This is one of my favourite topics and pretty much goes hand in hand with homesteading. I redecorate regularly by spending no money. This is actually something that I have been doing since I was in elementary school in my childhood home.
My parents had little money, and certainly nothing to spend on decorating. For some reason redecorating the house came naturally to me, and I did it regularly for almost two decades. I would simply move furniture around, and find things in boxes or closets that hadn’t been used. Occasionally, we bought things are yard sales – which didn’t cost much anyway, but most of the time it was what we already had.
When I got a little older, I started growing flowers in the yard, cutting them and drying them for the house. I also dried wildflowers from the ditch that I picked up when we were on holidays and used them in the house too.
Now my obsession continues.
Currently we have no more room for any new things in the house. I like to keep things to a minimum. What I am using for decorating is what was already here or what I had before I moved here. Also, I am not repainting or staining anything. It has to look good just on it’s own without any adjustments.
There are a few important things that I follow when redecorating with no money.
I don’t always leave out something or get rid of something I dislike when I am redecorating. Obviously if you REALLY don’t like looking at something maybe don’t include it in your display, but sometimes things you may really hate can look different among certain other things. It really just depends. My suggestion is to try it first before discounting it. I find that it is better to wait a while and seeing if an object or placement of and object grows on you. Sometimes even a few days is needed to make a final decision.
I don’t always try to match things. Matching colours or sizes of items is boring to me. I don’t go nuts with using bright colours or anything like that but new stuff and older stuff can often work together or different fabrics and material can give neat contrasts. Just go with whatever you like and that usually will be right.
Moving things just slightly can make a big difference. I find I don’t always have to move EVERYTHING around to different places. Sometimes there will be an item that just doesn’t work and it’s removal or a change in position will fix it. Or just offsetting one thing can work wonders.
I make sure to dust. Yeah right! Well, the intention is there. Dusting really makes things look better and makes you FEEL better about your house. Just regularly dusting some things can make a huge difference and gives the illusion of redecorating! It’s magic.
Ane there you have it. In future posts I will examine each one of these separately. Happy Homesteading!
There is no doubt about it – living simply and buying less helps protect our world. But at the same time, if we buy less stuff, someone out there, makes less money. Unfortunately, this has to be.
One of the things we do to buy less is to make stuff. That includes things for our dogs. We don’t buy dog cookies, we make them.
I have found that if I MAKE more things for myself, I NEED less money, so I can work less for others and do what feel right to me.
This brings us back to dog cookies.
When you make your own dog cookies (or your own food), you know what goes into them. Don’t get sucked into the “gotta save time” thing so you go to the store and get some quick. The recipe below is tried and true method. If your dog won’t eat them, he probably is eating too much to begin with.
Water from boiled meat
Whole Wheat Flour
Roll out thin and cut into desired sizes/shapes.
Bake at 350F until they are the color you like. Crispy is best.
Howdy! We’re Anne and Ernie and our goal is to grow our own food and make our own stuff using as much junk and salvage as possible. Thanks for coming by.
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