Some homeowners believe they have to spend a lot of money to upgrade their house. However, that doesn’t have to be the case. Sure, a custom cabinet made of the finest woods would be nice (we guess), but basic organization and automation doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, we are of the opinion that the do-it-yourself route applies to plenty of home projects. With some elbow grease and ingenuity, and the right supplies, you can complete these changes on your own:

1. Garage Storage

By installing a series of shelves and cabinets in your garage, you can reduce clutter and clear out space. Organize the room by type of item you’re storing. For instance, things you use all the time should be stored in a convenient location. Objects like holiday decorations could be put on a top shelf. Invest in hearty storage bins to pack away unused belongings, and be sure to stack by shape – boxes on boxes and cylinders with cylinders. The key with garage storage is to make the most of vertical space, as the floor area is largely reserved for your cars.

2. Home Security

Even what seems like a complex system can be installed by hand. DIY home security is not only just as effective as other systems, it’s more affordable. OK, so what’s the difference then? When you purchase DIY home security, you pay for the monitoring service and get the equipment complimentary. Then, you install the various devices yourself. When the company has to come out to your home to install a security system, they’ll ask for a fee. Keep those extra dollars and go the DIY route.

Don’t worry about messing up installation – Protect America is on the line 24/7 to give you the support you need when installing your security system. After all, we want you to be safe, and proper installation is part of that.

3. Repurposed Furniture

If you want to update a room in your home and your furniture no longer matches the color scheme, what are you to do? Don’t get rid of your pieces! Instead, do some DIY revamps. Most of the furniture you own can be repainted or reupholstered to suit your new design style. And the best part is that those projects are actually simple to do. Just find some tips online for the proper procedure for each kind of furniture upgrade – if you don’t follow proven formulas, the final product might not hold its color as long, or the fabric could look wrinkled.

4. Indoor Organization

Most people could always use additional storage in their homes, whether it’s to hide clutter or keep their spaces neat. Invest in some inexpensive organizational tools and implement them in your home. For instance, you can get more space in your kitchen cabinets by using undershelves. These wire baskets hook onto shelves, adding more space below. You can also put flat bins under your bed or baskets beneath a bench in your entryway.

5. Automated Appliances

Wouldn’t it be nice to turn on your lights before you get home at night? Or deter burglars by remotely turning your TV on and off? You don’t need a pricey system to do so, just use the Z-Wave Appliance Module. You can plug your appliances into the device and use your SMART Connect App to manipulate the items from afar. Easy peasy.