We all dream of living in cosy, comfortable, beautiful homes, flawlessly decorated from top to bottom, just like those picture perfect houses we see on TV. In reality though, it can be hard to keep everything under control in a home.
Clutter can easily build up and simple day-to-day items can start to look like eyesores, ruining the otherwise attractive aesthetic of your living spaces. Fortunately, there are ways to handle this!
You might be surprised to see just how easy it is to cover up your garbage cans, hide stinky shoes away, declutter your bathroom, and generally give your home a whole new look with nothing but simple, affordable items. Let’s take a look!
1) Mask Those Muddy Shoes
A useful little modular cabinet like this one is great for hiding all the shoes and boots that growing families tend to build up over time. Plus, since the design is modular, you can move it around and extend it however you like.
2) An Ottoman For Everything
Ottomans are all the rage right now and they’re so useful to have in living rooms, bedrooms, and other parts of the house. They’re basically stylish storage containers that look great and work wonderfully for holding toys, clothes, bed linen, and more.
3) Got Some Stains On Your Table?
If you have a dinner table that has seen better days, grab a stylish table runner like this one to cover up the stains and marks. It can add elegance and sophistication to your dining room while also serving a practical purpose too.
4) Or Clean It Up
For a more permanent solution to marks and stains on the table, you might want to just try cleaning it up. Special stain-erasing cloths are available that can work wonders on wooden surfaces.
5) Make Trash Cans Disappear
Trash cans, utility boxes, and other outdoor items can really feel like eyesores outside your home. To hide them away, simply invest in a bamboo screen like this one.
6) An Affordable Upgrade
You don’t have to pay big bucks for a whole new kitchen to jazz up tired looking countertops. There are actually countertop paints you can buy to refresh and revitalize old surfaces in a flash.
7) Make The Most Of Every Space
Many modern family bathrooms are filled up with hair dryers, straighteners, curling irons, and other hair tools and equipment, often left on shelves or taking up entire drawers. A simple storage unit like this can hook over the inside of your cabinet doors to store all those items away safely and conveniently.
8) A Spray Job
Old metal fixtures that are a little outdated in their design or color can look completely different with a simple paint job. You can buy metallic spray paint cans and spray over faucets or doorknobs to totally change the way they look.
9) Heads Up
Garages are notorious for being cluttered up with all kinds of tools and old junk. Don’t forget to think vertically! You can install ceiling-mounted shelves like these to store big and bulky items out of the way, freeing up floor space for other items.
10) An Elegant Hidey-Hole
Most people have PCs at home with lots of wires and cables from the computer, the router, the printer, and everything else. If you think outside the box, you can come up with some really creative solutions to this common problem, like this row of glued-together book spines that hide all those wires away.
11) A Power Cord Box
Sticking with the wire theme, a power cord box can be a super solution for those areas around the home that are cluttered up with wires and plugs.
12) Perfect For Rentals
If your kitchen hasn’t got much of a backsplash or any at all, grab some affordable, steam-resistant wallpaper that can easily be peeled off when it’s time to move out.
13) Spruce Up Your Tub
If you’ve got an ugly old bath in a color you just don’t like, don’t fret! There’s no need to spend a huge amount on a whole new tub straight away. For a temporary fix, grab tub-and-tile kit to give your bath a makeover.
14) A Little Wall Shelf Goes A Long Way
So many people are in the habit of stepping into their home and dropping keys, wallets, mail, and other little items straight on the nearest surface. Instead of causing all that clutter, install a little shelf or ‘drop box’ like this to put all those little items.
15) A Multi-Purpose Solution
If you have a balcony, hanging some faux ivy over the railings can serve multiple purposes all at once. It covers up ugly railings, it creates privacy for you and your family, and it blocks off any unpleasant views too.
16) A Lick Of Paint
A simple coat of primer can make a huge difference to those ugly, gray garage walls we all tend to leave untouched. It’s a great little project to do over a weekend when you have nothing else important to be getting on with.
17) Hide Your Logs Away
If you use logs around the home but just tend to leave them all in a great big pile outside your home, building a log store can make a big difference to your day-to-day life. It’s really easy to make one, even with limited DIY experience.
18) A Mini Compost Bin
It’s so important to be as eco-friendly as we can, and a great little way to dispose of food waste like apple cores and banana peels is with a compost bin. You can buy a mini one of these bins to store on the kitchen counter. It locks odors inside, conveniently storing all your food waste until you’re ready to take it out.
