The start of a new year means something for everyone, regardless of where you stand on the New Year’s resolution debate. For some, a new year simply means a continuation of days. For others, there’s a cleansing feeling that comes with the change of a year. The opportunity for a clean slate, and to refresh parts of your life that have become stale. Considering the amount of time we’re spending at home lately, an important area in your life to revitalize every now and then is your home. Clutter builds up over time, living with the same furniture becomes monotonous, and items in the home can become stale with neglect.
There are emotional and mental benefits to freshening up your space, too. You might find your creativity gets a boost, your mood is elevated or you have better mental clarity. Luckily, you don’t need to uproot your home every year to refresh it. These suggestions are easy to do and cost very little. Let’s kick 2022 off with a small positive change in our lives, and bring that energy into the rest of the year. Read on for 8 ways to refresh your home for the new year.
1. Switch up small decor items
Take stock of smaller pieces of decor in your home, and decide whether they still align with your style and life. After a year or so, you stop noticing decor items as they become part of the background. If that’s your case, then mix it up! Try selling items that no longer fit your vibe, and using the money to buy new, pre-owned pieces. AptDeco has thousands of decor items available. Filter by free or 50% off delivery to get a great deal.
If you don’t find anything you’re itching to replace, try shaking up the placement of your decor. Switch out art pieces, re-organize your bookshelf, or move your candlestick collection to a different area. Another option—swap decor with your friends! You know the saying, one man’s boring art is another man’s decor revitalization.
While you’re mixing things up, try out some other eco-friendly decor tips that won’t break the bank or the environment.
2. Organize and declutter
You didn’t need to read this article to know that decluttering your space is a home refresh essential. But did you know that clutter causes stress, even on a subconscious level? You may not realize it, but that pile of rejected clothes on your chair is clouding up your mind, making it harder to be productive. You don’t need to go full throttle and attack your home; organizing even one room or closet can make a huge difference.
Our favorite methods for decluttering:
- The KonMari method advises to only keep items that bring you joy. It might feel silly deciding if a spatula makes you happy or not, but after doing this exercise you’ll feel lighter and happier.
- Ask yourself: have I used or worn this item in 6 months? If it’s a seasonal item, give yourself a year. If the answer is no, it’s got to go!
- The guilt method. This one hits hard. Did you just buy that shirt, but secretly hate it? Did an in-law give you a vase you’re only keeping out of guilt? Get rid of any items you’re holding onto because you feel bad letting them go.
3. Sell items you’re not keeping
Just because you’re getting rid of something doesn’t mean it needs to go directly in the trash. There’s always someone out there who will enjoy the items you no longer need! Try selling or donating them, or asking friends/neighbors if they have use for those items.
If you’re saying goodbye to furniture or decor, try selling it on AptDeco. We handle pickup and delivery, so you only need to worry about listing the item. Our pricing tool is also extremely helpful when deciding the best price point.
4. Add a fresh coat of paint (or wallpaper!)
Fresh paint just screams ‘refresh.’ Paint is naturally associated with new beginnings, and a new year should be no exception. Try on that Gen Z color you secretly love, or give your space a moodier feeling with sensory colors.
Wallpaper is another no brainer when it comes to a refresh. Start small with the bathroom, or go big with a fully wallpapered room. If you live in a rental, peel and stick wallpaper will let you add and remove without backlash from management.
5. Give your home a sensory refresh
Our noses get so used to our home’s scent that we never really know what it smells like. Bring in a new scent to your home to give yourself a sensory refresh. A new candle or incense will do the trick, or you can try a longer lasting option like a diffuser.
6. Add some plants
Ahh, there’s nothing like a new plant. Watching it grow, figuring out the right watering schedule, whispering sweet nothings to it. They say plants are the new pets. Plants also add fresh oxygen, and some help purify the air.
Plus, they’re generally inexpensive! New to the plant game? Try a snake plant or a ZZ plant to start. But don’t take our word for it, listen to the experts.
7. Wash overlooked fabrics
Apparently, you’re supposed to wash throw blankets every two weeks. Do we do that? Admittedly, not a chance. Items like throw pillows and blankets, curtains, duvet inserts and outerwear should be washed a lot more frequently than (we assume) most of us wash them. Why not use the new year as a reason to go forth and cleanse? And if you’re into staying on top of your pillow cleanliness, you can turn your near year’s fabric refresh into a new habit.
Try this slightly less intense timeline of how often to wash your fabrics.
8. Take on a new project
Take advantage of snowy weekends indoors and take up a new project. Save some money by building your own decorative shelves, or create a gallery wall in an area that needs some extra love.
Architectural Digest compiled a great list of weekend projects for renters.