My family has lived in our (approx 30 yr old) home for almost 11 years. In that time we've needed to replace the roof and the furnace/ac as well as appliances that have broken down. Those repairs pretty much took up the home maintenance/furniture/decor budget, but the deferred maintenance in other areas has gotten kind of out of hand. At this point there are things that really need to be replaced because they're torn, broken, damaged, etc. and other things that would really benefit from updating. The former (like replacing our severely damaged 1st floor flooring, non-functioning kitchen light fixture, living room drapes that have been torn in half, horribly stained/torn family room sofa, broken dresser in my girls' room where the drawer front falls off when you open the drawers, etc.) are really necessary at this point for safety and sanity reasons. Beyond that, we'd like to be in a position to possibly put the home on the market in a year so some updating is prudent just to make the home look move-in ready and fairly updated (e.g. the mauve wall-to-wall carpeting and matching faux-marble mauve double sinks in the master bedroom/bath are probably not helping us).
We have never had money to buy anything or hire anyone to do anything. All of our furniture with the exception of the "nursery" furniture that we bought 9+ years ago and our 14 year-old kitchen table/chairs were given to us as people we know moved, downsized, died, etc. I have no experience decorating a home or making one look pretty. I don't know where to buy what, but I know that I need to be as frugal as reasonably possible to get the most bang for the buck. I''m not shy about taking on projects, but with 3 kids and no child care my time can be limited. DH has zero handyman know-how, although he's helped me paint a room before. I can paint walls and I've replaced light fixtures and put down some peel & stick vinyl floor tiles but that's about the extent of my DIY experience. I also have a sewing machine and can do basic sewing.
Can anyone help me? Where do people go to get (everything that we need) anywhere near affordably?