8 easy New Year’s resolutions for your home
Do good for your household and the planet with these easy-to-follow new year home resolutions. We know the old adage ‘New Year, New Me’, but what about ‘New Year, New Home? And no, that doesn’t mean moving house!
There are plenty of ways that you can not only improve the way your home looks, but also its impact on your loved ones and the wider world. These new year home resolutions are actually pretty easy to stick to. From smarter décor choices to eco-alternatives for cleaning, here are eight ways to have a happier home in 2022…
1. Make eco swaps
Climate change is a hot topic for 2022, so if your New Year’s resolution is to be more sustainable, then try some small swaps that can add up to a big difference. Look out for retailers who offer new green solutions, from zero waste shops where you can refill your own container, to 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.
2. 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 sustainability policies, you’ll be able to find that information on their website.
Wooden furniture, for example, should be FSC certified to ensure it is sustainable. And some woods are more sustainable than others – the mango wood used in the Nyhavn cabinet from Swoon, below, is usually a sustainable by-product of the mango fruit industry. There are plenty of eco-friendly options for wall and floor coverings now, too.
3. Shop with small businesses
Supporting small and local businesses is the best way to help new designers thrive and encourage a creative scene in your area. Plus, small designer-makers have a much lower impact on the planet, since mass production requires a huge amount of resources and often results in wasteful, unsold goods. Head out to your local furnishings shops, or shop online via sites like Etsy and Not on the High Street, which support small businesses. Pictured below: Throw pillows, £90, from Colorbloom on Etsy.
4. Spend more time with family
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 that works as a family hub – for a growing number of households, this is the kitchen, not the living room. Check out these brilliant tips for planning a new kitchen that can help you create a more sociable space.
5. De-clutter consciously
Recent research from the British Heart Foundation found that 30% of people have thrown away furniture, electrical items and homewares in good enough condition to be re-used, sold or donated – a figure that rises to 45% in London. If de-cluttering is high on your new year home resolutions for 2022, look into ways to reuse, recycle or rehome furniture or electrical goods that are in good nick. Facebook Marketplace, Freecycle and British Heart Foundation stores are all a great way to do that locally.
6. Get organised
Your home may have plenty of storage, but it’s no good if there’s unorganised chaos behind every cupboard door! 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. Check out these cool Instagram storage hacks, home office tidy tips, and ways to keep kids rooms clutter-free.
7. Stick to a budget
If your 2022 new year home resolutions involve saving for something big – whether that be a wedding, holiday, new baby or a big home renovation, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t do a little interiors refresh every now and again. New cushion covers, wall art, a rug and a lick of paint will do wonders to transform your living room, while there are plenty of ideas out there for resourceful makeovers. Check out these budget-friendly suggestions for the bedroom, bathroom and kitchen.
8. Collect ideas
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? There are also plenty of interior design events showcasing the latest design trends – many of which can be replicated with a trip to Ikea!
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