7 Ways to Refresh Your Home for the New Year

At the beginning of each New Year, we often think of resolutions and constructive changes that we want to make in ourselves. Why not apply that approach to your home, too? Here are some ideas for ways to revive and revitalize your home for the coming year:

  1. Start the New Year with a “clean” slate by clearing out junk and clutter from closets, drawers, basements, attics, and garages. Donate the items or hold a garage sale to dispose of things that you no longer need or use. Clearing out unnecessary items can help you feel lighter and more energized, as well as give you more space.
  1. Follow up your New Year’s purge by getting your home organized. Categorize paperwork, rethink storage spaces, and rearrange kitchen and bathroom objects to be more accessible.
  1. Why wait until spring to give your home a deep cleaning? Dreary winter weather can be more conducive to staying inside and tackling cleaning chores. Go ahead and give your home a thorough scrubbing and free yourself to enjoy the warm springtime days ahead.
  1. Rearranging furniture can give rooms an instant lift. Before you start any heavy lifting, measure large furniture pieces and block out the new arrangement ideas on graph paper to make sure everything fits. While you’re rearranging, look for ways to repurpose furniture, too. For example, an old trunk can make an interesting coffee table for a den or living room, while a wooden ladder can serve as a decorative shelf for plants or a bathroom towel rack.
  1. Change the look of rooms, hallways, and even furniture with a fresh coat of paint. Buy small samples of paint colors first to try out new shades before you commit to larger quantities. Even old, worn, and scratched pieces of furniture can be rejuvenated with a bit of sanding and new paint. Try painting individual pieces in bold shades to add a pop of color to rooms. Consider updating the hardware, too.
  1. You don’t have to buy all new furniture to change the look and feel of a room. Instead, switch up accessories and artwork to reflect a different style or theme. If you don’t have the budget for new accessories, try bringing in accessories from other rooms or shop garage and tag sales for bargain treasures.
  1. Take care of delayed maintenance. Walk around the interior and exterior of your home and make a list of all the tasks you’ve been postponing. Even if you don’t have the time or budget to do everything at once, make a calendar of what needs to be done throughout the year and schedule when you’re going handle each project. Scheduling makes it easier to carve out time and to budget for maintenance expenses.

Make a resolution to add HSA Home Warranty coverage to help protect your household budget as well as some of your home’s most critical system components and appliances in the coming year. An HSA Home Warranty also gives you a reliable repair resource to call when covered items malfunction due to normal wear and tear. With an HSA Home Warranty on your side, you won’t have to stress this year when covered breakdowns occur due to normal wear and tear.