It’s the new year, and that means it’s time to reflect and also make goals for living a better, healthier life. Losing weight, exercising more and eating healthier are all common resolutions – but what about your home? The following are some quick and affordable solutions for creating a more organized, feel-good home.
1. Add storage. Whether it’s bins for toys, drawer organizers in the kitchen, or new shelving, there are so many unique storage solutions available. Ikea, the Container Store, and big box stores all offer unique storage solutions to help give everything in your home a proper place.
2. Focus on your entryway or mudroom. What is the first thing you see when you walk into your home? Making sure this area is clean and welcoming will make you feel at ease when you come home and also make visitors feel comfortable as soon as they arrive.
3. Add some hooks. Hooks can be a simple and cheap solution for managing coats, umbrellas, purses and backpacks – they even in small spaces!
4. Switch out your showerhead. A great relaxing shower gets you ready to tackle the day ahead.
5. Restock your linen closet. How old are your sheets and bath towels? Getting an upgrade can help you sleep and feel better.
6. Create a place for shoes. The last thing you want to do when you get home is trip over shoes. This can be as simple as a big basket for collecting and organizing the family’s shoes.
7. Upgrade your lighting. Good lighting can make a room feel much more comfortable and there are many solutions that don’t require an electrician.
8. Utilize labels. From the pantry to the playroom, storage bins are fabulous for organizing. But the key to knowing where everything is and keeping items correctly sorted is labels.
9. Identify the extras. You’ve probably heard the rule about getting rid of clothes you haven’t worn in over a year. But what else have you not used in over a year?
10. Add some wall architecture. Crown molding, baseboards, and wainscoting can really make a room feel more upscale.
11. Find a room scent you love. You’ll feel better in a house that smells fresh and clean. Candles, diffusers, and plug-ins are all easy ways to get your home smelling as good as it looks.
12. Go digital. Maybe you have a lot of DVDs, CDs or books that you now own digitally. These items can take up a lot of space and it may be time to ditch them.
13. Create zones in multipurpose rooms. Your living room probably serves multiple purposes – reading, playing, watching TV, playing with a pet, etc. Identify each of the activities that take place in each room and create a separate area or zone.
14. Dress up windows. Curtains and wood blinds make your windows look complete. Switching them out for something new can quickly update a room.
15. Paint your front door. A new color can really enhance your curb appeal and set the tone for entering your home.
16. Update your knobs and handles on your kitchen cabinets. A kitchen update doesn’t have to take a lot of time or money. You can easily create a wow factor in your kitchen by swapping out hardware in under an hour.
17. Create easy, reachable storage solutions for kids. If you have kids, you know they can be messy and cleaning up the same toys over and over is a chore. Look for fun storage solutions that are within reach for children so that they can do more of their own cleanup.
18. Don’t forget the garage. Often overlooked, your garage can quickly be overtaken by tools, paint, sports gear and more. Look for solutions that mount to the wall or ceiling of your garage and designate specific spots for each item.
19. Touch paper once. Even in a digital world, we still deal with paper that can become unorganized and cluttered. Whenever you can – decide to touch paper only once. Whether it’s a bill, a permission slip, or something else, take care of it rather than stacking it up in a to-do pile.
20. Revive your fireplace. Painting, adding stone or a new mantle can be a fairly easy job that instantly updates once of the main features of your home.
21. Add a houseplant. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are plenty of low-maintenance options available to add some greenery to your home.
22. Update your kitchen tools. How old are your pots, pans, knives and baking dishes? Upgraded items may just help you cook a bit more often or even a little healthier.
23. Hire someone to do a deep clean. Weekly cleanings by a professional may not be in your budget, but getting your home deep cleaned every once in a while can make it instantly feel amazing.
What are your favorite tips and tricks for a happier home? We’d love to hear about them in the comments!