You’ve unpacked your boxes, and you’ve started to settle in. And slowly but surely, you’ve begun to realize that you don’t have as much stuff as you thought you did — especially if you’ve moved into a larger house.
Decorating your new home: Start small and budget bigger
It’s only natural to want to turn a fresh page when you move into a new house. But unless you have several thousand dollars set aside for professional decorating, it’s reasonable to expect that it’ll take time, creativity, and some saving to finish each room.
Kathy Kuo of the interior designer blog The Kuotes estimates that totally revamping a living room could cost around $14,000 — and that’s on the low end. A standard redecorating project for a dining room may run you $12,000, compared to a bedroom project at $10,000. Taking on a DIY project is always an alternative; painting a room may only cost you $606, for example. But again, this takes preparation and time.
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In the meanwhile, your new home may be missing a few essential items that you need to feel comfortable. As you plan your bigger redecorating projects and start saving up, you can take care of the little things quite easily.
11 cheap Amazon buys to fill in the missing pieces
For all the new homeowners who are looking for handy gadgets that can turn a house into a home — and for those who lost their toothbrush holder in the move — we’ve got you covered. With Amazon Prime being what it is today, now offering free two-hour delivery in some areas, you can get your house furnished in a jiffy.
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Tie a bow on that shiny new home of yours with our favorite affordable Amazon finds that can make any house complete:**
Convenient and economical, a drying rack is a staple in any kitchen. This drying rack’s adorable faux grass design lets it accommodate dishes of all sizes.
An adjustable garment rack with wheels is that bedroom accessory you never knew you needed. You’ll be thanking yourself for this purchase when you’re looking for somewhere to hang your dry cleaning or hold your freshly pressed clothes for work.
Those days of painstakingly cutting herbs (and cutting yourself) are behind you. Herb scissors can cut spices and herbs up to five times faster and are dishwasher safe.
Kitchen sink strainer.
Strain the gunk and save yourself the trouble of digging through a clogged drain. Simple as it is, Amazon reviewers are all about this little kitchen helper.
Lighted vanity mirror.
Freshen up on your own time without crowding the bathroom. Even better, when it’s fully charged, you can take this mirror with you for up to four hours of wireless use.
Mesh shower caddy.
It’s your special place to relax and think shower thoughts, and you’re going to want to keep it nice and tidy. This mesh caddy hangs on a curtain rod and keeps everything within reach.
Organize your mail, jot down your to-dos, and keep your keys from getting lost in the couch. This 3-in-1 organizer can be mounted in an entryway or on the fridge.
Because you deserve to relax after a big move and pat yourself on the back for a job well done. This lounger is easy to fold and store when you’re done with your patio nap.
- Pocket blanket.
A pocket blanket is one of those Amazon deals that’s even better than it sounds. Keep it in your pocket and use it to spread out for a backyard picnic.
Suction cup toothbrush holder.
Stick this baby to your bathroom mirror and call it a day. A mounted toothbrush holder can be extra-helpful in a kids’ bathroom to keep the important items visible.
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Healthy, quick, and easy — zucchini noodles are a great substitute for most types of pasta. (Helpful hint: A spiralizer also makes an excellent housewarming gift.)
You’re finally settling into your new home, and we couldn’t be happier for you. At Cornerstone, we’re here to make buying and owning a house easy. You’re in the driver’s seat now, but please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, at any time. Your loan officer can keep you up-to-date on helpful ways to save on your mortgage.
*While refinancing could make a significant difference in the amount you pay each month, there are other costs you should consider. Plus, your finance charges may be higher over the life of the loan.
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