No one thinks you have to have a ton of money to have a beautiful home anymore. But when faced daily with the images of people who have more than you, it can be hard to remember that you can still make a lovely space without a lot of dough. Whenever you're feeling down about not having as big a budget for home decor as you'd like, peruse this list to remember the important things in life and remind yourself how to have a fantastic home without spending a lot of money.
1. Keep it clean and welcoming
Nothing feels better than coming home to a clean home. And making your home welcoming — not just to guests, but yourself as well — should be a priority.
2. Invest in the small pleasures
Small things can be affordable if you treat yourself in moderation. So figure out how much money in your budget you can spend, and splurge on that bouquet of flowers or that extra fragrant candle.
3. Use your stuff
Don't let your small pleasures sit in dressers waiting for a "special occasion!" Use your favorite things every day and you'll find yourself enjoying your home more and more.
4. Play in it and with it
Associate your home with fun by playing in it — literally indulging in play-like activities. And stoke your creative juices by experimenting in your home, too, either creatively or with your home decor.
5. Share it
Your friends don't care how big your place is or how much you pay in rent. They just like being around you. So share your humble home with your loved ones and you'll feel richer in no time.
Re-edited from a post originally published 12.15.15-NT