Make a good first impression: jazz up your front door with a fresh coat of paint.
Do a clean-out – after all, less stuff means more space! Hire a skip bin for those items beyond rescue and drop the rest of at charity shops.
Pick up some functional storage solutions to avoid clutter; Howards Storage World has some fantastic products for every room of the house.
Rummage through op shop bargain bins or your own kitchen cupboards for some china or porcelain plates. Pick up some plate hangers at craft stores and, hey presto, you have an attractive new wall-hanging.
Pick up some mismatched photo frames from op shops and fill them with your favourite photos. If you prefer to co-ordinate their look, paint them all the same colour.
Put up new curtains – an instant makeover that will brighten the space. Try a quirky style, perhaps a fruit print, to remind people which room they’re in!
A new colour scheme will give your tired-looking bathroom a whole new look. A deep, rich colour will make the room cosy – perfect for those cold morning trips to the shower.
While retiling your entire bathroom is an expensive and time-consuming activity, a good clean works wonders and saves you the trouble. Get rid of any lime scale build-up with an energetic scrub and refresh dirty grout with touch-up paint.
Throw out all your old and almost empty beauty product bottles. Replace them with the attractive ones you receive in gift boxes – bubble bath, bath salts and the like. To avoid clutter, pick up some storage solutions to keep other necessities in order.
Pick up some bamboo fire sticks and garden lanterns for summer barbecues or alfresco entertaining. Strings of fairy lights create a magical ambience while Chinese lanterns will add an exotic touch.
To maximise backyard privacy, use a trellis as an extra wall and plant fast-growing vines at its base.
When purchasing big items, such as furniture, don’t be afraid to ask shop assistants for their best price; in times like these, they want to sell their product just as much as you want to buy it!