When you’re decorating a second home or seasonal space your inventory can get pretty full. Whether the space is used all year round or just as a family getaway space, items tend to accumulate pretty quickly. In an attempt to help avoid landing on an episode of Hoarders, here are some decorating hacks that are sure to save you space and money:

 

Play with Paint:

The quickest and least expensive way to spruce up any space is by adding a fresh coat of paint. Try painting the ceilings for added dimension and depth. Choose colors that will complement the natural light for each room. This is the way to personalize the space without adding more stuff to the equation.

 

Reuse and Recycle:

You’ve already probably got an entire house full of stuff. Chances are you have at least one room in your home that is packed with stuff you’re not entirely sure what to do with. Take old necklaces and rhinestones to adorn your curtains or curtain rods. That way you’re decluttering one space and making the other feel more like home.  (Travelers Country Club on the Mississippi has a free thrift exchange for members called Give ‘n Take.  Drop off the usable items you don’t need, pick up the ones you do – for free.)

 

Creative Storage:

Include furniture and shelving that doubles as decoration — end tables that can hold blankets, wall shelves as closet space. These hacks will help you with storage while avoiding taking up floor space and adding clutter.

Family is the foundation of life. Spending time with family is at the crux of everything positive this life has to offer. For many, that time goes by in the blink of an eye. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of every moment. One of the best ways to do just that is to invest in a family cabin. This isn’t always possible for every family, but when you think outside of the box (i.e. a traditional cabin), you can open up a whole new set of opportunities. Here are a few ways that everyone can afford to have family time on the water.

 

Houseboats:

This is a great option for families that enjoy spending as much time as possible on the water. You can often find public water accesses for easy entrance and it gives you the opportunity to enjoy different locations. Think about a family road trip except by boat!

 

Campers:

As with houseboats, campers and RVs allow families to travel and see different places without the expense of hotels and dining out. Public parks and campgrounds are everywhere so finding a spot to park and rest shouldn’t be a problem.

 

 

Recreational Community:

If you’re looking for leisure, convenience, activities, relaxation, and community, look no further than a recreational community. This is the best option for families who want access to the water without the price tag of a traditional cabin or the added costs for recreational activities! Traveler’s Country Club on the Mississippi provides opportunities for boating and fishing, plus there are community events, a 9-hole golf course, and heated pool for residents. It’s conveniently located north of the metro area so you can make it a weekend getaway or plan for something longer.