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Start Saving Money Around the House

Are you spending more than 30% of your annual income around the house? According to experts, you shouldn’t be. This is what they deem the standard measure of housing affordability. Not just in rent or a mortgage, but also in electricity, taxes, furniture, household essentials etc. In reality, Americans are spending 7% more of their budget on housing than they should be, and sometimes even more than that.

More likely than not, your house is costing you too much. Here are some tips on how to cut some of those costs by changing the way you decorate.

It’s the Little Things that Count

When thinking about what to change in your home, think small. Add small details to change the overall look of your house without having to invest a lot of money into renovations or redecorating. Use things like curtains, floral arrangements, artwork, decorative pillows, and blankets to completely revamp different rooms. Your home can look stylish and curated simply by adding a handful of coinciding details.

An additional benefit of using curtains as one of the ways that you spice up a space is that it also helps you save money when it comes to your energy bill – they help keep the warm sun or chilly windows from interfering with room temperature.

The Minimalist Mindset

Decorate with a minimalist mentality in mind; it looks sophisticated and expensive without breaking the bank. With a minimalist approach, you don’t need to have decor covering every part of your home.

What Goes Into a Minimalist Look

  • Reduce Clutter Include furniture and other decor items that also function as storage. It keeps the space from feeling cluttered, while still having all of the things you need close by.
  • A Neutral Color Palette – Using bright colors can leave a space looking busy. Instead, stick to a few basic colors and use different tones of them. Still longing for a pop of color? Include gentle colors in solid pigments that still go along with the airy neutral palette. Try colors like blue or green. If your current furniture isn’t all in one color palette, or if it’s too loud for your new minimalist taste, you can use slip covers to change their look, without having to buy new furniture.
  • Textures on Textures – To keep the space visually interesting, layer on multiple different textures of fabrics that are all in the same, or similar, color. This will keep the space from feeling one dimensional. Do this by adding things like rugs, artwork, and decorative throws.   
  • One In, One Out Philosophy  If you’re looking to bring another item into your home, consider what’s already there. A common tactic among minimalists when they want something new is to get rid of something else in their house of equal or greater size.

Clean and Pristine

An important aspect of minimalism is the look and feel of a crisp, clean, space. Especially since the common minimalist color palettes of whites and pastels can easily get dirty, it’s important to regularly clean your home.

Cleaning Upholstered Furniture

Before you even start cleaning your upholstered furniture, check its tags; there could be useful information on how to clean the covers and cushions. The four common instructions on tags are a W (you can clean with water), S (No water, but you can use a solvent cleaner, WS (You can use either), or X (you can only use a vacuum). If the tag is marked W or WS then you can either spot clean the sofa or steam clean it.

For spot cleaning, use a solution of two cups of distilled water, one tablespoon of distilled white vinegar, and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap. Gently blot the solution onto the couch with a microfiber cloth, avoid rubbing it into the couch because it can harm the fibers of the fabric. Then take another cloth dampened with only distilled water and repeat the previous step. Lastly, do the same with a clean and dry cloth. Then let remaining moisture air dry.

When it comes to steam cleaning, vacuum the sofa beforehand, use the steam cleaner as directed, then open your windows to let the room air out, and use a fan to ensure that the couch dries thoroughly.   

Furniture Covers

Your furniture goes through the most wear and tear throughout the day than anything else in your home and can also be the most expensive things to replace. Plus, the furniture in your home has to deal with germs and allergens. Not only does it make sense health-wise to protect your furniture, it’s also a cheaper route to go if you want to update the look of your decor in general; furniture covers and even decorative throws can completely change the feel of a space for a fraction of the cost.

Cleaning Mattresses

The first step to cleaning your mattress is removing and washing your sheets and blankets once a week to ensure that you are getting rid of all the various germs and allergens lurking there. Make sure that you are washing everything at 130 degrees Fahrenheit because it will get rid of any dust mites. Then, you’ll want to vacuum your mattress, especially along the seams. The next step is to get rid of any stains by using a combination of a cup of water and a teaspoon of dish stop. Lastly, deodorize your mattress with baking soda by spreading a thin layer over the surface of your mattress, letting it sit for an hour, and then thoroughly vacuuming it up afterwards.

Mattress Protection

Another way to ensure the fresh look and feel of your bed is to protect it. This also means you have to clean less often, and when you do it’s a lot easier. More importantly, it expands the longevity of furniture, meaning you have to replace it less often (saving you money). Normally a mattress has to suffer through things like spills and sweat while simultaneously needing to stand up against dust mites and allergens – all of which wear your mattress down over time, leading to you needing a new one. Additionally, there are a series of health risks that accompany an old mattress. A mattress protector shields your mattress from the various spills, germs, and allergens it’s up against, keeping it fresh and in good condition for longer.

On average, Americans are spending too much money when it comes to housing which keeps their budget from going to other expenses. There are a lot of small ways that you can save money around your house simply by changing the way you decorate.

We hope these tips help you keep a few bucks in your wallet!

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