Do you feel that a New Year deserves a new you? Or is it just the perfect opportunity to commit to some big changes in your household? Either way, now's the time to make some resolutions to usher in the new year.
1. Enforce your clutter free policy
Clearing the clutter is the easiest and cheapest way to keep your home looking as good as it can be. It doesn't matter if your rooms have been designed to perfection or not, they still deserve to be clear from clutter. Tidying away those odd bits and pieces that pile up on your sideboards and tables will help you maintain a clean, stylish look. And the only way to really do it is to enforce some hard and fast rules, such as never going to bed without having filed away the loose bits of paper or cleared that empty coffee cup. Stick to this and you'll be grateful every morning.
2. Throw away your unused stuff
If it wasn't used last year then what are the chances it will be used this year? Be honest, you know the answer. Very slim. Clear out everything that hasn't seen the light of day in the past year. Get rid of all those unused appliances, throw out the excess kitchen paraphernalia, the seating that's never used, the shelves you never put up. You won't miss any of it and you'll clear out some space for the new you this year. If you really can't bear to part with your old bits though, you're going to have to find a way of upcycling them.
Your furniture is so last year. If the new you is going to have any design credibility, you'll have to start thinking a little outside the box. Dye your curtains, paint your seating, turn your old clothes into home made cushion covers. Get crafty and start upcycling and upgrading your home without breaking the bank.
4. Go green
If you haven't done so already, this has to be your year to start thinking about the environment. How many of your light bulbs are energy-saving? How well insulated is your home? Do you leave your chargers plugged in? Your electronics on standby? Do you bathe rather than shower? Are your furnishings made from renewable products? Were they ethically sourced? Everything we do to renovate our homes should now be done with the environment in mind. Smart design is green design.
5. Treat yourself
We all know that life is about ups and downs. Now's the time to focus on what you can do to start the year on an 'up' swing, and what better way than to get something new for your home? Something that you've always wanted but never got around to buying. Whether it's that lovely sofa on the high street, a new carpet or rug for your lounge, or just an updated lamp for your hallway, it's time you treated yourself. Your home probably deserves a little treat too.
6. Go bold
If you've been relying on glossy magazines and department store showrooms for your design inspiration then you've been playing it far too safe. The start of a new year should be a time of getting inspired and injecting some real personality into your designs. Don't be afraid to experiment. Try bold new colours, vibrant patterns and new combinations. Design is about getting creative and trying something different.
7. Shuffle your layouts
If bold renovations are a little too daunting, you can still transform the way your home feels by rearranging your furniture and giving you a new perspective on your home. After all, isn't that what a new year is all about? Making your coffee table the focal point of your lounge instead of the TV can change the way you interact with your family. Moving your desk to the window might give your work a new lease of life. Turning your bed around might make your mornings a breeze. New years mean new perspectives.
8. Clean your carpet
It's a new year, and probably time you got your carpet professionally cleaned. After a year of constant foot traffic, it's always a good idea to give your humble carpet a well-deserved shampoo. You might find that it gives your room a whole new lease of life; revamping the colour and brightening things up. Better yet, consider getting a new rug to change the feel of your room, link things together and upgrade your design.
9. Focus on quality
Renovating doesn't always have to be about big budgets and new everything. But when your tired old sofa has seen better days, it might just need to be replaced. When you commit to buying, commit to quality. Choose well for the medium to long term and you won't find yourself needing to renovate again next year.
10. Get out, be inspired
The best design ideas are the ones you'll stumble across when you get out into the wider world. See what others are doing, go on holiday, travel a little. Every year should consist of at least some new experiences. Give Pinterest a break for a while and go find that new design buzz yourself. The world is full of unique things to see and things to learn that a Google search will never be able to match. Soon enough you'll be bringing your new ideas home to create something really special, a unique space that's truly yours.
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