9 New Year's Resolutions for your Living Room


It may surprise you, but people have actually been making New Year’s Resolutions for over 4000 years! Each year, when the end of December draws near, we vow to go to the gym, save more money or spend more time with family and loved ones in the new year. New Year’s Resolutions are seen as a great way to encourage self-improvement and to better ourselves.

But what about our homes though? After all, your home is an extension of you, and your living room is where you’ll be spending lots of your free time. So, shouldn’t you consider home improvements too?

Read on for our 9 New Year’s Resolutions you can make for your living room, to get your home off to a fresh start in 2017.


1. Be more organised

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There is a lot to be said about embracing a minimalistic, zen approach to living and this naturally extends to your living room. Tidy house, tidy mind, as the adage goes - and in the New Year, you can get rid of clutter for good in your living room.

It’s true that keeping your living room clutter-free can be easier said than done, but the following steps can get you off to a winning start:

  • First off, remove unnecessary items, including books and excess decorations or furniture. This also includes items that shouldn’t really be in your living room but have somehow wound up there. You could invest in storage space to conceal such items from view.
  • Make use of your coffee table. If you can’t find a home for the bits and pieces in your living room, then use your coffee table to keep things tidy and in order, whether it’s storing things in drawers or neatly on an open shelf. Keep the surface tidy and clutter-free though.
  • Try to use a mixture of open shelves and cupboards to add some personality to you living room, whilst also storing away other items that might make the room look cluttered.
  • Recycle old magazines and newspapers that you are “saving” - you probably won’t read them again! The same applies to paperwork and bills - file what you need to keep, and discard the rest.
  • Tackle your CD and DVD collection. In this digital age, you may still be hoarding a ton of CDs or DVDs for the sake of nostalgia, but removing them from their casing and buying a sleeve-case is a great way to reclaim space - or get rid of them all together, and stick to Netflix!


2. Clean up your act

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Most people like the idea of coming home to a nice, clean living room in the evening, especially if you have family or friends coming over. However, keeping it clean is another matter. Take the time to formulate a solid plan and cleaning schedule to ensure you keep your living room sparkling way into the new year.

To do this, break cleaning tasks up into a daily, weekly, and monthly schedule, and try to focus on one form of cleaning at a time. For example, brushing or vacuuming the floor each Monday.

You don’t have to go it alone though. You can enlist the help of members of your family to create a cleaning rota and delegate tasks accordingly. This way, at least one room in your house is always going to be ready for entertaining guests or for relaxing.


3. Reconnect with nature

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The New Year is a great time to add a touch of nature to your living room to increase the energy and vibrancy. Incorporating house plants can give more life to your living space, and there are plenty of options to match your style and decor.

If you don’t think you can handle the responsibility of caring for a plant year-round, then don’t worry. Simply use a bunch of fresh, colourful flowers to periodically infuse your living room with some floral vitality.


4. Be more welcoming

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Your living room is the most likely place that you will be entertaining guests. Therefore, it’s important to make it feel welcoming and inviting. Adding a splash of colour can be all it takes to freshen up the room, and that doesn’t necessarily have to mean repainting!

If you think it looks a bit tired looking and dreary, adding a few scatter cushions can be the perfect solution for pulling together the elements of the room and have it looking brand new. In this respect, after your sofa, cushions can be your living room’s best friend and are a quick, effective way to change the look and theme of your living room with minimal effort.


5. Reevaluate your (furniture) relationships

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The New Year can be a great time for re-evaluating relationship,s and coming to terms with the fact you may have outgrown old friends - and this applies to your furniture too. Maybe in the past your sofa was the perfect fit for your living room, but by clinging onto the past you could be cramping your living room's style!

2017 is the perfect opportunity to say goodbye to old pieces and move on for the better. Like scatter cushions, a brand new sofa can be the perfect way to update your living room and make it a modern, inviting place that’s ready for the New Year.


6. Show off your personality

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New Year’s resolutions often have us focused on changing bad habits and things about ourselves that we don’t particularly like. Why not break the mould by using your living room to express your unique personality, and highlight the things that make you, well, you?

A great way to do this is to display artwork in your living room. As well as showing off the style that speaks to you, paintings can brighten up a living room and add a focal point to an otherwise bland wall.


7. Take time to enjoy the little things

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Use the New Year to reflect upon the little things that can make a big difference. When it comes to your living room, this means that time at the end of the day when you can relax, lounge on your sofa and put your feet up.

There’s a lot to be said about embracing the Danish concept of hygge, which focuses on wellbeing and cosiness. Invest in a few warm blankets for your sofa and some scented candles to make your living room the perfect place to relax - so be cosy, and embrace hygge!


8. Take a break from technology

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Your living room can be the scene of many bad habits that we have adopted over the years. These can include sitting with our eyes glued to the TV or stooped over, fixated by the glow of our tablets or smartphones. Use the new year as an excuse to break this bad habit and spend more quality time with your family and loved ones.

Turn your living room into a hub for engaging in conversation and fun activities, such as board games, that can reconnect you with the people that you care about. Your furniture should not be pointed towards your TV, and if it is, take the time to rearrange it to enable a more sociable environment.

If you have a coffee table, make this the focal point of the room, rather than your TV for a happier, livelier living room.


9.  Spend less and save more

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Budgeting and being more careful with personal finances are usually near the top of most people’s New Year’s resolutions. Believe it or not, your living room can help you save money too, particularly on your energy bill.

With just a few simple measures, you can greatly reduce your heating costs for the New Year. The following steps can make your living room feel more welcoming and more energy-efficient:

  • Buy thick curtains. Curtains can make your living room cosier and stop the cold from creeping in through your windows.
  • Use a throw blanket. As well as being great when it comes to hygge, wrapping up on your sofa in a throw blanket instead of reaching for your thermostat is an excellent way to save money. They can also add colour and character to your sofa.
  • Paint your living room. Warm colours such as reds and oranges can create a positive mood in your living room and give it a warmer feeling than a drab, chilly neutral colour.


Conclusion - keep your promises!

New Year’s Resolutions are easier said than done, and studies have shown that as many as 63% of resolutions are broken. This year will be different though, as you’re not only making a promise to yourself but to your living room, and you don’t want to let it down!

The New Year can be a great time to implement change, so use it as an opportunity to update, revamp and refresh your living room to ensure a happy, healthy 2017.

Posted in Homemaking, Interior Design, Lifestyle on 3rd Jan 2017


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