Preparing Ourselves and Our Homes for the New Year


The new year is almost here. With a new year comes big plans for our homes. We might be thinking about starting a home improvement project. We might also be thinking about how we can simply make our space better work for us.

There are many ways we can prepare ourselves and our homes to set ourselves up for success in the new year. Once we understand our personal goals, we can work on making our home a place that works for us and not against us.

To prepare our homes we will need to do some sorting, cleaning, organizing, and rearranging. If we are willing to put in the time and effort, we can enjoy our new year confident it will be our most successful year possible.

Understand Our Goals

What we hope to accomplish in the new year can impact what type of home improvement projects we will need to tackle.

For example, if we want to get outside more, we might look into how to create an amazing garden outside that will be ready when spring arrives. On the other hand, if we want to make our lives more comfortable, we might focus on Hygge.

We could do this by finding ways to create a mini sanctuary in our homes filled with warm blankets, cozy clothing, and slippers. Once we understand ourselves, we can take the clothing that fills our closets, the furniture we have, and the way we store seasonal items and transform them into our dream home space.  

Seeing What We Already Have

The first step we should take when getting ready for the new year is to do a bit of sorting. This helps us know what we have and how much space we need. As we sort, we will often find useful items we have forgotten about such as a cute pair of women’s slippers with arch support.

On the other hand, when we are sorting, we may find items that we no longer need and which we can donate to charity. That extra sweater in our closet that does not fit perfectly might be wonderful for someone else. Making room for the coming year means a fresh start, and sorting is the best way to get started.

Organizing What We Have

As we think about the new year, we should consider spending a day or two organizing our home if it is cluttered. Once we have sorted our items, we will know what kind of space we will need to store everything.

Using labels and containers to create an  accessible storage system for things we only use on occasion can make a great difference. As a bonus those of us who keep our homes orderly are less prone to suffering from anxiety.

Deep Cleaning Our Space 

We should also consider dedicating a weekend to deep cleaning our home or apartment. Cleaning itself is a helpful technique to relieve holiday stress since it provides an immediate sense of success. If we put on our favorite music or movie, cleaning does not have to be a chore.

If we really are struggling to focus on work, we can always turn it into a game. We can say if we clean for 15 minutes straight, we get a cup of our favorite tea. The deeper our homes are cleaned, the easier it will be to keep them clean moving forward into the new year. 

Rearranging What We Have

When was the last time we changed the layout of our furniture and decorations? If it’s been a while, chances are our current furniture situation is no longer bringing us joy. Rearranging our furniture can make a big difference in how we feel living in a space.

Our homes are where we spend most of our time. Therefore, we should make sure they are arranged in such a way that we feel comfortable. We want our homes set up in a way that is useful for us.

Some of this comes from being honest. If we use our kitchen table for crafts instead of eating, we might choose a smaller table for our kitchen and move the larger table into our craft room.

Sandy Jensen
Sandy Jensen, a celebrated writer in the home and garden niche, boasts over 12 years of hands-on experience. Her educational background includes a Bachelor’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. Before joining our team in 2016, she worked as a landscape designer, combining her love for nature and design. Sandy's expertise shines through her articles, offering readers practical and aesthetically pleasing gardening tips. Off the clock, she enjoys hiking and nature photography, further nurturing her connection with the outdoors.

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