10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Posted 07/01/2024

The beginning of a new year is synonymous with fresh starts and setting personal goals. But
considering how much time we now spend in our homes, from working and resting, to family time
and hosting, our home environments play a pivotal role in our productivity, happiness and general
well-being. As we welcome 2024, it may be the perfect time to make a few resolutions around
creating a living space to nurture the best version of you.

Whether you’re seeking greater efficiency, rest or creativity in the new year, we’ve come up with
some achievable resolutions for your home:

1. Declutter and Organise
Giving your home a fresh start isn’t just for spring. Begin the year with a clean slate by decluttering
and organising your home, donating or discarding items you no longer need and making it easier to
access the things you do need. There may be a door between you and the contents of your
cupboards, but chances are you’ll feel lighter just knowing that what lies behind it is clean and

2. Embrace Sustainable Practices
We all have the best intentions, but the new year is a great opportunity to commit to a more ecofriendly
lifestyle by incorporating sustainable practices into your home. Even small changes can
contribute to a reduced carbon footprint, so why not set the goal of cutting out single-use items,
switching to eco-friendly cleaning products, or making the effort to fill your kitchen containers at
your local bulk food store?

3. Get Serious About Storage
Efficient storage is key to maintaining a clutter-free home. Invest in storage solutions such as
shelves, baskets, and furniture with built-in storage to maximise space. Not only can the right
storage add to the aesthetics of your space – think woven baskets for gadgets and cables, or a
wooden trunk for cushions and throws – it will also make it much quicker and more manageable to
keep your space tidy and tranquil.

4. Personalise Your Space
Giving more time to your creative side is a great new year’s resolution that could be channelled into
enhancing your home environment. It’s important that your space reflects your personality and
taste, so if it looks like it could be anybody’s, think about adding a personal touch. Whether it's
artwork, photos, or unique decor items picked up on your travels, infuse your space with items that
bring you joy and make your home uniquely yours.

5. Cut Down Energy Use
Save money and reduce your carbon footprint this year by being mindful of your energy
consumption. Small acts like unplugging electronics when not in use, reaching for a blanket rather
than the heating button, and using energy efficient lamps instead of the main light swich will all
contribute to lower energy use. As a Higgins Homes resident, you’ll already have taken a positive
step, as homes are consciously fitted with energy efficient appliances and double glazing to retain
heat in colder months.

6. Create a Plan for Cleaning
Committing to better organisation and less stress in 2024? Include your home in the resolution and
develop a cleaning plan that fits in with your lifestyle, helping you create a consistently inviting and
peaceful space by breaking down tasks into manageable chunks. Assigning certain tasks to certain
days that work for you is a good way to stay on top of things and prevent leaving it all to be tackled
on your precious weekend.

7. Create a Relaxation Nook
Whether 2024 is your year for productivity or rest, the two go hand in hand, and creating a space
where you can properly relax and recharge is key. Designate a cosy nook in your home as a
relaxation space. Fill it with comfortable seating, soft lighting, and items that promote switching off.
Whether it's a reading corner or a meditation space, having a tech-free area dedicated to relaxation
could be your best home improvement yet.

8. Improve Your Home Office
With working from home showing no signs of leaving, putting some time and money into creating a
home office that promotes focus, productivity and efficiency is a sound investment in 2024. Still
working from your dining table? Think about creating a separate space with ergonomic furniture,
good lighting and minimal distraction.

9. Tackle Maintenance Jobs
Why not make 2024 the year you finally tackle that home maintenance job you’ve been putting off?
Take the time to assess what could do with some care and repair in your home. Whether it's fixing
leaky faucets, repairing cracks, or touching up paint, tackling these tasks can prevent more
significant problems down the road and maintain your home's value, not to mention stop your
mental to-do list from spiralling into the new year.

10. Make Some Design Upgrades
Interior design trends are always evolving, and while designing a timeless, quality home is more
important than keeping up with fleeting trends, there are simple ways you can keep your space
feeling fresh. Spice up your interiors with some design upgrades like repainting walls, switching
cushions, or investing in a new furniture piece. Small changes in design can have a big impact on the overall aesthetic of your home.

New Year's resolutions don’t have to be about hitting the gym or ditching takeaways. Instead, 2024 could be the perfect time to focus your intentions on your home. With these ideas, you can create a space that is more organised, clean and comfortable, helping you take on the year ahead in the best way for you.

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