Don't underestimate the power of small improvements. And don't forget to let your family and friends know what you're looking for. Maybe they have just what you need for free or at low cost.
I spend a lot of time at home now. When I look around, I want to see reflections of our family and experience chaos-free living (or at least as much as Legos underfoot will allow -- I never knew the pain of stepping on one until this year!). And it's best for my family if I can make our house a home as cheaply as possible.
Do you have any tips on how to find inexpensive materials for your living quarters?