New Year Reset for Your Home

It’s the start of the year, the Christmas decorations are long gone, and your home might feel bland compared to the festive joy you may have gotten used to.

If you want to reset your home and invigorate some new life, read on. These are our tips for giving your home a much-needed New Year reset.

You can make simple changes in your home to spruce it up again. Our Colour Guide might be a great starting point if you want to make more significant changes!

Let’s get stuck in.

Declutter Time

We always start with what we have, meaning decluttering is essential. Especially if you have kids, you’ll likely have accumulated many extra bits you don’t use anymore. Try to think about whether you’ve used things in the last year and, if you haven’t, send them on to a charity shop so that they can bring someone else some joy!

Try to look at decluttering the places you see (shelves, ornaments, furniture, the pile of clothes in the corner) and places you can’t see (inside wardrobes, kitchen cupboards), etc. Anything you haven’t used in the last year, you’ve grown out of, or it doesn’t bring you joy anymore, can go. 

Upgrade Your Storage

This one goes hand-in-hand with the decluttering process. For those items you love and want to keep, the best way to avoid them becoming a piece of clutter is to give them a proper home. That could be as an ornament or tucked away within a sideboard, cupboard, etc. So, if you don’t have enough storage for everything, it’s time to upgrade.

Charity shops are a great place to shop for second-hand furniture at much cheaper prices. It’s always worth a look before you spring for something completely new. 

Change Up Your Colours

I am a big lover of colour in your home. It’s a great way to express yourself and make your home feel more homely. 

A change of colour scheme can be a straightforward way to make a space feel new. Now, I’m not suggesting a complete redecoration of your home every year, as that feels wasteful, but if you find your home feeling boring or bland, consider changing or adding an accent colour.

Do this with new artwork, cushions, etc., or add a feature wall. Whichever way you do it, make sure the accent colour matches the rest of the room!

Try it in the rooms where you spend the most time and, if the money is tight, remember to try your local charity shop.

Refresh Your Pictures

This one sounds so simple, but it is so effective. Do you have family photos on your wall that have been there for a few years? Then, it’s time to get some new ones printed and see how different your space feels. The happier the photos, the happier they’ll make you feel when you walk into a room.

If you don’t have any photos on your walls yet, I suggest you do. Choose some of your favourite pictures of your favourite people (or pets) and get them printed and framed. These work great in small gallery walls and add plenty of personality to a room.

Pay Attention to Your Scents

Changing the wax melt scent or the candle you burn can make a space feel new! If you don’t have any scented candles, then why not? They are a lovely way to create a cosy feeling in the evening.

You might have an air freshener or fabric spray you use, too, which you can also play around with in terms of scent. Hey, you could even try a new washing powder and fabric softener!

Consider Your Mood Lighting

Particularly in the Winter, we spend a lot of time with artificial lights on, which can negatively impact our circadian rhythm and sleep if we’re not careful. Mood lighting in the evenings can help reduce the amount we rely on those bright lights. It also creates that cosy feeling we all crave!

If you haven’t already, it’s time to invest in a lamp or two to get that main light switched off. You could even add fairy lights (they’re not just for Christmas!) to highlight specific areas and dial the cosy factor up a notch.

If you’ve worked through our whole list, then well done! Even just one or two of these should leave your home feeling new again, which is the best way to go into the rest of this year.

We’d love to hear how you get on!

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