As we enter a new year, it’s natural to want to start fresh with new habits and goals. Whether you’re on the hunt for a new home and are getting ready to sell or are settling into your space, we all have home-oriented goals.
But are those habits and resolutions that you set on January 1st sticking around? Either way, we’ve got you covered with some of the best tips and tricks to keep up with everything from decluttering to decorating your home.
Make a Plan
No matter what your goal is, if there is no plan backing it up, it’s just an idea. In order to make a goal actionable and realistic in your home, make sure you’re really looking at the things you want to accomplish and break them down into the steps that will need to be taken. Ultimately, if there are smaller tasks that can be completed to get you to your home goals, they’re much more likely to happen and help you reach those larger goals.
For example, if you can break down the task of decluttering into specific 5-minute projects (ie. going through the medicine cabinet, shoe collection, or desk drawer), you could tackle one every day. Over the course of a few weeks, months, or even years, those seemingly small tasks will have a significant impact on the overall clutter in your home.
If your goal is to DECLUTTER:
Start small and select one room or area of your home and focus on that. This can be larger areas such as an open kitchen/living/dining space like we see in open-concept homes, or it can be as simple as one drawer in your bathroom. Whatever you have the time or focus for is a great place to start. Some progress is better than none!
Go through each item at a time. Ask yourself if you really need each item and if it is something that still brings you joy. If not, consider donating, selling, or recycling it. Once you have finished with one area, move on to the next. Again, these can be as small of chunks as you want. Don’t overwhelm yourself – decluttering can be particularly emotional and sentimental, so it’s essential to not rush the process if you’re feeling overloaded.
If your goal is to CLEAN:
Create a schedule for yourself to help stay on track. Break down your tasks into manageable chunks, again considering the time you have available to you and the time each task will take. Then, assign each task to a specific day of the week. This will help you stay on top of your cleaning and make it easier to stay consistent.
Another great way to motivate yourself to tackle those cleaning tasks is to associate them with something you enjoy. Call up a friend, listen to a podcast, or put on a favorite movie in the background while you work, and cleaning can become more than a chore – it can become almost enjoyable.
If your goal is to DECORATE:
Maybe you’re prepping your home to sell and looking to decorate with the intention of having great listing photos, or maybe you’re just wanting to have a home that better reflects your style. Either way, this is a great goal to have but can feel limited by your available time, budget, and skill.
Begin by focusing on one room or area at a time, and create a general schedule of when you’d like to have each room “done.” Decorating is an ongoing process, so there’s no pressure to be completely finished, but a schedule will help prioritize each area of the home and encourage you to take the time to get it done.
Then, create a vision for what you want the space to look like. If you’re planning to sell your home, that might mean focusing on the home’s features – like placing furniture to accent a beautiful fireplace. Or, maybe that means that you need to understand how the room will function and where you can add some personal touches of style. Consult Pinterest or similar websites to gather inspiration, and then schedule time for yourself to search secondhand stores, home decor websites, and local boutiques to curate the look you want at any budget.