With a new year comes a fresh start for most of us and while we may not have woken up on 1st of January to a brand new home, there’s a good likelihood you might be thinking of what you can do in terms of home improvements or changes for the coming year. For many of us, just removing the Christmas decor can leave us feeling a little flat and while you may not wish to start a renovation project when it’s still quite grey and rainy and cold, there are a lot of smaller things you can do now to give your home a bit of a shakeup. The best news? It really doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or take very long to get a new-to-you look.
Here are just a few quick and easy ways to refresh your home for the new year…
The Deep Clean
I know it’s a very un-sexy thing to start with but once the festivities are over and the decorations come down, it’s a great opportunity to give your home a good clean. You may have welcomed in quite a few guests and between well-trodden rugs and wayward pine needles, giving your home some much-needed love and attention may be all it takes to make you fall in love with it again.
Be sure to clean your windows inside and out as well. With the lack of sunlight in our homes at this time of year, you want to take advantage of every last beam of sunlight that might find its way indoors so making sure your windows are sparkling is a great way to do just that.
Assess and Edit
Once you’ve cleaned, have a good look around. Are you hanging on to things that you no longer love or don’t have any sentimental value? Do you have items or objects that aren’t working anymore and that you swear you are going to get around to ‘someday’? If you haven’t used it, you don’t love it or you aren’t going to sort it, then get rid of it. Sell items you no longer want or need to make a little cash back to make room for things you really love. If there’s nothing wrong with the item but it’s just not your style, consider a donation to a local charity where someone else can enjoy it. There’s no point in cluttering up your home with things that don’t bring you joy.
The Swap Shop
One great way to give your home a shakeup is what I like to call ‘shopping your home’. I decided a couple of weeks ago to swap my living room rug with my dining room rug. Just a simple change gave both rooms a fresh new look which I loved – plus it only took me about a half an hour and didn’t cost me a penny. Consider swapping the cushions or throw on your bed with those on the sofa, using that cute plant stand as a bedside table or changing around the art from one room to another. You can also consider changing up your accessories in the same way. Seeing your old items in a new context is a great way of refreshing and renewing your space.
Bag a Bargain
If you find you do need a few new bits here and there, consider checking out the clearance sections of your favourite online stores. Many retailers are now getting rid of last year’s stock to make way for their new lines so if there’s something you’ve been considering for a while, now is a great time to bag a bargain and get it for less. Consider some smaller objects too like candles, cushions, prints and decorative objects to give your furniture and surfaces a bit of a new look.
Upcycling can be another great way to refresh your space. Have your dining chairs seen better days? Consider a splash of colour on the legs with a bit of paint or consider changing the handles on a chest of drawers. If you love the lines of a favourite vase but have fallen out of love with the colour, can a can of spray paint give it a brand new look? Before you throw things away, consider if there’s a way to bring it back to life in a brand new way.