7 Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

I don’t know about you, but ever since the holidays passed, I’ve been dying to refresh our home. The new year always ushers in feelings of newness and change. Plus, I’ve been binging on Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, just like everyone else! For instance, if you follow me on Instagram, you saw that last weekend I refreshed our bathroom which is what’s inspired today’s post! If you’re in the mood for a little bit of a reorganization in your home, these 7 easy tips will help you refresh your home and make it feel totally perfect for the new year.

How to Make Your Home Feel Fresh for the New Year

1. Put away the holiday decor.

Even though the holidays are wonderful and the most anticipated time fo the year, there’s still something really nice about putting it all away. Out with the holiday decoration and in with a uncluttered home! Try and kill two birds with one stone by carefully organizing your seasonal goods this year. This will make your life easier for next year. Plus, it’s a good opportunity to purge anything that you might not want to keep. Full disclosure, I miiiight have taken down our holiday decor on December 26. I just needed to free up some space in our home!

Be sure to check out Ashley’s free printable Christmas storage labels — totally genius.

2. Deep clean.

After that, giving your home a good cleaning is another way to refresh your home. Trust me, it feels amazing! If this feels too daunting, you could always hire a cleaning service to do a deep clean. Even though our bungalow is only 640 square feet, I like to do this twice a year. I’ve found that a deep clean helps to hit the ‘reset’ button. In addition, it helps keep my allergies at bay!

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3. Shop the January bedding sales.

It just so happens that many stores have bedding sales in January, making this the best time to buy linens for your home. Usually that includes bedding, towels, and sheets. If you’ve been eyeing a set of new linen sheets, a fresh duvet, or even just new pillows, now is the best time to shop. Additionally, the deals just cannot be beat! I like to think of it as the perfect way to refresh your home in a cozy, intimate way.

Here are a few of my favorite brands hosting some incredible sales on bed linens right now:

4. Rearrange some furniture.

A great way to reboot your home and make it feel brand new is to simply move around the pieces that you already own! Homestyler is my favorite tool to help me figure out a new floor plan and map out the space. This helps you visualize a new furniture layout before you even do the heavy lifting. You can actually plug in your furniture measurements and see how it looks — so cool and it’s free! See how I’ve used it in the past for our backyard makeover.

5. Get a some new plants.

I am definitely on Team Real Plant. There’s something about faux plants that just makes me really, really sad. Bringing natural elements into your home can really freshen up your home sooo easily. Some plants that are great for improving your indoor air quality are Aloe, Bamboo Palm, Dragon Tree, Snake Plant, Pothos, and Philodendron (to name a few).

We’ve shared loads of posts about plants, so here are a few to get you started:

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6. Hang new artwork.

Similarly, add new life to a boring, blank wall by hanging new art. You could go for a full on gallery wall or just a single statement piece. Bonus points if you use vintage art!

7. Take inventory of your cleaning supplies.

While you’re in the mood to refresh your home, definitely take stock of your cleaning supplies. Ask yourself questions like, “Do I really need this many under the sink?” Now is the perfect time to think about simplifying! Use up the last of the products you already own. Then, think about investing in some more natural products that are better for the environment. Stay tuned because we are going to be talking about this more in the coming year!

How else do you refresh your home for the new year? I’d love to know what works for you!

Photography by Meghan Klein for Coco Kelley and The Residency Bureau, used with permission.

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Joanna Hawley-McBride is a Pacific Northwest-based social media strategist, content creator, and former textile designer. Joanna is the founder and editor-in-chief of Jojotastic, a lifestyle blog focused on Joanna’s work-in-progress cabin, finding the best pair of underwear through #UnderwearThesis, and empowering women to explore nature — all in her signature unfiltered style. Her work has been featured in Domino, CNBC, and Eating Well.

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