Starting the new year with a clean slate and a fresh perspective means letting go of the past and clearing out what no longer serves you. In the case of your home, if you want to truly welcome the new year and a new beginning, you may need to do some serious refreshing.
After the holidays and a busy, hectic year, it's easy to find yourself surrounded by clutter, outdated decor and stale furnishings. When you want to give your apartment a reboot, you don't have to break your bank account or spend every waking hour moving furniture around.
Instead, unleash your inner artist and refresh your home fast with simple changes and attention to detail. You'll be amazed at how far simple fixes like fresh accent pillows and an organized home office can go.
Embrace the new year at home with these fast, easy tips for refreshing your apartment...
Let's face it, if you've accumulated too much stuff, lost track of paperwork, or buried yourself under too many piles, it's hard to feel fresh and new, even after the clock has struck midnight on the new year. Before you can make changes at home, you'll have to get organized, one room at a time. Start with your desk or home office, then make your way through your kitchen and bathroom. Throw out old products in your pantry or medicine cabinet, wipe down cabinets and create simple systems for storing your goods. In your bedroom and living room, make sure that you clear a space in your closets and around your furniture, tossing out old magazines and newspapers, placing books neatly on shelves and properly storing summer clothes and shoes that aren't quite ready to come out of hiding, just yet. Find a place for all of your things that keeps your walkways clear and your space feeling orderly and tidy.
The easiest way to bring new energy into your space is to simply rearrange what you already have. Invite a friend or neighbor over to help you move items around. Then, consider adjusting the placement of your couch and coffee table, bed and side tables and artwork or bookshelves. Walk your home with a careful eye, and determine how you can make better use of your space while giving yourself a new perspective, and adjust accordingly.
You don't have to be a master crafter to take on simple DIY projects that will transform your living spaces fast. A fresh color of paint can bring an old, wooden table, bookshelf or dining room chairs back to life. Visit your nearby thrift store for old finds that need new life, and can be revived with fresh paint or a good cleaning.
Adjust Your Accents
If you do have a small budget, an easy way to make quick changes at home is to purchase new accents for the rooms in your apartment. Swap out accent pillows and throw blankets, pick up new picture frames and trendy chochtkes. Find new pots for your indoor plants, new quilts and bedding for your bedrooms and even a new bathmat and shower curtain for your bathroom. While you will have to spend a certain amount of cash in order to change out your accents, you can bargain hunt the clearance rack at Target, Home Goods or TJ Maxx, and do more with less.
When in doubt, let more light in! Break out of last year's funk by taking down heavy, old curtains and replacing them with something lighter, or nothing at all. Pick up table and floor lamps, and place them accordingly throughout your common areas to brighten up your rooms and shed new light on your furniture and decor. It's amazing what a boost in good lighting can do for just about any room in your apartment!