Despite having six kids and no money my Nana, Betty (or Big Nana as my kids called her- ironic because she weighed maybe 100 pounds) always managed to have great home. My Nana passed away three years ago but my kids still remember her saying she loved them "A bushel and peck and a hug around the neck."
Here are some tips inspired by her to keep your house fresh and loving with very little money:
1)CLEAN- I know. I know. Don't hate me, but seriously nothing feels better than a clean house. Especially when you wash the floors and baseboards. COST: ELBOW GREASE (and maybe $5.00 for a cloth a bottle of Murphy's Oil Soap). I should take my own advice here!
2)Move your furniture around. Sometimes just changing a position of a chair or sofa can give your whole room a new feel. Plus moving the furniture is a good opportunity to clean out those dust bunnies (I know enough cleaning already). My Nana was known to move entire rooms by herself- including pianos and sofa- I still don't know how she did it. COST: Yep, ELBOW GREASE
3)Get your sewing machine out and whip up some new pillows or curtains. Just kidding, but that is what my Nana would do. She would not only sew all six of the kids clothes but she also made her own drapes, pillows, and slipcovers. Lucky for those of not as handy and crafty we can rely on our friends at Etsy or maybe luck out at Home Goods or an antique shop. Here's a link for one of my favorite sources for great throw pillows on Etsy, A Pop of Color. COST: Maybe $80.00 for a new set of fun pillows.
4) Get out your baking sheet and start baking. Nothing makes a house feel more homey than homemade goodies. My Nana always had some fresh blueberry bread or molasses cookies baking. Here's a little secret if you don't bake or don't have the time- a little ground cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled in a pot of water simmered on low smells like your baking but requires none of the work. COST: FREE! or pretty close to it.
5) Borrow from another room. Don't be afraid to hit up other rooms in your house. Sometimes that lamp from the guest room could be just the right fit for you entry. COST: FREE!
She was so loving to all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Nana, we will always love you "A bushel and peck and a hug around the neck!"
See You Later Alligator!