There is a guy who teaches other people how to better record music at home. His name is Graham Cochrane and his website The Recording Revolution is chock full of truly excellent, time tested hints and other ideas for making the best recordings you can without spending a lot of money. In fact his theme is all about limiting your choices.
It may sound counterintuitive but to be more creative you’ve got to stop wasting your time trying every other piece of gear or plugin you hear about. Learn to use what you already have (or can get your hands on for very little money) and you will grow into a becoming better engineer faster. The reason behind this is that you’ll find yourself concentrating on what is more important (such as song and performance quality, arrangement, mic placement, etc…) rather than what is less important (the latest and greatest mic preamp or compressor, for example).
I really can’t recommend Graham’s website enough if you are interested in recording at home. I urge you to go to The Recording Revolution and sign up to download your free copy of his ebook The #1 Rule of Home Recording. You will be (as I am) glad you did.