4 Resolutions Your Home Wants You to Make
Think of your home as your New Year’s resolution ally—a base camp where personal transformation happens. But here’s the rub: You have to whip it into shape first. Here’s what it wants you to do.
Spruce up the place
You don’t need to do a total design overhaul. Focus on making a few small decor changes in one room. For example, add cozy throw blankets and pillows to the living room. Refresh the look of your bedroom with luxe, vintage-looking bedding. Feeling more ambitious? Hang new curtains. (Read how to do it like a designer.)
Organize the closet, finally
First thing: Whittle down your wardrobe to the necessities only (here’s how to do it painlessly). Use a moveable clothing rack to place VIP items in a separate room. Store foldable pieces, like sweaters and leggings, on a hanging shelf. Organize belts and scarves on accessory hooks. Finally, stash shoes in an over-the-door organizer, and marvel at the fact that you can see your floor again.
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Purge the pantry
It’s a New Year, so dump the unhealthy junk. Transfer snack foods from original packaging to opaque containers–studies show seeing certain foods can boost feelings of hunger. Use labels to identify items. Turntable-style cabinet organizers offer additional storage space in small spaces and let you easily access items when you need them.
Be more energy-efficient
Who doesn’t want to reduce household bills? A smart thermostat learns your preferred temperature settings and saves energy. A smart smoke detector, like Nest, does regular self-checks, speaks like a human, and sends informational alerts to your phone. So, the new you will be richer and wiser, too.