Ideas from Parenting.com:
• Sometimes it's those little things like a stain on a couch or elsewhere that unconsciously get on our nerves. Cover it up with a great throw pillow or blanket if you can't get it out after one final attempt.
• Tackle clutter with some new baskets or storage bins.
• Freshen up the bathroom with a special soap, guest towels, and maybe a new shower curtain.
A couple of things we did:
• Bought a new drain for our kitchen sink- the current one wasn't working great and what a difference this simple change has made in our daily dishwashing!
• Framed a few newer family photos.
• Bought a few new storage bins for miscellaneous toys, etc.
• Changed our sheer curtains to heavier ones.
The sprucing up you do doesn't have to be costly or large-scale. Just think "family", "homey", and "warm" and leave yourself with a clean canvas ready for the holiday decor.