaves & throwing them away
- removing overgrown or unwanted shrubbery
- transplanting large flowers or plants
- removing dead leaves and stems from flowers
- collecting & storing flower seeds for the following year
CLEAN YOUR HOME
Improving your home can be as simple as cleaning it. It may not be a home improvement project in the traditional sense, but cleaning and maintaining a clean home significantly improves it. Hopefully you already have some cleaning supplies on hand. You can simply put them to good use clean your space.
Try implementing these habits to maintain a clean home.
I hope these ideas inspire you to tackle your next home improvement project for free!