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Kick-start the New Year with these 6 Home Resolutions

It’s that time of year again where we reflect on our past, our achievements and ponder our new goals and desires for the year. For some of us, those goals might include having a house you can call home. A home that is quintessential to who you are, your style and your life. So stop dreaming about the home you’ve always wanted and kick-start this year with a few tips to help you cross off at least one of your 2016 New Year resolutions..


Feel gratitude


Is your glass half full or half empty? It’s so easy to dwell about what you don’t have and completely forget about what you do have. Despite whether you feel your home is too small or doesn’t exude the current trends, your home shelters and protects you and your family. Take some time out of your day to remember this and really appreciate and feel gratitude for your home as it is. This will open doorways to more positive thoughts and when you feel it’s time to make some changes to your home, it will happen as you desire.

Start Now: Start a gratitude journal and note down 5 things you love about your home and note 10 things about your home you feel you could appreciate more. Set aside some time each day to flip through it as a reminder to feel grateful.



Know what you like


It’s very easy to be sucked into trends, simply because it’s a trend. Not all trends suit all living styles, so before you go and paint your bedroom black because ‘black is back’ in the latest home styled magazine, make sure you really know what you like. This will ensure your home genuinely reflects who you and your family are. There is nothing more trend killing than walking into someone’s home and it looks like a picture out of an Ikea brochure.

Start Now: Start a vision board of things you like. Digital platforms are the way to go. We like Houzz and Pinterest. Houzz is a great way to browse all things home related and start an Ideas Board. Pinterest allows the same functionality. Collect, share, pin, whichever way you choose, just make sure you choose things that you really connect with. Your character will shine through the things you like and when those things become a reality in your home, you will shine with a happiness you deserve.





Less is More


Ever heard the old saying ‘Out with the old, in with the new’? Before you start adding more to your home, get rid of things that you don’t like or that no longer serve a purpose in your home. It’s easy to keep walking past that vase you absolutely hate or that worn down chair in the corner every day. If it evokes a negative feeling in you, get rid of it. Removing the negative is just as important as focussing on the positive.

Start Now: Make of a list of all the things you would like to get rid of in your home. Then sit down (preferably in your favourite chair) with a cup of tea and objectively go through your list. Note what you can remove today and make a plan to remove the rest.







Avoid the urge to impulse buy


Now that you’ve cleaned out your home of the things you dislike or that no longer serve a purpose, don’t go on a shopping frenzy to replace those items. It often takes time to style a home the way you want. Take your time and spend more mindfully. Every time you find yourself about to make a purchase, ask yourself if you really need it. If it’s purely for décor, only buy it if you absolutely love it and you know exactly where it will go.

Start Now: Write on a sticky note “Do I really need it? Do I really love it? Do I have the perfect place to put it?” and place it in your purse or on your computer if you shop online. It will serve as a great reminder the next time you have the urge to spend.



Be creative with what you have


Often times we put constraints in the too hard basket, but constraints can actually be a blessing in disguise. It allows you to kick your creativeness into gear, by working with what you have and thinking outside the box. Constraints could be anything from not being allowed to hang frames or artwork on the walls to having too small a bathroom, to not having enough kitchen bench to work on. Whatever it is, it’s time to look at your problem with a fresh perspective and come up with solutions to solve your problem.

Start Now: Write down at least 5 of your home’s biggest issues and try to see them not as problems but as small hurdles to overcome. If you’re not up to devising a creative solution yourself, try Googling your issue, you are bound to find a myriad of solutions that may work for you.










Treat yourself


As cliché as it sounds, it really is the little things that make us happy. As much as you might wish you could live in that huge 4 bedroom penthouse with views of the ocean, you will probably be just as happy cozing up with your cat, a cup of tea and your favourite book on a rainy day. There are plenty of things in life that can make you happy without it costing you an arm and a leg. In fact, mostly, those things actually cost very little if anything at all. It might be fresh flowers, a hot bath with scented candles or a coffee from your favourite coffee shop. It’s a great way to appreciate and be grateful for what you have as proposed in our first tip above. That said, there’s no reason you can’t dream bigger than your favourite coffee. If something you desire is quite expensive, plan for it and save. Planning ahead and saving for things you really want is the best way to create a home that truly reflects your tastes.

Start Now: Make a list of the little and big things that make you happy. Do the simple cost effective things more often and plan and save for the bigger things.

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