New furnishings! To some, this is a thrill, but for many, the thought makes their teeth shudder. The costs of equipping a home can be astronomical. However, if you're a savvy spender, you can stretch your dollar and reduce household expenses. Here are some helpful ways:
Invest in furniture that is versatile, such as a sofa bed, day bed, or stool that doubles as a storage unit.
Construct your own furniture. For example, wooden crates can be stacked to hold your home entertainment units. Lay an old door across two opposite bricks or sawhorses to serve as a table.
When you get your treasures home and the house is decorated, protect your investments. Here's how:
Cover wood tabletops with clear glass, plastic, or a vinyl tablecloth to protect them from liquid spots, scratches and dents.
Clean and polish wood furniture with olive oil.
Remove shoes before walking on any flooring.
Vacuum daily. The quickest way to wear out carpet is to allow dirt and grit to get imbedded in the nap.
With a little ingenuity, you can get more for your home furnishing dollar and have a home that is uniquely you.
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