The Roanoker - May/June 2019 - 112

written by CHRISTY RIPPEL

Small Budget,
Big Changes
Try these 10 easy ways to improve your home right now.

1. Declutter
Research shows that tackling your mess
can make you feel less anxious and more
creative. Take it room by room, and set a
timer-you'll be amazed what you can
accomplish in 30 minutes. Have supplies
close by when you start-a donation box,
trash bag and recycle bin will make the
task easier. Once you've edited down, corral
toys, books or magazines in smart storage.
"Buy three of the same thing, whether that's
baskets or bins," says interior designer
Emily Mangus. "It's a design trick that
things look good in multiples." Mangus
likes woven baskets, which lend texture
and style while also camouflaging contents
for an orderly look. A massive clean out is
great, but keep things tidy by continually
evaluating your stuff. Magazines over a year
old? Recycle bin. Toys that your kids have
outgrown? Designate those for donation or
give to a friend with younger kids.
DO IT NOW: Clean off one shelf
or sift through one junk drawer.
The accomplishment will give
your brain the small boost it
needs to brave bigger projects.

2. Spruce up your
front door

Y

ou're itching to rip out your dated kitchen, and that
Pepto-Bismol pink bathroom has you dreaming of
white subway tile. Planning for big changes
requires equally big budgets, but there are things you
can do right now to radically change your home, with
little cost and effort.

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If your door paint is chipping or the dog
has worn the finish over the years with his
paws, this is a ho-hum first impression.
Painting your front door is an easy do-ityourself job that can bump up your curb
appeal in a few hours. If your house is brick
or white, your options are endless. A cherry
red or deep evergreen are classic choices,
while an energetic yellow or regal purple
make a statement. This look has gained
popularity in recent years, but is classic-
glossy front doors in a kaleidoscope of
color are a staple in cities like New Orleans
and Charleston. Another designer trick is

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