29 Easy (& Cheap!) Upgrades For Your Life

Having a stylish apartment is basically #AdultingGoals. But browsing the aisles of a furniture store can make our bank accounts feel preemptively empty — and make us want to throw in the towel. Still, there are lots of fun, chic upgrades you can make to any space, on any budget. We've rounded up 29 home buys that will bring new life to every room in your house.
From tea towels that are far from expected to shelving that will make any wall a statement wall, these are buys guaranteed to bring some light into your life and keep you smiling all winter long. Oh, and the best part? The prices start at under £5.
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Tea towels are an easy way to include some modern design in your kitchen for cheap.

HAY Tea Towels, $18 (£15), available at MoMa Design Store.
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A penny-saving hack that's also fun to use.

Gill Mechanical Company Tube-Wringer, $24.95 (£20.45), available at Uncommon Goods.
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With a bulb this pretty, why cover it up?

Threshold Edison Bulb Table Lamp, $29 (£24), available at Target.
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A quirky little print that's perfect for your office or bedroom.

Tuesday Bassen Girls Girls Girls Print, $10 (£8), available at Tuesday Bassen.
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If you have to keep everything organized, you've found the right notebook.

Ban.do Journal, $14 (£11.50), available at Ban.do.
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Make dish-washing a little more fun.

Modcloth Wash-And-Ware Dishrack, $24.99 (£20.49), available at Modcloth.
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A timeless message deserves a spot of honor on your keychain.

Various Projects Key Tag, $15 (£12), available at Various Projects.
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You'll want to stick this pizza tape everywhere.

Paper Source Pizza Washi Tape, $4.95 (£4.05), available at Paper Source.
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Water stains, be gone. Put out a coaster your guests will always remember to use.

Anthropologie Slivered Geode Coaster, $14 (£11.50), available at Anthropologie.
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Take back your life from the tangle of cords and chargers.

CB2 Walnut Cable Manager, $24.95 (£20.45), available at CB2.
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Make your to-do lists more fun.

Kate Spade New York Telegram Notepad, $12 (£10), available at Papyrus.
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Consider this teabag rest the perfect desk-side accessory for midday pep talks.

Fish's Eddy Steep Up To The Plate Teabag Rest, $10.95 (£8.99), available at Fish's Eddy.
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Perfect for rituals — or just getting rid of the smell that lingers after your roommate makes a pot of soup.

Yoke Ritual Incense, $20 (£16), available at Catbird.
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Consider giving your iPhone the boot from your bedside table (and your morning routine) in favor of an old-school alarm clock.

PiLife Non-Ticking Alarm Clock, $12.99 (£10.65), available at Amazon.
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At £6.50 a pop, you can redo an entire wall for less than a mani-pedi.

Urban Outfitters Triangle Wall Bracket Shelf, $8 (£6.50), available at Urban Outfitters.
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Morning routines, dinner parties, just before bed — we'll take any excuse to light a candle.

Paddywax Amber & Smoke 12 oz Urban Candle, $18.99 (£15.59), available at PaddyWax.
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Having a grown-up kitchen is overrated.

Donkey Goosey Colander & Bowl, $22 (£18), available at Fab.
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Shhh — this is actually a kid's shelf, but we think it would be great in any room (and at any age!).

Pillowfort Circle Shelf, $28.49 (£23), available at Target.
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Even if you're not in the practice of serving up canapés, this plate is perfect for corralling loose baubles.

West Elm Canapé Plate, $8 (£6.50), available at West Elm.
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If you can't write it out, at least let your pen say it quietly for you.

Seltzer Goods F It Seven Year Pen, $8.95 (£7.35), available at Seltzer Goods.
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Too pretty to keep hidden in drawers,

Anthropologie Russet Measuring Cups, $28 (£23), available at Anthropologie.
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Way better than just shoving your plastic bags under the sink until they explode.

Little Blu Nest Grocery Bag Holder, $20 (£16.50), available at Food52.
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Wrapping your hair up in a Turkish towel is a lot less of a headache — and somehow seems so much more chic than terrycloth.

Buldano Turkish Bath Towel, $18.99 (£15.99), available at AllModern.
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You'll be tempted to just leave it in the wrapper by the sink to impress visitors.

Botaniculture Cut Lavender Soap, $10 (£8), available at Terrain.
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So long, summer. We'd be sadder to see you go if we weren't so excited to wear cozy socks all winter long.

J.Crew Trouser Socks, $10 (£8), available at J.Crew.
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These eyes will keep watch as you slumber.

Namaki Eyes Rectangular Pillow, $27 (£22), available at Society6.
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Let one of these little guys light up your life.

Uncommon Goods Gummy Bear Light, $27.99 (£22.95), available at Uncommon Goods.
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After all it does for you, give your toothbrush a worthy resting place by your sink.

ABC Carpet & Home Moroccan Glass Cup, $14 (£11.50), available at ABC Home.
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Never settle for boring scissors again.

Moorea Seal Crane Scissors, $14 (£11.50), available at Moorea Seal.
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