Bathroom: Instead of using a magazine rack for your reading material, try a large plastic flower pot that is square or rectangular (round would be okay if the books are not too big) that is on a stand or place it on one off the floor (to prevent books from getting wet), and you’ll have an easy to reach reading material container for your bathroom.
Bedroom: For socks and underwear, use small baskets to store them in a drawer or closet, with different colours for each person in the home.
Living room: Use a bright solid colour inexpensive tablecloth to cover up those bad stains.
Dining room: If you are living alone or as a couple with no children, consider using a patio table covered with a bright plastic tablecloth for your dining area, will maximize your space especially in smaller homes. Even if you have children, some maufacturers sell patio tables that can also be used indoors large enough for up to six people if your home has a little more space for much less than conventional tables, and much lighter and easy to store when not needed.
Artwork: Instead of buying prints, make them from artwork (I’ve gotten some prints from the calendars featuring works of the great masters of visual art and from planners) or your best photos if you are skilled at taking great photos or know someone who is, and frame them yourself, often inexpensive but quality frames are found in discount and dollar stores. For large pieces, buy the poster print of a work you’d like online and frame it, or shop around at thrift stores at least once a week. Some libraries may also have some prints or artwork they will sell. Smaller prints can even be mounted on card or cover stock, with quality stick glue, and collaged if you like.
Entertainment: Especially if you live in a condo or apartment, instead of buying a home theatre system, get a powerful recent model desktop computer with a lot of RAM and a large screen (ours is 36 inches, which is bigger than our TV!) to play DVDs and CDs. Some more recent systems can play Blu-Ray discs too. Computer speakers of high quality are much less expensive than home theatre system speakers, and much easier to install too. Plus it’s a multi-purpose system.
Kitchen: Use different size baskets and storage containers to keep your spices and condiments organized.
Lighting: Large colourful paper lanterns with small LED tealights with a long lasting battery inside the lanterns hanging from the ceiling make beauful decorative lighting effects in the evening and at night. You also save money on your hydro bills because they are not connected to the power supply!
Storage: If you like the fabric storage boxes, and mainly are carrying light items or rarely moving things around, dollar and discount stores sell them in a variety of colours at a fraction of the price.
Seating: For your permanent seating, if possible, buy a sofa bed or a futon, especially in a smaller home, particularly if you regularly have guests over or to place it in front of the entertainment system. Use folding chairs when you don’t have enough permanent seating when you’re having several guests in your home at the same time and put them away when not in use.