It’s a new year and, if you’re like me, as soon as all the holiday decor comes down and gets put away you feel an itch to clean, organize and refresh every inch of your house! But in my own rush to redo, I’ve learned it doesn’t have to cost a dime! Here are 10 small things I’ve done in the last couple weeks that really helped refresh our home, and more importantly, refresh the way I feel about our home.
1. Rearrange furniture.
Rearranging furniture has to be classified as some sort of legit therapy, because its an immediate boost for me every time. And bonus, it’s free to do! I love trying furniture in different configurations or even moving pieces from room to room. Most recently, I moved our coffee table from the family room up to our study. And I love it in here! (Disclaimer: I loved it downstairs, too, and I’m pretty sure it would look good wherever it landed.) This rearrangement was not just for looks though. The girls are really starting to use the playroom to its fullest now, inviting friends over, and because this coffee table was not inexpensive–I wanted to set them up for success (aka not get in trouble for hurting furniture that I put in their play path), so I moved it up here.
2. Clean out your junk drawer.
It’s time. Clean out all those expired coupons, junk mail and worn out pens and markers. You’ll feel loads lighter.
3. Print off some new family pictures (or printable art)!
File this under the “almost free” projects that’s absolutely worth it. While I love seeing my little babies all over the house, it was time to make room for updated pictures, too! I’m printing off Polly and Willow photos for the gallery wall in the dining room and gearing up to add Polly to the large, black and white portraits in the Family Room, which means new pictures of all three girls! (See how to make your own large portraits–I had them printed for under $5!–right here.)
Or! If family pictures aren’t your thing, check out digital art sources on Etsy, or my favorite–Jenny’s Print Shop–that allow you to print out art for a lot cheaper than purchasing a print to refresh those frames on the cheap!
4. Wash your windows.
I couldn’t believe how squeaky clean my whole house looked after I washed the inside and outside of the windows! Every room looks brighter!
5. Clip Branches from Outside.
Filling a vase with some clippings from outside is an instant way to add life to any room or centerpiece, or even your nightstand! For free!
6. Purge your closet.
I love a good closet clean out at the beginning of the year. We’re now a decent way into winter and if I haven’t worn it yet–I probably never will. A few other questions I ask myself while trying to decide whether something stays or goes, “Would I buy it again right now?” “Do I LOVE the way it looks on me?” and “Does it fit me?” This is a hard one coming off of being pregnant, but I’ve decided, I don’t need those size 2 jeans taunting me anymore. Anything damaged–goes! I have enough “paint clothes.”
(pretty closet via)
7. Sell something you no longer use or love.
I’ve had an upholstered blue bench sitting in our bedroom for, at least, 7 months. It was once in our entry, and in great condition, but I just didn’t have the space or use for it anymore. If you have something similar–that’s more of a dust or clothes collector now, or you’ve had it in storage for way too long just waiting to find the perfect spot for it–let go! Cash in! I love selling these types of things on our neighborhood Facebook page. The extra room to breathe is so much more valuable.
8. Restyle open shelves.
When you’re itching for change, that doesn’t always mean you have to redo the entire living room–although it might for sure feel that way. Instead, try switching up something on a smaller scale. I added some holiday vibes to the shelves in our kitchen last month, so when I was switching things back, I mixed in a few new pieces and it feels so fresh!
9. Switch your light bulbs.
Maybe mismatched light bulbs, or harsh colors could fly in 2017. But in 2018, your home’s lighting is going to be on point. Check out this post for our bulb recommendations (including watt and kelvin color!)–I 100% guarantee your whole house will feel better.
10. Make a new evening playlist and light a candle that doesn’t smell like a Christmas Tree farm.
It’s been Christmas music and holly berry non-stop for 6 weeks. But it’s a new year now. New year. New
You House. Sounds and smells can effect the way your home feels in a big way, so instead of going back to the way things were in November, why not put on a new playlist (Can I recommend this acoustic one for evenings?) and light a fresh candle–that isn’t gingerbread, balsam, or insert anything related to the holidays here. This Fig & Jasmine one is off the charts for me right now!
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