It’s a New Year & a New Decade!! We came up with 8 New Year’s Resolutions for YOU & Your Home. These tips from the point of view of an Interior Designer can truly make an impact on you, your family, and your guests. Like you, we’ve been busy thinking about fresh starts and changes we’d like to strive for, both in business and at home. As an Interior Designer, I’ve had the privilege of helping and watching as countless clients’ lives were positively impacted by the changes, big and small, that we made to their spaces. It’s one of the parts of what I do that warms my heart and let’s me know I’m making an impact for the better in those around me!
With that in mind, I highly recommend you give these 8 New Year Resolutions from an Interior Designer a try and let us know what you love the most!
Resolution #1 I will donate everything I haven’t used in the past year.
(Or at least a bunch of stuff I haven’t used in the past year!) Pick a week or two in January, and go through one room and/or closet per day and pick up each item and think about the last time you’ve used it. Literally, hold each item in your hands and think about how important it is (or isn’t) to you. You’ll be amazed how many things you just don’t need. If you want to get organized, stay tuned for some guide posts taking you room by room with the best ways to do it. Oh, and you’ll be a blessing to someone else in need!
Resolution #2 I will invest in the invisible at least as much as I do the visible.
Stress, anxiety, depression and lack of sleep are real things that really affect us! You can have a beautiful space – but if you haven’t worked on your “invisible” inventory, it will be difficult to enjoy your surroundings. This is a design principle we LOVE, and hope you’ll implement in the New Year! ”Work at least as hard in the invisible world as you do in the visible world.” – Rumi
Resolution #3 I will replace or repurpose one piece of furniture in my home.
It’s always fun buying new things for our home, but what’s even more special, is redesigning something old for a new purpose! Whether you’re a Do It Yourself (DIY) Maven or a beginner, there’s loads of fun and simple projects you can conquer around your home. Need some ideas? Then check out our fun “I Die for DIY” Pinterest board!
Resolution #4 I will bring out one heirloom or antique and display it.
There’s something truly romantic about displaying pieces from our past. Whether it’s an accessory you purchased at an auction or something that was passed down to you, bring it to the forefront! These items make great conversation pieces and remind us of where we’ve come from. In the words of Sally Coulthard, ”Surrounding ourselves with nostalgia & history helps us to plug into the past, making us feel grounded in the present & confident about looking to the future.”
Resolution #5 I will let go of any negative color, accessory, or piece of furniture that does not serve the direction I’m going in this year.
Did you experience a major loss this past year (divorce, job loss, etc.)? Don’t be afraid to let things go in your home that remind you of negative events. Of course, there are some things we want to hold on to when we overcome hard times, but, don’t be afraid to donate or throw away things that really won’t benefit your new state of mind in the New Year.
Resolution #6 I will make my bedroom a true haven.
If you’re like a lot of my clients…well, actually, me too….you’ve put off making your own bedroom and bath the relaxing retreat it should be. I know it’s hard to change your thinking from the common idea that making the public areas your guests will see should be priority over the private spaces. But, think about it. Your bedroom and bathroom are the first place you see every day and the last place you see every night. You probably spend more time in your bedroom than anywhere else in your home, and that time’s supposed to recharge you. So, make this a priority in the New Year! Indulge in luxurious feeling sheets, new pillows, and all the things that will make your bed irresistible. Create a space for YOU that is beautiful, tidy, and functional while also being free of distractions. I promise, you won’t regret it! And, I’d love to see the results so please share your pics with us.
Resolution #7 I will do one thing to improve the “face” of my home.
As we’ve said before, let’s not forget about the exterior of our homes. After all, it is the first impression anyone has of your cherished living space! Invest in a lawn service, install a sprinkler system, paint your front door a new color and remove that dying tree you’ve stared at for years! Everyone wants to feel good driving up to their home after a long day. So, go on and give yourself the gift that keeps on giving (and adds value to your home)!
Resolution #8 I will do one thing to improve my favorite room in the house.
Just when you think you love your favorite room enough, go the extra mile and add that lamp or fragrance decor you’ve been eying. It’s OK to splurge on your favorite space!
Now the fun part will be deciding which of these 8 New Year’s Resolutions for YOU & Your Home to do first! 🙂
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