Save: Redecorate with what you already own
When it doubt, throw it out
"America is purging right now," says Lowell.
Start by "assessing who you are and how you want to live. It's not about a pretty home anymore. It's about a pampering home. And chances are your tastes have changed tremendously since you filled your home with crap."
First, "ransack that house," Lowell recommends. Chances are "you will find yourself laughing hysterically by the end of the day. You'll find you have a bathmat from an apartment you left 10 years ago."
And once you consider how technology has changed your life, "50 percent of what you have no longer has meaning for you," he says. Paring down what you don't use, need or want is "one of the best ways to get a completely new lease on life with your home.”
If it's broken or chipped, get rid of it. "If it's an heirloom that your parents gave you that you hate, wrap it up beautifully and put it in storage."
"You'd be surprised how much stuff you have you've forgotten about, and it's time to pay it forward," he says. "There have been a lot of disasters. People could use your stuff."