It happens to the best of us: The proudly decorated and immaculately organized home we once adored becomes boring and stale. A little creativity and elbow grease can help you overcome the desire to overhaul it all. We’ve shown you how to breathe new life into a tired space on the cheap by trying out some DIY wall art, decorating with reclaimed wood or adding unexpected pops of color. But if you’re looking for totally free updates, we have a dozen right here.

1. Frame a Tea Towel: That precious tea towel with the inspirational quote or pretty pattern has served you well. Frame it and hang it on a bare kitchen wall to give it new life. (via Wonder Forest)

2. Color Code a Bookshelf: Although it may look borderline OCD on the surface, organizing your reading materials by color packs a big punch. (via Apartment Therapy)

3. Organize a Collection: Your collections reflect your true loves but so many times they’re collecting dust on an out-of-reach shelf. Resurrect that box of classic Barbies or that grade school butterfly collection and put them center stage. (via Design*Sponge)

4. Rearrange Furniture: That weathered bench on your patio is begging to be pulled up to the dining table. Trust us, you’ll love the added seating and the rustic farmhouse feel. (via HGTV)

5. Swap Out Fabrics: You love the pattern on those dorm sheets but they’ve been washed one too many times. Breathe new life into your old fabrics with simple no-sew covers for your dated throw pillows. (via Live Love DIY)

6. Bring Outdoors In: There’s no good reason to keep those silk flowers in that vase when nature provides the ideal replacement. Find your favorite funky branch and make the swap to a more woodsy look. (via Houzz)

7. Create a Gallery: Transform a hallway or corner into an exhibit fit for a museum by simply gathering your framed art and photos and arranging them all in one place. (via Kristi Murphy)

8. Work With What You Got: Got a cute teacup collection? Put it to good use as a pretty drawer organizer! It’s amazing how a well-organized home feels all shiny and new. (via Paige Smith)

9. Move Lighting: A simple update you’ll wish you did sooner is adding light to a dim space. Don’t be afraid to mix it up and even move a little office lighting into the kitchen to achieve your best glow ever. (via The Kitchn)

10. Repurpose Seating: Today’s boring chair can be tomorrow’s new favorite piece of furniture just by giving it a new job. Pull that seat up to your bedside and you have a brand new nightstand. (via White With Three)

11. Bring Work Home: The humble thumbtack can make over just about anything. Don’t believe it? See for yourself here. (via Mad in Crafts)

12. Raid Your Closet: Your friends have begged you to stop wearing that vintage silk scarf every day but they can’t argue with reusing it as instant wall art. (via Casa Sugar)

Got any tricks for a free home makeover? Spruce up the space in the comments below!