The Most Budget Friendly Decor Trick of All

My house was totally quiet the other day and I was pondering options of what to do.

Maybe it was the lingering smell of burnt bacon from breakfast, or perhaps the fact that our 19 year old couch had finally left for a new home, but I desperately wanted to clean.

As I worked away, I realized that after all these years of writing a home decor blog, I don’t think I’ve ever shared the most economical decorating trick of all ~ cleaning!

How to Turn Cleaning  into the Best Decorating Trick of All:

Make the most of the (rare) urge to clean

Lest you thing cleaning is a common occurrence around here, I assure you, it’s not.

So, when the urge strikes, I grab it quick!

This time, I didn’t have any motivation for this cleaning. No guests were arriving, no blog posts were due, and no tasks were written on a to do list. (But sometimes those things can be the motivation I need to get going!)

I wanted to do it for the pure joy of just having it done.

Turn on the kind of music that motivates you to move quickly.

I set the music to a happy jazz station and got to work.

Get out your cleaning supplies and work from top to bottom

I admit it. I’m a Norwex nut. They have my favorite cleaning supplies ever. In fact, I love them so much that I became a Norwex consultant! (If you want to know more about Norwex, you can check out this video (on cleaning my tub) and this video (on mopping the floor) that I did with my Norwex friend.)

I grabbed the vacuum and dust cloth and started at one end of the room. Since it’s a good idea to clean from the top down, I first cleared off all the table surfaces and dusted with my dusting mitt, then moved to the floors.

Even though I like to vacuum first, I then use the Norwex mop system to get the laminate floor sparkly clean. I find it super easy and quick to use.

Rearrange furniture as you clean under it

I figure that if I’m going to go to all the effort of moving a piece of furniture to clean under it, I might as well just go ahead and rearrange the room!

Freshen up the accessories

Once the furniture is settled into its new home, then it’s time to fluff up the throw pillows, fold the blankets, and pile the magazines neatly. I also used this opportunity to water my plants and nestle them in a new bright corner of the room.

plants on a white stand in a corner of a room

 Add a few finishing touches.

This is my favorite part of the whole cleaning scenario. Once everything is all sparkly clean, it’s time to add some pretty new touches.

They don’t have to be expensive or new ~

Like a fresh box of kleenex and favorite pens put in a pretty pitcher by the desk.

small china pitcher with pens in it, a box of kleenex with a tropical print

And a simple bouquet of flowers cut from the back garden on the coffee table.

Bouquet of pink and white flowers in a white wooden tray with old books beside it

Finish up small projects in the room that have been weighing on your mind.

I always marvel that I spend so much time thinking about a project when just doing it takes only a few minutes!

This time, I finally hung up the window I refinished a few weeks ago,

Antique Window Art with Boxwood Wreath

and the vintage art I found free beside the road!

Antique Buffet in Dining Room with Vintage Art print hung above it

When it was all said and done, I stood back and looked at the space.

Without much thought or spending a penny, it looked totally different.

Townhouse Living & Dining Room

It’s my decorating trick that costs absolutely no money…and results in a completely fresh and new look!

Townhouse living and dining room

The answer is hiding…just inside the cleaning closet.;)

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  1. Oh man Rita, it is a rare occasion that I feel like cleaning…husband asked me today if any cleaning was going to get done, hahaha! I said he is free to help more! You are right though, it gives a fresh feeling and makes one feel a lot lighter afterwards! The window you hung looks GREAT btw!

  2. Oh, this post is so uplifting and refreshing! Cleaning always makes me feel so much better. With blogging, I find that I often have props lying around, just waiting to be put away! LOL! This was very helpful and motivating, Rita!

    BTW… love your sideboard and those MCM chairs are amazing! My son and dil would LOVE to have those chairs! 😉

  3. Cleaning does the mind and home so much good. I love your free vintage artwork.

    Everything looks fresh and inviting.


  4. Great reminder Rita that it is not always spending money on items to decorate your home. I love cleaning the house and moving stuff around and it always feels fresh and new.

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