I get it! Home décor is expensive. Going out and buying that dream sofa or coveted area rug can easily break the bank, but I am here to tell you that a limited budget is not an excuse to live with frumpy hand-me-downs. Life is short and the environment that we choose to live in affects our mood, psyche and self-esteem.
So how do you make big changes with no money? It sounds impossible, right? There's a simple solution. Follow my 5-step plan to flip your way to your dream decor.
What you'll need: If you can round up a truck and willing friend, family member or spouse you're off to a fantastic start.
1. Investigate the first step is to determine the value of the items to be sold, becoming knowledgeable in the furniture resale market will serve you well throughout this process. Basically, an item's worth is equal to what it’s sold for in the past. Scouring Craigslist, eBay or Chairish is great way to quickly become an expert in the furniture resale market. Estate sales, flea markets and thrift stores are another great way to learn what items are going for. That way you will be able to spot a smoking deal when the opportunity presents itself.
2. Evaluate Starting with the items that are already in your home, items that friends and relatives will donate to you and the free section of Craigslist, begin to take stock of your current inventory and assign dollar amounts to the furniture in your possession.
3. Sell After taking stock of your current inventory, and knowing what it's value is, you're ready to sell. Take well-lit photos, write an interesting and complete description that includes dimensions, and post it on as many furniture resale sites as possible ie, Craigslist, LetGo and Chairish. Did your parents give you their old ugly lamps after they remodeled? Take those to the flea market one Sunday, along with all the other crap you have and sell it.
4. Buy Now that you have sold a few things that weren't serving you, it's time to take that small chunk of change and buy your next round of furniture. Be mindful that you probably aren't at a stage in the process that you will be buying your forever sofa or coffee table. What you're looking for is something that has meat on the bone. That means you’re looking for place holders, an upgrade from what you've just sold, until you've collected enough money to buy that Pintrest worthy credenza.
5. Repeat continue flipping furniture until you have reached your goal. Bottom line buy low and sell high. If you can add value to an item by refinishing the wood, slapping on a fresh coat of paint or fixing a broken hinge or leg, do that.
A common misconception is that you need a huge budget to have a well appointed home, but I am hear to tell you that a little bit of hustle and a lot of time pouring through Craigslist ads will ultimately result in a well curated home. So go flip yourself to your dream decor.