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Can you redesign your space with zero cash? Test your frugal style savvy.
by Staff
It can be difficult to save money on décor when you want to provide the best home environment for your family and guests. But this quiz may open your eyes to some new ways you can make your home inviting while minimizing your expenses.

Decluttering is cheap, and is also key to revitalizing your home. How much paperwork would you say you're holding onto for no real use?

  • 20 percent of my paperwork will never come up again.
  • 40 percent of my paperwork will never come up again.
  • 80 percent of my paperwork will never come up again.

It stands to reason that the more clutter and paperwork in your home, the more time you'll waste looking for what you need. How much time do Americans collectively spend each day on misplaced articles and information?

  • 900 thousand hours
  • 9 million hours
  • 19 thousand hours

What's true of the home is also true of the office. How much time does the average executive waste looking through clutter for misplaced documents?

  • 15 hours per year
  • 150 hours per year
  • 1,500 hours per year

Clutter adds an amazing amount of effort to daily and yearly housework. How much time do you think the average home saves by getting rid of excess clutter?

  • 40 percent of housework time
  • 28 percent of housework time
  • 7 percent of housework time

Often, we blame our clutter on lack of space, but how much of our clutter do experts attribute to lack of organization?

  • 20 percent
  • 60 percent
  • 80 percent

Many of the spaces we use the most in our homes could be redesigned and redecorated for better purpose. For example, how many teens do you think report having family dinner less than three times a week?

  • 10 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 60 percent

What's the best accessory to include in a bedroom design if you spend very few of your waking hours in that room?

  • a reading chair
  • a stylish bench
  • nothing

Even in a recession, redecorating can be fun and easy. What percentage of American families would you guess haven't changed or updated their home décor in the last five years?

  • 47 percent
  • 79 percent
  • 32 percent

Following on the information in the previous question, how many homes in America haven't been redecorated in more than 10 years?

  • 14 percent
  • 9 percent
  • 26 percent

When designing a den or entertainment space, where should surround-sound speakers be placed?

  • The distance between right and left speakers should be half the distance from screen to viewer.
  • The distance between right and left speakers should equal the distance from screen to viewer.
  • The distance between right and left speakers should be twice the distance from screen to viewer.

For a room with a low ceiling, vertical stripes will create the illusion of:

  • Depth
  • Height
  • Danger

How much time does the average kitchen remodel require, from idea to complete execution?

  • six months
  • one year
  • two years

When do most people remodel their kitchens?

  • when they purchase a new home
  • when their children are young
  • once their children have grown

What's the most frequent reason homeowners leave a home improvement store without making a purchase?

  • store representative not listening
  • product not available
  • options unavailable

Home fixture manufacturers track acquisition rate, or how likely it is that when you go searching for a given brand you end up purchasing that brand. What's the highest acquisition rate, generally speaking?

  • 28 percent of people stick with their wish list.
  • 64 percent of people stick with their wish list.
  • 78 percent of people stick with their wish list.

The TV can mark a place for togetherness, or a place to get some alone time, depending on your home design. How many televisions does the average home hold?

  • The average home holds 1.24 televisions.
  • The average home holds 2.24 televisions.
  • The average home holds 3.74 televisions.

Put a TV in the dining room or kitchen, and you've created a TV-watching environment. How many families in the U.S. regularly watch TV while eating dinner?

  • 33 percent
  • 44 percent
  • 66 percent

In 2008, a Sesame Street survey reported on the reading habits of children ages 5 to 9. How many of those kids spent at least one hour per day reading good old-fashioned books? (Hint: It reflects well on their home environment.)

  • 90 percent
  • 70 percent
  • 30 percent

How much money can you save on labor by painting your house yourself?

  • Labor accounts for up to 35 percent of interior house painting expenses.
  • Labor accounts for up to 65 percent of interior house painting expenses.
  • Labor accounts for up to 85 percent of interior house painting expenses.

True or false: Some interior decorators work for free, earning their fee from a percentage of your purchases.

  • true
  • false