This is the time of year when many of us start itching to make some changes around the house. But it’s also a time when the days are short and budgets are tight. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to spruce up your space without a major decor overhaul. Read on for our complete list, courtesy of the folks at NousDecor, and be inspired to switch things up in your own home.

painted hardwood floors

Living Room

  • Paint your hardwood floors instead of staining them
  • Reupholster that old sofa that is covered in stains
  • Replace decorative pillows; have a summer and a winter set
  • Take down the drapes and have them cleaned
windowsill herb garden


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  • Regrout your tile
  • Change out the cabinet hardware
  • Take all of your cleaning supplies out of the plastic bottles and put them in well-labeled glass bottles
  • Plant an herb garden on your window sill

recessed shelves over toilet


  • Have a plumber come in and refit your plumbing – so there are no more drips
  • Create a fun storage cabinet for over your toilet
  • Replace the bath mat; you should have one for summer and one for winter
  • Make a skirt for around the pedestal sink, or replace it with a ready-made vanity

bedroom desk


  • It’s time for a new mattress
  • Have a set of flannel sheets for the winter
  • Make a charging station for your bedside table
  • Create a cover for all the wires for your media center
  • Create a workstation that allows you to comfortably work in your bedroom, but not in your bed