Home Resolutions for the New Year
New Year, New Look
The new year is ripe with opportunity to make changes in your life and start fresh. Consider setting the tone for a productive year by making some changes to your living space. Whether you commit to maintain a more minimal home or complete a more extensive renovation in the kitchen or bathroom, the New Year provides an opportunity for renewal which can also be reflected in living spaces. When you live in a space that feels and looks streamlined and clutter-free, you are more likely to feel comfortable and at home, making it easier to be productive in other areas of your life. In the spirit of new beginnings, we have come up with some home resolutions that will help to give your home a new look for 2019.
Declutter and Minimize
Minimalism is on trend right now. Indeed not every family can commit to living with only four towels, a limited wardrobe, and few personal belongings, however, decluttering is one of the best ways to feel good about your home.
Removing clutter from your home is a cost-effective and straightforward way to make a drastic improvement in your home. Throughout the year we accumulate more and more stuff. Clutter can make your space look messy, dirty, and unwelcoming to both guests and your family. Why not commit this January to go through your home room-by-room and purge belongings that are tired, dated, or that you no longer use? Donate these items to a local charity. After doing an initial purge, be mindful about what you purchase and bring into your home to maintain an organized, clutter-free environment.
Make Simple Design Changes
If you’re pining for a change in the physical appearance of your space, consider changes in how you make use of storage. In the kitchen, for example, think about removing the doors from your cupboards to display your stem and glassware. Removing the doors can make a kitchen appear more open and increase functionality. It will also help you to par down items in your kitchen and keep your dishware manageable and accessible.
Another way to make your kitchen more streamlined and functional is to introduce new contemporary accessories. The modernized look of stainless steel can heighten the look of interior space through visual appeal. Something as simple as stainless steel garbage can elevate the look of an area with little effort and expenditure.
Go Green and Save Money
Making small changes in your home can make a significant impact on your carbon footprint while also saving you money. Going green does not mean you have to invest in solar panels or go off the grid, all you need is a little common sense and mindfulness. One way to start is to reduce energy use in your home. Here are some ideas:
- Beginning in January change all your light bulbs to LED ones.
- Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
- Turn your heater down at night.
- Drip dry dishes and laundry instead of using the dishwasher and clothes dryer. Use a dish drying rack like this one by Kohler to dry dishes quickly and efficiently.
- Try composting! Designate a trash pale in your home for compostable food items and use them in your garden in the spring.
- Switch to low-flow showerheads and toilets.
Making resolutions for your home this New Year is a great way to begin 2019; clearing your space, minimizing, clutter, and committing to a greener lifestyle are all wonderful ways to make your home a beautiful and productive area. If you need some assistance with changes to your home in the new year, make sure to reach out to us. Give us a call at (902) 494-5266 or visit our showroom at 75 Peakview Way, (off Larry Uteck) in Bedford.