8 achievable New Year’s resolutions for your home
Do good for you and for others with your home décor choices by following these interiors resolutions in the coming year.
We know the old addage ‘New Year, new me’, but what have you got in mind to change for 2020?
There are plenty of ways that you can not only improve the way your home looks, but also its impact on the wider world and the way it affects how you and your loved ones live.
We’ve come up with 8 resolutions for your home interiors that, unlike going on a vegan, gluten-free, sugar cleanse this January, are actually pretty easy to stick to.
Make eco swaps
Image: Refillable plastic bottles from Splosh
The environment is the hot topic for 2020 more than any other year, and if your New Year resolution is to bring a more sustainable mindset to your home, even small swaps can add up to a big difference.
Look out for retailers who offer new green solutions – from supermarkets with ‘bring your own’ container policies, swapping plastic bottles out for eco options or choosing a new mattress made from natural fibres. There’s plenty you can do to make your home a more environmentally sound space.
Shop with small businesses
Image: Alice Acreman on Etsy
Supporting small and local businesses is the best way to help new designers thrive and encourage a creative scene in your area.
Whether you do head out to local furnishings shops, or shop online via sites like Etsy and Not on the High Street, you can rest assured every purchase you make with a small business will be truly appreciated by the owners.
Choose sustainable materials
When shopping for furniture and furnishings, you can make smart choices about the materials you choose with just a little extra research. If a brand has an eco benefit, they’re almost always going to tell you about it to try and convince you to buy, but if you’re unsure, take some time to check.
Wood furniture, for example, should be FSC certified to ensure it is sustainable, while something like mango wood, used in the Nyhavn cabinet from Swoon above, is usually a sustainable by-product of the mango fruit industry.
Spend more time with family
Image: Wren Kitchens
So you want to spend more quality time with your family and friends – but what exactly does that have to do with your home? Well a poorly designed home may not be the most conducive to entertaining comfortably, meaning you’re less likely to enjoy the time you do spend together.
Focus on creating one space in the home in 2020 that works as a family hub – for a growing number of households, this is the kitchen, not the living room. We’ve got some brilliant tips for planning a new kitchen that can help you to turn it from functional cooking zone to the home’s socialising space.
Image: Bedroom makeover using second hand and recycled furniture from the British Heart Foundation
Research from the British Heart Foundation this year found that 30% of people have thrown away furniture, electrical items and homewares in good enough condition that they could have been re-used, sold or donated – a figure that rises to 45% in London.
If de-cluttering is high on the agenda for 2020, ensure that you explore all avenues in finding a new home for old furnishings – from selling online to donating to charities and re-use networks.
Image: Magnetic storage splashback from Mereway Kitchens
Your home may have plenty of storage, but if it’s an unorganised chaos behind closed doors, you’re in just as much of a mess!
Look for storage systems that can fit within your cupboards and cabinets – whether that’s food storage in the kitchen, easy ways to keep your bathroom toiletries in order or simply cleverly arranged shelving to make the most of fitted wardrobes.
Stick to a budget
Image: Affordable marble-effect bathroom panels from Showerwall
If 2020 involves saving for something big – whether that be a wedding, holiday, new baby or even just a big home renovation, that doesn’t necessarily mean that your home can’t have a refresh every now and again.
Get out more
Image: Ideal Home Show
When it comes to inspiration for your home, it can be easy to get stuck in an Instagram rut. However, there’s a whole world out there of inspiration you might never discover on the ‘gram. Why not make a day out of heading to look around some local design and interiors shops?
2020 is also packed full of interiors events and shows showcasing the latest design trends. We’ve picked a few of our favourites for you to put in your diary for the coming year.
Will you be taking on any of these New Year’s resolutions in your home? Let us know on social! Tweet us @goodhomesmag or post a comment on our Facebook page, or post a picture on Instagram using the hashtag #ThisGoodHome for your chance to be featured on our Instagram.