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10 Thrifty Decorating Hacks for Retirees

Decorating your home is an exciting, but often pricey, venture. However, it doesn’t have to be! There are countless ways you can redecorate your house without breaking the bank. Here are 10 thrifty decorating hacks to get you started!


1. Paint your walls a new color.

Maybe you’re tired of looking at the same old décor, but you can’t afford to renovate your entire house—or even one particular room. An easy way to spruce up your house without hitting your wallet where it hurts? Paint the walls a new color! Sure, it might not be the home makeover of your dreams, but it’s a relatively inexpensive way to change things up.

2. Go thrift shopping.

Yes, thrift shopping is a great way to score some secondhand clothes. But did you also know a lot of thrift stores carry furniture and other home décor? If you’re looking for a new painting or a vase, don’t rush to Amazon. Instead, check out your local thrift store or Goodwill. They might just have exactly what you’re looking for—at a fraction of the cost.


3. Mix and match throw pillows.

Throw pillows are a nice accessory to any room. And while they’re relatively affordable, there’s no need to rush out and get new ones, especially if you’re living on a fixed income. The solution? Mix and match throw pillows that you already have! If there’s a throw pillow in your bedroom that might complement your living room couch, do a little pillow swap. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to get creative!

4. Buy a new rug.

Rugs are the unsung heroes of our homes. Not only do they collect dirt and other debris, but they can really tie a room’s theme together, too! If you’re a little bored with your current décor, don’t throw out all your furniture just yet. Before you place anything in your Amazon cart, consider buying a new rug first. It may just give your room that much-needed refresh, without putting a strain on your wallet.

5. Upgrade your lamps.

Lighting often sets the tone for your house or a room. If your lightbulb is feeble and doesn’t emit much light, it can make your room seem cold and dim. The solution? Swap out your lightbulbs! Incandescent bulbs often give that warm, cozy glow that makes rooms so inviting. Of course, you can also switch out the lampshade or decorate it to make it feel like a brand-new piece, too!

6. Declutter.

Let’s face it: life is messy and accumulative. Birthdays and holidays add to the ever-expanding collection of stuff in our homes. Sometimes, we toss junk mail onto the counter, and there it stays, messy and untouched, for weeks on end. Our shoes form a mountain next to the front door. Decluttering our homes can make them feel brand-new. Reclaim your space by tossing the junk mail and putting away that mountain of shoes. Not only will you appreciate the aesthetic changes, but a clean home also benefits mental and emotional health!


7. Scout your area for yard sales.

If the redecorating bug has bitten you but your budget is tight, you don’t have to shelf those decorating dreams. Instead, scout your area for yard sales. Many people get rid of old furniture and décor that may just look perfect in your home. Even if something isn’t in pristine condition, you can always make it your next DIY project and spruce it up. The possibilities are endless!

8. Buy some candles.

Candles are underrated. At least, in terms of how much character and life they can bring to a room! Not only do they fill our home with lovely aromas, but they can really make a space feel extra cozy and inviting! Plus, many candles nowadays come in decorative containers that’ll not only fit in with your décor but complement it perfectly!

Check out these aromatherapy candles we found!

9. Rearrange your furniture.

When people say someone is set in their ways, that typically applies to their home, too. Maybe your furniture in your living room has been in the same configuration since the 80s. Or maybe the movers plunked it down when you moved into a new residence, and you saw no reason to change it. If either of those scenarios rings true in your life, there’s an easy decorating hack that’ll require zero money whatsoever. Rearrange the furniture you already own! This could be as simple as moving a couch to the opposite side of the room or hanging a picture somewhere else. Play around with your furniture and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised at the results!

10. Decorate with houseplants.

If you have an outdoor garden, you know how much they beautify your lawn. The same principle applies to indoor spaces. Buy a few houseplants! It’s cheaper than purchasing new furniture, and it’s guaranteed to breathe new life into your home.

Related: 5 Best Low-Maintenance Houseplants For Seniors and Retirees


*-Price at time of publishing.

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Originally published March 30, 2023

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