With the dropping of the ball in times square, the signal sounds, and it is out with the old and into the new. I love the idea of new beginnings. You are never too old to learn something new, and it is never too late to begin again or start over. That said, for me the new year is a reminder to update my list of goals, for the upcoming year. Every January, I take out my old goals, check off what I've accomplished, add a few more and see what is or isn't working. I list different categories of the areas that I want to improve. Your home should be the same, it is another personal goal category.
To start, I suggest making a list of the rooms/spaces in your home that need attention. Here are three key things to keep in mind when making your list:
1. Clear Out Clutter: It is a great time to clear out the closets and your home of anything that isn't working. Then, donate it to your local thrift store. Sometimes the biggest improvement you can make is by eliminating what isn't working. The nice thing about lightening up your closets and spaces, is it leaves less to worry about. De-cluttering helps you stay focused on the things that you really love and use.
2. Repairs: Next, does anything need mending, repair or a fresh coat of paint? Make a note of what could use a little attention. Don't forget those forgotten areas like the insides of closets, drawers, the garage, outside on the front porch etc. Maybe a fresh coat of paint in the pantry would really add an unexpected touch and brighten your day. It is amazing how a little touch up paint goes a long way.
3. Replenish: Is it time for a new shower curtain or new sets of sheets and towels? Maybe it is as simple as adding a new set of pillows for the upcoming Spring season. After the old stuff is cleared away and repairs made, you might need to purchase replacements to replenish your supplies. Perhaps it is time for a new piece of furniture for added storage. By taking a close look at each room/space you can see what needs improving, refreshing or restocking.
Once you have identified the main areas that you need to work on, you can break down each category into action steps. You could even make a time line and try to complete a few items off the list a week. As you complete your action steps, each room will be in great condition and ready for the new year.