Bree here, from Home Zone Furniture.
2016 has finally arrived! Make the most of the new year and the blank slate by setting the refresh button at home. Resolutions such as “lose weight” and “exercise more” have their place, but you’ll be amazed at what a difference you can make by implementing resolutions for your home as well. From cleaning closets to cranking down the heater, these are my tips for starting 2016 on the right foot!
After putting away the Christmas decor, the first thing you’ll need to do to refresh your home is to purge. This is a big task, so plan to tackle a room a week. In each room, look through every closet, every drawer and under every piece of furniture. Throw out any items that are broken or ripped, and remove unused items. Gently used toys, appliances, etc., can be donated to charity. You can even make a little extra money by selling things like books and clothing that are in good condition. Remember, too, that there’s a recycling opportunity for almost everything—even old towels can find new life at your local animal shelter.
Once you’ve removed everything you no longer need or use, take the opportunity to organize what’s left over. In closets, organize clothing and shoes by season, color or use. You can add hanging shelves to give yourself additional surface space for sweaters and other bulky items. In drawers, arrange socks, lingerie and pajamas in a way that you can keep neat as the year goes on. Use shallow boxes and other separators in kids’ drawers, where a mess is inevitable.
Along with recycling unwanted items, resolve to “go green” in 2016 and reduce your carbon footprint. You’ll be helping the environment and saving money at the same time. Just a few small, simple actions can make a big different. For instance, turn off the lights when you leave the room, turn off power strips when not in use, turn off the AC when you’re not home and turn the heat down while you’re sleeping. Another idea for the new year is to start a composting bin in your backyard. It’s the perfect way to get rid of fruits and vegetables that go uneaten, plus the compost will produce nutrient-rich soil for your garden.
The new year is a good time to reevaluate routines and chores. If the house needs to be kept tidier this year, come up with a plan so that everyone in the family pitches in to keep the house clean each week. It can help to reserve a day of the week specifically for cleaning the house. To avoid another beginning of the year clean-out like this one, you could mark quarterly clean-outs on your calendar to keep your rooms under control!
Lastly, breathe new life into your home by rearranging. You’ll be surprised by how much a simple rearrangement can affect everyone’s mood. Whether you’re shifting a couch to a different wall or allowing your kids to completely swap rooms, a new configuration invites a different perspective for the new year—both figuratively and literally. In the family room, experiment with redirecting the central focus away from the TV. Try swapping armchairs in a formal room and a casual room, and place houseplants in any room to clean the air and add color.
Happy New Year!