As new year comes so close after Christmas, the majority of us don’t think about it until the main event is over. In truth, though, new year is a holiday tradition like any other. Only, instead of stocking up on presents and looking no further forward than Christmas dinner, it makes us think about the experience ahead of us. And, most of us make a resolution or two. Whether we manage to keep them or not is, of course, another matter. But, the thought is always there.
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This year, instead of thinking about resolutions for your life, why not consider about them for your home? Grounding your intentions in this way makes it much more likely that you’ll stick to what you promise. Plus, it isn’t only your lifestyle which needs a shakeup when January comes. Your home could also do with a little sprucing. With that in mind, let’s look at the homey resolutions you may want to add to your list.
Breath of fresh air
Most of us crave freshness when the new year rolls around. It’s why we opt for detox diets and new exercise regimes. And, your home is no exception. Breathing fresh air into the space can make a massive difference to any room. This could involve anything from a new centerpiece, to a new lick of paint. You could even focus on outside appearance. For example, now would be an excellent time to reconsider the external color of your house. If you’ve always regretted that embarrassing color from years ago, change it. You could even focus on your garden by planting bulbs now so that they’re ready for spring. This works particularly well, as you get to enjoy the benefits of your new year energy later down the line.
Out with the old, in with the new
In keeping with freshening things up, it’s also worth reconsidering your home-based belongings. If you’re a terrible one for clutter, now is the time to get rid of it. Equally, you may want to get rid of old, outdated furniture options for some new stuff. It’s amazing how much a new sofa can transform a living room. Or a new wardrobe could give your bedroom that lease of life it’s been lacking. If you’re decorating at the same time, it’ll feel for a while as though you’re in a completely different home! And, they do say that change is as good as a holiday, so this could be the ideal way to start your new year.
Doing away with bad habits
Many of us also use the new year as an excuse to overcome bad habits. Quitting smoking, or cutting back on alcohol, is always a favorite resolution choice. And, the chances are that you could alter a few bad habits at home, too. We’re all guilty of forgetting how much our actions in the house can impact the environment. Many of us are guilty of leaving lights on, or falling into the standby trap. Why not make a real effort this January to alter those behaviors? As well as helping the environment, a move like this could make a real difference to your monthly bills. This is, therefore, a double whammy resolution. Who doesn’t want to cut living costs just after Christmas?
A new routine
Many of us also take up new routines when January rolls around. Finally, we force ourselves to get up earlier, or go to bed at a decent time. And, your life isn’t the only thing which would enjoy a routine like this. Applying something like a cleaning rota could make a massive difference to your chores. Instead of putting things off until you can’t avoid them any longer, add every little job to that list. Then, keep on top of each. This way, you can spend five minutes doing something which can take up to half an hour if you leave it too long. Plus, this is a sure way to keep your home looking lovely at all times. You won’t have to worry about surprise visitors anymore. Everything will be up to scratch at any moment. All you have to do is draw up the rota, and stick it in plain view, so you don’t forget about it.
This is a contributed post.
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