2012 is almost over, which means that you get to look forward to a new year full of success, failure, surprise and change. If you’re thinking about taking a big step in the new year, why not start with your home? Here are some ways to reinvigorate your home in 2013.
Declutter and De-stress
If your New Year’s resolutions include the world “organize,” “less stress,” or “clean,” it’s probably time to take a look at your living space. A clean workstation makes for more productivity and a clean home will make for a happier you, so declutter to reduce self-inflicted stress. If you’re worried about saying a permanent goodbye to your belongings, self-storage is one of the easiest ways to ameliorate the sweet sorrow of parting. Keep your prized possessions in a safe and convenient storage unit for as long as you want, while still enjoying newfound space and peace of mind.
Out with the Old, In with the New
Sometimes, all a room needs to come back to life is a new piece of furniture. You don’t have to go crazy with replacing old furniture, but chose one particular piece that has overstayed its welcome and get rid of it. Treat yourself to that new hutch you’ve always wanted, or the longer sofa in light green.
Color is also especially important–a tasteful splash of complementary color can really brighten your room and breath life into an otherwise stale environment. If you’re unsure, think about what mood you want your room to convey–sunny and bright? Calm and soothing? Sultry and romantic? Play around and have fun.
Let Your Home Entertain
Everyone should try entertaining at least once in their life. Even if you don’t have the most optimal space, the process of trying to rearrange and repurpose furniture can give you some great results even after the party has ended. You may find yourself leaving the kitchen island where you moved it for the party, because it streamlines your cooking process. You don’t have to throw a big bash–a small dinner party or potluck will do the trick and enable you to look at your space in a new light. Start the new year off with a renewed sense of genuine joy and appreciation for your home.
Jenny Zhang is a writer at SpareFoot, the online marketplace where you can find and reserve a self-storage unit with comparison shopping tools that show real-time availability and exclusive deals.