Your home contributes so much to your energy and the way you feel, especially now that we’re home so much. So today I wanted to help you reset your home, so you can get some new energy flowing in there.
I believe that the way we create our home and the items we put in it have so much impact on us, whether we realize it or not. Have you ever moved a chair and instantly decided it didn’t feel right, or maybe it felt great?
By switching up our environment we can also shake up our inner selves, and what better time to do that than for the new year?
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Here are 10 tips to reset your home!
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Change your colors
For a full reset, consider changing your colors. Paint a wall, get new pillow cases or change up your decor. This is a bigger step than the other tips I have for you, and it truly depends on how big you want this reset to be.
It could be as small as getting new pillow cases, getting new bedsheets (more on that later), putting contact paper on your kitchen counter to give it a new look, or painting a wall. Whatever feels right to you, do that!
Other ways to change your colors are to change your window treatments, add rugs or switching out hardware in kitchens and bathrooms.
Go through your clothes
An essential part of any plan to reset your home is to check the closet. Donate any clothes that you don’t wear anymore, preferably to places like homeless shelters or second hand stores. If you have any clothes that you love but that need to be fixed in any way, bring them to your tailor so they can get fixed and you can wear them again. For every item, consider how it makes you feel. Ideally you have a closet full of clothes that make you feel like a million bucks.
An important note here is to also check your socks and underwear. They’re often ignored or forgotten, but it’s so important to have good socks and underwear, as they truly support you throughout the day.
Go through your collections
We all have a collection of some kind. Whether we have a lot of books, mugs, video games or figurines. Go through them, and make sure you love them all. If it is a product to be used, do you use all of them? Is anything broken but you’re holding on to it? Are there any you have but secretly don’t like?
Again, ideally you have a collection of which you truly love every piece and they all make you happy.
For me it’s books, so every once in a while I go through my bookshelf and I make sure I only have books that I’d love to read again, that were inspiring or that have touched me in some way.
Deep clean kitchen and bathrooms
Deep cleaning the kitchen is so satisfying, and Especially things like condiments can expire without us realizing, and can live in our fridges for years. Again, use common sense and look, smell and possibly taste before throwing it out.
Then clean your cupboards, your countertops, the backsplash and let your dishwasher run a cleaning cycle.
Clean the bathrooms as well. Check if your grout needs cleaning, and clean those annoying spots you usually skip. For a true reset, go the extra mile. It pays off, and it’ll feel so good when you’re done!
Let’s be honest, most of us have found food before that expired 2 years earlier. So to truly refresh your home, go through your pantry and check all the expiration dates. If something is expired, use common sense to decide whether it needs to be thrown out. A lot of foods that are expired can be perfectly fine, and we don’t want to be wasteful, just clean. Consumer Reports has written a very comprehensive post about expiration dates.
The goal here is just to prevent any expired foods from hanging around for years, and to be aware of what is in your cupboards.
Return everything to its proper place
Over time, things in our houses end up in different places. Sometimes they don’t stray too far, other times you see something and truly wonder how it got there. So go through your house and return everything to its rightful place. If you notice you have things that don’t have a home, find them a home or consider whether you really need to keep them.
Assign rooms in your homes (or areas) to specific activities, and collect all related items in that room or area. This will keep your home neat and your mind clear.
See if anything needs to be done or fixed, then make sure to do it or get someone else to do it
Another simple way to reset your home is to tackle your home improvement list.
Often when something in our home needs to happen and it’s not urgent (like a burst pipe), we’ll “do it later”. But these things stack up, and later never comes. So to reset your home, do a full inventory of those things. Any paintings to be hung, leaking taps to be fixed or other small things to be done?
Make a full list and assign a day, a weekend or someone else to do the tasks. It feels so good to finish that list, and it’s a very simple way to give your home (and your mood) a little boost.
Clean the front door and entryway
We often ignore or forget these places, but they are what other people see first. So arm yourself with cleaning spray and a cleaning cloth, and clean your front door to welcome new visitors with open arms.
Check your doormat. Clean it if possible, or consider getting a new one if it’s quite run down. Then clean and organize your hallway. Make it so that every time you step into your home, you feel great and happy.
Refresh your wall art
If you have some wall art, change it around! Maybe you can move pictures between rooms, or change the frames. You can also opt to get some new art!
I personally love getting posters from etsy because often I can print them myself so it saves a lot of money, and they are absolutely gorgeous! I have these banana leaves above my bed (isn’t it pretty?) and I have some of these foil prints in my office with inspiring quotes.
Wall art can make such a big difference in your room, and it really sets the mood. So if you’re looking for a refresh, changing your pictures or getting some new postures can be a cheap, easy place to start.
It’s also a great reason to go through your pictures from the last year(s) and pick your favorites to print and frame those.
Assess your bedsheets, is it time to get new ones?
I don’t know about you, but I feel it’s easy to not pay attention to my bedsheets. Of course I wash them regularly, but I don’t often check if they’re still good, whole and complete. As they can have little tears, rips or holes that we don’t usually see, this is your invitation to check your bedsheets and consider getting new ones. Of course you can also get new ones if you want to refresh your room and go for a different mood, look or simply an upgrade from your current sheets.
Refresh your towels
Don’t you love the feeling of hotel towels, all nice and fluffy? And if you have once bought those nice and fluffy towels, are they still? Likely not. But I’m sure you want them to be nice and fluffy again! As towels are some of our most used items in the house, they get tired over the years. Fortunately, there is a simple trick to fix that! All you need is your towels, your washing machine, some vinegar and baking soda.
First put your towels through a cycle of hot water and one cup of vinegar. You don’t need any detergent or anything else for this, just the vinegar.
Then, put your towels through a second cycle of hot water and a half cup of baking soda. Again, nothing else.
When they’re done with the 2 cycles, put them in the dryer on the hot setting until they are dry. If you don’t have a dryer of course you can let them air dry, but it won’t be exactly the same. They’ll still be super clean though!
This is the ultimate refresh for your towels, and you will love how they feel when they come out!
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