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7 Home Resolutions to Start Off the New Year Right

New Year's means New Year's resolutions! As much as you may think you will go to the gym all year long, most of us won't last beyond two weeks; However, some simple tasks at the start of 2015 can really set your home up for a good rest of the year! Today, we're sharing how to accomplish this!

1. Clear Out the Clutter

Forget spring cleaning, do it in January! Start off the year right, with a clean home, and make sure that everything left over from the holidays is cleaned up and put away! Also, don't forget to take the opportunity to pick up anything else around the house that you don't need. This includes things in drawers and closets that you have been hoarding for years! Go find what you don't need anymore and donate it to charity or give it to friends. Make sure all of the rooms of you house don't have anything out in the open that doesn't need to be there, including movies and remotes, and anything taking up counter space that you don't use constantly.

2. Organize Your Belongings

While you're busy cleaning out things you no longer need, organize all the things you do need so you can find them easier! At some point over the last year maybe you realized your clothes, your silverware, your notepads, your magazines, or your movie  collection had become unorganized. Well, this is the perfect time to organize your shirts by color or to alphabetically sort your movies! Even if it doesn't last beyond the first month, organizing the things you use all the time can be satisfying to see and make you feel like your home is working in your favor!

3. Update Your Home's Lighting

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If you were noticing your home's lighting fixtures were a bit outdated, the start of the new year is a great time to upgrade. This can range anywhere from updating an old lamp to adding convenient motion-sensor lights inside a dark cabinet. The best part about this project is that it is quick! Other than maybe shopping for the perfect fixture, installing new lights can be done in a day and completely change how your house looks! You can put in recessed lighting so guests can focus more on the rest of the features of the room, or add in a vibrant and elegant chandelier to be the new centerpiece. Either way, you may end up seeing your home in a "new light" in 2015!

4. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

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Maybe instead of new lighting you need to add a new coat of paint! You can always try the Pantone color of the year [REFERENCE PREVIOUSBLOG],or you can just try any new color to give any room in you house a new feel. Maybe you were feeling overwhelmed by a bright color and want to tone it down, or you think your room is too boring and needs to be livened up! Either way, the start of the year is the perfect time to get a fresh start with a fresh coat of paint. Alternatively you can paint accents such as your trim to make it really stand out against a more neutral wall.

5. Make Resolutions to Be Cleaner

You can save yourself the headache of cleaning in the new year by taking small steps to reduce the mess. If you and your family wear shoes inside, leave them at the door to avoid tracking in dirt. Set a schedule for cleaning and stick to it, so nothing gets messier than you want it to be and everything can be done in manageable workloads.

6. Remodel a Bathroom

Bathrooms can quickly get outdated and unfashionable, and the start of the new year is the perfect time to incorporate all of the latest styles and trends into this often ignored room of the house. While remodeling a bathroom may seem like a daunting task with way too many complicated elements, it may be worth it! Doing this can increase the value of your home, and give it a sense of continuity if the rest of your space is updated and stylish.

7. Treat Yourself to a New Piece of Decor

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You don't need to think of the most practical price here. Let yourself splurge on a new piece of art or other decoration that you have been eyeing for some time and put it in the spot of your home that you have been dreaming about it being in for months! As the new year begins, adding a new focal piece that you have been wanting can be exactly what your home needs to be refreshed and revitalized!

Let the new year be a fresh start for your home with these tips and tricks. These are some simple (and some more complex) things you can do at the beginning of the year to start off strong and rocket into 2015 with a fresh home filled with style and cleanliness!