January isn't the most popular time of year, but it is a great time to organize and refresh spaces in your home that need a little attention. Decorating for the holidays is so fun, but by the time we've rung in the new year, it feels like the walls are closing in on me, and I'm just itching to take it all down. I love to use this time to reset my home, especially since New York winters can feel long, and I want our home to feel cozy. Here's three ways to update your home and start 2024 off right.
Move It Out: It's no secret in our house that clutter and I do not get along. If there is anything in our house that we no longer use, love, does not serves us, or is broken, I let it go for donation or I toss it. I know this can be difficult for a lot of us because we don't want to be wasteful, and the thought of letting go of something we spent good money on is upsetting. However, I want to encourage you that letting go of items that no longer serve a purpose can be a great teacher to prevent buying mistakes in the future, and save you money in the long run. I know there's a lot of skepticism surrounding certain donation centers, but I rather take my chances and donate an item then have it take up valuable real estate in my home. Without having done anything else, your space will already feel better, and you'll feel lighter.
Organize It: The next step is to organize areas of your home to make them function better, and save time when searching for items. I've found the best way to organize is to give everything a home so you always know where to look for them. For example, in our house we have three drawers in our dining hutch that holds all of our crafting supplies so if anyone is ever looking for tape, pipe cleaners, glue, etc, everyone knows where to look for them and where they need to be put away. I find this method also serves as a boundary; when those drawers become difficult to open, I know it's time to scale down our supplies or let go of projects.
Use What You Have: Refreshing your home doesn't always mean running out and spending money on new products. One of my favorite ways to refresh my home without spending a dime is to play musical decor. I collect decor pieces from a few rooms in the house, usually our bedroom, living room, and dining room, spread them on the dining table and restyle them in different rooms and in ways I haven't done before. This can mean swapping throw pillows and blankets, moving around picture frames, books, and decorative objects. You'd be very surprised how a space can feel new again just by changing its location!
We hope you found a bit of inspiration here today as you refresh your home for the new year!