New Year, New Home: How to Refresh and Declutter!

January – after the chaos of the festive season – is the ideal time to give your home a bit of a refresh. However, after buying all those gifts and decorations, many of us find ourselves needing to go a little easy with the spending during the new year. No problem! Refreshing your home doesn’t have to be costly. In fact, by simply getting creative with what you already have, it’s easy to give your home a fresh, new look on a budget. Here’s some cost effective ways to enjoy a new year, and a ‘new’ home!

Refresh

Giving your home a refreshing new year makeover doesn’t have to mean throwing out your existing stuff and buying a whole new set of furnishings. It can be as easy as simply changing a few things round, or undertaking some quick, low cost decorating tasks to transform the look and feel of a room:

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● Rearrange your furniture to create more space and give a fresh visual layout
● Bring freshness to your home with some new low maintenance house plants
● Spruce up your shelving with modern vertical storage that really transforms your home
● A fresh lick of paint can really change the overall look and feel of a room
● Add a few bright, colourful rugs to your floors for a bit of a difference

Declutter

If your home is looking a bit dull and tired, it may not be the decor that’s the problem – it may be the clutter! Clutter can affect the feel of a home, particularly if the clutter is taking up space on your floor and worktops and making you feel a bit ‘closed in’. January is a great time to get yourself organised:

● Upcycle all those empty jars from Christmas by turning them into storage jars
● Get rid of anything you don’t use or don’t need. Charity shops always need new items
● Buy less – the less you buy, the less you need to store! Don’t go crazy when shopping
● Find clever storage solutions that make use of unused space, like the backs of doors
● Spend 15 minutes per day on maintenance – don’t allow your home to become cluttered again!

As many of us know, there’s nothing quite as motivating as a fresh style – a new haircut or a new outfit, for example – and it’s the same when it comes to house styles too! Giving your home a bit of a refresh after Christmas is a great way to motivate you to stick to your new year’s resolutions. And the good news is that refreshing your home doesn’t have to break the bank – it’s not about buying new things, it’s about working with what you have to create a brand new, exciting style that you simply love!