House Ideas: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

House Ideas: 3 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

The New Year, for most of us, is an opportunity to take stock of what’s important in our lives, to consider what’s in need of improvement, and to make a plan to bring both into balance. The classic vows to lose weight, save money, and learn something new are great. But what about setting a few goals for your house?

We’ve got 3 tips to help you enjoy your home more in 2016!


Make Space for Entertaining

Most of us vow each year to spend more time with the people we love. This can be one of your biggest successes if you set up your home so that you enjoy inviting people over. You can achieve a fresh new look with a little bit of rearranging and a few updates.

Consider rearranging your furniture into in groupings that are oriented for conversation-not just facing the television

Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. Pick an underused color in the room and add more of it in the form of new pillows, a throw, or a colorful centerpiece.

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End the Clutter

Throughout the year, most of us acquire mountains of stuff. Gadgets, tools, and important memorabilia can become intertwined with laundry, dishes, and junk mail. In addition to making your home feel dirty, clutter can make it difficult to find the things you use and care about the most.

Ask yourself if you want or need something before bringing it home. Only bring home things that raise your energy level, make you feel good, or are crucial for the function of your family.

Periodically clear out anything that you don’t use, wear, or love, and get rid of anything that is broken.

Create specific storage areas for everything from TV remotes and shoes to collectables and important documents. Use sleek trays, woven baskets, or designate specific drawers and cabinets to similar objects.

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Update the Hardware

If you’re craving a newer look but aren’t ready for a complete remodel, consider updating some of your hardware. Updating a prominent light fixture, door knobs, cabinet drawer pulls, or faucets can dramatically revamp a space.