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8 New Year's Resolutions for your Home

I think we can all agree that we are READY for 2021! This past year has been a challenging, emotional and draining year for many of us. 2021 represents a new, fresh start. Now is the time to make some resolutions. When making your personal and professional lists, be sure to include some resolutions for your home.

1. Make a List

Make multiple lists and actually write them down on paper, a phone note or on your computer. Being able to see what you want to get done, and prioritize, check-off and eliminate helps with productivity and leaves you with a sense of accomplishment. Create one list of all of your resolutions, and a separate list of the tasks you need to do to accomplish that specific resolution. Dr. Lisa Varvogli says, "a list helps you not to multitask, and do one thing at a time, which we know is better for productivity and mental health too."

2. Organize and Declutter

Start small. Don't try to take on too much at once, or you'll get overwhelmed. Go closet-by-closet, shelf-by-shelf and room-by-room. Take your time! It doesn't have to be finished overnight. Make a "save" pile, a "store" pile, and a "donate" pile. Some people buy boxes and bins before organizing, without knowing what they'll actually need to store things. Organize first, and buy storage second so you're getting exactly what you'll need to create an efficient solution and have a better system in place.

3. Create a Zen Space

Many people are spending more time at home than ever before. This past year has forced many of us to not only live in our homes, but to work in them, too. Having a private space to run off to and relax, meditate, snooze, read a book, or just be still can help lower stress levels and make all the difference. Transform a corner of a room, a closet, or any available space that you can. Bring plants or greenery, essential oils or candles, comfortable pillows and throw blankets and anything else that brings comfort.

4. Create an Inventory

Know exactly what you have in those cabinets! Sometimes, we stock up on so many things that we don't use before buying more of something that's on sale. Take a few hours to create an inventory of exactly what you have for toiletries, cleaning supplies and other household staples. Too many of the same item will create unnecessary clutter. Keep a memo pad or use an online document.

5. Update Colors & Decor

Feeling the need for a change? You're not alone! Sometimes we all need to update our living spaces - and this doesn't have to mean renovate. Find a new area rug, sofa, curtains, throw pillows or blankets to create the look of a new space. Use a different color palette and new decor pieces.

6. Cut Energy Usage

Going green not only helps the environment, it also saves you money. Small things can make a big difference. Install LED lighting and always remember to switch off the lights when you leave a room, upgrade to a smart thermostat to be able to turn your air conditioning off when leaving the house, and your heating down when not in use, install a low-flow shower head, turn off power strips when not using them, try to do less loads of laundry or dishes.

7. Personalize blank walls and spaces.

Do you have a blank wall or empty corner that serves no purpose? Decorate it! Find a painting, a frame set or small shelves and decorate any blank spaces you have. Search Pinterest for ideas on decorate blank walls to get a sense on what you may like. If you have any empty corner or space in your hallway, create a reading nook or a bench and accent table to create an inviting atmosphere.

8. Paint

Want a bigger change? Paint colors can really set the tone for the entire room. Whether you opt for a warm color, neutral, or want to go bold, do some research to see how paint colors can affect your mood. Test different colors and find some accents pieces to compliment them. If you don't want to do the entire room, try an accent wall. Wayfair's Idea Boards are a great tool to utilize before beginning any room transformation.

If you're unsure what color would look best, how to fill an empty wall, how to de-clutter or simply where to start, contact me today for a free design consultation!

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