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All right, all right. You make a valid point. It’s not quite the new year, but January is still the first month of the year, so we’re good. As we’re now past the midway point of said first month, you’re probably looking around at everything in your life and fired up to make profound changes. Well, since you’re on that track, this is a perfect time for us to be that encourager by your side, helping you get the best of 2024 as far as lifestyle matters go. So, whether you want to declutter, redecorate, or renovate, here are 10 fun and easy ideas to inspire you to refresh your home in 2024 without breaking the bank… or your back:
1. Get That Paintbrush Out
Nothing changes the mood of a room like a splash of colour. You can paint a whole wall, a door, or just a part of it to create a focal point or a contrast. You can also use stencils or stickers to create exciting patterns or shapes. This is important: Make sure you choose a colour that suits your personality and style, or if you want to go crazy, go for something bold and unexpected.
Studies have shown that lighting can affect your mood, productivity, and energy level. You can update your lighting setup by changing bulbs, lamps, or fixtures. Add candles, fairy lights, or lanterns to create a warm and romantic ambience. These days, with smart home tech getting cheaper, you can think about using dimmers, timers, or smart devices and apps to control your lighting according to your needs and preferences.
3. Go Green
Plants are not only beautiful but also beneficial for your health and well-being. They purify the air, reduce stress, and boost your mood. You can add some plants to your living room, bedroom, kitchen, or bathroom, or even create a mini garden on your balcony if you have one. You can also use planters, pots, baskets, or vases to display your plants differently.
Curtains can make a big difference in the look and feel of your home. They can also help you control the amount of light and privacy you want. You can swap your curtains for a new pair or change them according to the season or the occasion. Mix and match different patterns or textures to create a unique and cosy atmosphere.
5. Sweet Dreams
Your bed is where you spend a third of your life, so you want to make it as comfortable and inviting as possible. You can refresh your bedding by changing your sheets, pillowcases or covers. You can add some pillows, blankets, or throws to make your bed cosier and more colourful. You can also use different fabrics, such as cotton, silk, or flannel, to suit your taste… and the weather.
6. Rearrange Your Furniture
Sometimes, all you need to refresh your home is to rearrange your furniture. You can move your sofa, bed or shelves to a different spot. Think about rotating them to a different angle. You can also swap some pieces from one room to another or take a deep breath and be bold enough to eliminate some items you don’t need or use anymore. You’ll be surprised by how much space and style you can create by moving things around.
7. Show Off Your Favourite Art
Art can add some personality and flair to your home. You can display some paintings, posters or prints on your walls or create a gallery wall with a collection of your favourite pieces. By the way, you don’t have some million-dollar art piece to show it off. Even your favourite nephew’s doodles can add a nice touch if placed right. Alternatively, you can make your own art by using your creativity and imagination and repurposing some items you already have.
8. Organize Your Closet
A cluttered closet can make you feel like screaming out of frustration. Who wants that? How about organizing your closet by sorting your clothes, shoes, and accessories into categories, such as colour, season or occasion. Use boxes, bins and dividers to store your items neatly and efficiently. If you’ve got some stuff lying around that you don’t need anymore, donate or sell them. That warm feeling you get from being generous will be worth it.
9. Personalize Your Space
Your home reflects who you are, so you want to make it as personal and unique as possible. You can personalize your space by adding items that align with your hobbies, passions or memories. You can also use your initials to customize items, such as mugs, towels and pillows. It’s really up to you how crazy you want to go. Another thing you can do is use stickers, decals, or magnets to decorate your fridge or laptop. You decide how far this goes.
10. Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness
Do you hear the angels singing? We do. This is our way of saying that you should ensure your home is always clean and sanitary. You can clean and sanitize your home using natural or eco-friendly products like vinegar, baking soda, or lemon. You can also use essential oils, such as the ever-popular lavender, peppermint or eucalyptus, to make your home smell fresh and pleasant. You can also use some tools, such as a vacuum, a mop, or a steam cleaner, to make cleaning easier and faster. If your budget allows, look into portable versions of these appliances. Like we said about smart home devices, many may cost less than you think.
So, that’s our list of things you can do to refresh your home in 2024. Please don’t feel like you have to do them all at once, by the way. Choose the ones that suit your budget, time and style, or develop your ideas. Ultimately, you want to enjoy your home and have fun in it. Happy New Year!
Do you have some additional ideas about how you can refresh your home in 2024? Please share them with us.