19) A Hide-Away Trash Can
Continuing the theme of trash, this hide-away trash can is a great addition to any kitchen. It lets you keep trash where it belongs: out of sight.
20) Cable Organizers Make All The Difference
Nobody wants to look at messy cables every time they watch TV, and a simple little cable organizer can hide them all away with ease, adding so much more style and class to your living room.
21) A Magical Window
We aren’t all lucky enough to have lovely views outside our windows, but you can mask over ugly views and give yourself some privacy too with this pretty window foil.
One of the golden rules of interior desing is to never neglect rugs! When chosen carefully, rugs can liven up entire areas, as well as covering up stains or marks on the floor.
23) More Rugs!
You can even install rugs outdoors on decks, patios, and porches. They can help to liven up boring outdoor areas, cover up marks, or protect your floor in high-traffic spots.
24) Cover Up Those Vents
Many people tend to just accept the unsightly air vents around their homes, feeling that there’s little they can do to cover them up. Well, you can’t make them vanish entirely, but you can buy a whole range of decorative vent covers to make them look a lot prettier.
25) Breathe New Life Into Old Wood
A bit of Old English Scratch Cover can make a world of difference to tired old wooden furniture, darkening the tone and masking scratches with ease. It works on floors too.
26) Stay Classy
Even if you buy cheap soap and other products, pouring them into classy dispensers like this one can make them look a lot nicer. Nobody will know what brand you bought and you can even get special foaming dispensers that use less soap per pump too.
27) Refresh Old Appliances
You don’t need to buy whole new ovens and other appliances to give your kitchen a fresh, modern look. There are special stainless steel-effect paper covers you can buy to totally transform kitchen appliances in an instant.
28) Cover It Up
Storage is a problem that many people face, so we all tend to toss a few things under the bed when we don’t know where else to put them. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you can go one step further and grab a bed skirt to hide the whole area under your bed, allowing you to use up that storage without creating an eyesore.
29) A Practical Solution
Macramé hangings are absolutely perfect for covering up things like thermostats, buzzers, or fuse boxes in your living spaces. Whenever you actually need to access the item, you can simply lift the hanging out of the way.
30) Spice Up Old Pillows
There’s no need to buy brand new pillows when you get a little tired of the old ones. Simply take off the covers and invest in a new set! Try bright, bold colors like these to really make even the oldest pillows sparkle and stand out.
31) Don’t Forget The Floor
Garages are rarely gorgeous. We tend to put a lot of clutter, tools, and other items in them, not taking the time to ever decorate or design them. But if you want to add a little touch of class to your garage space, painting the floor in a nice slate tone can make a real difference.
32) A Little Investment For A Big Change
Now that we’ve handled the inside of the garage, let’s not forget the outside! Some classy, vintage, carriage-style magnets can make that plain old door look a lot nicer.
33) An Elegant Decanter
It doesn’t matter which brand of whiskey you like to buy: when you pour it into a fancy decanter like this, you’ll really feel like a VIP!
34) A Smart Shelf
This smart little shelf hides away your paper towels and is also great for putting extra little things on top, like candles or mini plants.
35) Don’t Let An AC Unit Ruin Your Day
Window AC units are pretty big and ugly, but you can cover them up with a simple café-style curtain like this.
36) Give Your Doors A Makeover
Got any boring old doors around the home? Instead of going to all the trouble and expense of buying and fitting new ones, simply use paint and masking tape, as well as investing in a new doorknob or handle, to give them a full makeover.
37) An Innovative Idea
Here’s another amazing way to cover up those ugly wall vents! You can actually just grab a standard door mat, use some spray paint to give it a metallic look, and then hang it over the vent.
38) A Cozy Corner For Your Furry Friend
Every dog needs a bed, but they can be quite big and take up a lot of space (the beds, not the dogs!). For a smart way to keep your dog’s bed out of the way, consider placing it inside a nightstand, like this.
39) Stash Laundry Baskets Away
Nobody wants to see old dirty clothes lying around a home, and even laundry baskets can be unsightly at times, so why not hide them away in drawers like this?
40) Turn Your Fridge Into A Chalkboard
You can add some chalkboard paint to a fridge to turn the whole appliance into a space for note-making and doodle-drawing. This is particularly great if you have anyone artistic in the family who can draw some lovely designs to liven up your boring old fridge.