Out with the old, in with the new – updating your home decor

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There’s nothing at all wrong with setting health and fitness focussed new year’s resolutions – in fact, we salute you for it. But how about this year extending those promises of getting into shape and looking good to your home.

Although at first it might sound odd, it makes a lot of sense the more you think about it. By using the “new year, new start” philosophy as a starting point, you can treat January as an excuse to get rid of all the clutter in your home and replace it with things that are actually in tune with your own personal taste and style, instead of competing against it.

It’s amazing how willing we are to keep things around us just because we’ve grown used to them, but it’s time to break the cycle. Be efficient and ruthless, going from room to room, and piece to piece, and asking yourself whether or not it has a place in that room or any other, whether it’s still in touch with your style and, to quote Marie Kondo, whether or not it brings you joy. If a piece fails even one of these questions, it’s probably worth giving to a friend or taking to charity.

Whatever ambience you’re going for – from farmhouse to shabby chic – there’s a whole host of ornaments and furniture pieces that could be better served in your space than those that are there for the sake of it. Don’t let clutter and ugly pieces sink into the background of your life. We’re not about to start harping on about feng shui or anything but suffice it to say that being surrounded by clutter and things that don’t inspire you won’t do your wellbeing any favours. It’s time to take charge this new year’s, and that includes your home.