While decorating your house might be fun, it’s a quite costly hobby. You are about to learn exactly how much money we’re talking about but first, let us give you a couple of unusual ways to earn money without tightening the belt much.
Ways to earn money
For starters, you could try casino games. Luckily, you can play slot games online and you don’t have to go to an actual casino. The bet can be as small as $1 per spin, so you don’t have to worry about getting a mortgage to repay your gambling debt.
Another idea is to join different scientific studies that offer remuneration to participants. It doesn’t have to be about new drugs. You can take part in psychological studies that don’t involve letting anyone use your body to test new medication, although that might not be such a bad idea considering you would be bringing a contribution to the advancement of medicine. Just make sure to read the contract before signing up.
If neither of these suggestions are good for you, you might do it the old fashioned way: work more or get a better paying job. Fortunately, these days you can work online and make your own schedule around your full time job. Here are a few suggestions: build a website about something you are passionate and monetize it after you bring enough traffic, sell homemade jewelry, write blog content for others, upload YouTube videos or become an online marketer. These ideas should be enough to at least research the field a bit more.
The actual costs
Now, let’s get back to the costs of decorating your house. First, we have to establish which areas deserve more of your money and which ones don’t. Most people agree that you should buy the best seating you can afford for 2 reasons: you want to feel comfortable and a quality sofa or mattress lasts for more than a decade. You are more likely to change them because you get bored as opposed to them becoming unusable.
Another rule of thumb is to spend more money on the rooms where you spend most of your time. Some say that it’s a good idea to focus on things that are easily seen as opposed to those that are not, but that’s up for debate. Personally, I believe a nice comfortable bedroom is more important than what your neighbors think of your entrance hallway, but that’s up to you.
Next, you have to make a budget. How much can you afford to spend overall? Make a list of everything that’s needed and assign each object a realistic sum of money to get mid-level quality and comfort.
For example, here’s what you need to think about for 3 important rooms of any house:
Living room: sofa ($2000), 2 chairs ($700), coffee table ($500), side tables ($500), rug ($2000), chandelier ($1000), drapery ($800), mirror/art pieces ($1000), pillows ($300), different accessories ($500).Total $9300.
Dining room: table ($1000), 6 dining chairs ($600), chandelier ($100), buffet ($2000), rug ($1000), art pieces ($1000), various accessories ($500). Total: $6200.
Master bedroom: bed ($2000), bedding and pillows ($500), dresser ($1500), rug ($1000), chandelier ($1000), nightstands ($1000), mirror ($500), table lamps ($200), accessories ($500). Total: $8200.
Adding all these up, you already get $23,700 for just 3 rooms. Let’s say you have a guest bedroom too. You won’t spend as much money as for the master one but it might still be another $5000. Add the 2 bathrooms and the kitchen and the bill goes way up. For that reason, you might think to leave the kitchen and bathroom remodeling for another time to avoid this extra strain on your already burdened budget.
All in all, research is key. Before making a purchase, you should have a very clear picture of how you want the room to look like. Purchase everything at once so that you don’t risk dealing with sold out pieces. Good luck!