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Go to the gym four times a week. Eat healthier. Get more sleep. Similar lists are created and recreated by the best of us year after year. Maybe it’s time to change it up a little. Have you stopped to consider the impact your living environment is having on your mental health?

If you have a buildup of clutter that makes it hard to get out the door in the morning, are afraid to step into your home office for fear of knocking over your paperwork, or are always putting off hosting friends, it’s time to add your home to your list of resolutions.

The good news is that small touches can make an immediate impact, helping you chip away at your goals and build confidence in your interiors.  

Image via Crate and Barrel.

Get organized.

Meet your new best friends — storage bins! This affordable organizing tool not only hides all of your clutter, but when you put a few similar ones together, it adds a sense of cohesiveness to your space. We love these wicker bins from Crate and Barrel for a transitional space, but with all the inventory out there, you’re sure to find one that pleases any aesthetic. Don’t forget to think of other places where a decorative element can do double duty as an organizer, such as a tray on your coffee table to corral those coasters or a bowl on your console table to store your keys.

Image via West Elm.

Streamline your space.

Do you walk into your home at the end of a long day only to feel like it’s cacophonous rather than soothing? Too many colors? Too much clutter? Too many furniture styles? It’s time to minimize. A good place to start is by eliminating some of the extraneous color in the space. A pop of color is one thing (which we love), but too much competition just leads to overwhelm. Swap out those loud throw pillows or the decorative accessories in different shades. And while you’re at it, declutter the surfaces — bookshelves, counters, tabletops. Your home will instantly feel more inviting!

Image via CB2.

Make small swaps.

If you’re bored of your decor scheme but aren’t quite ready for a complete overhaul, don’t underestimate the power of small changes. Replacing a tired comforter or purchasing a new rug in a fresh print can breathe new life into your space and have you feeling refreshed. If you’re up for something bigger, why not paint that accent wall you’ve been meaning to do since you moved in?  

Image via HGTV.

Prepare for entertaining.

A space does not have to be perfectly decorated to make a great setting for a gathering. A few quick and simple tricks can get a room up to the task in no time. Start by rearranging your furniture to be more oriented toward conversation. Bring seating closer together so people will face one another. If you have more time and want to accessorize, add in a couple of decorative items in a color (not a neutral) that is already present in your decor scheme. Finally, pick up a plant or a dramatic flower arrangement. Presto – your room is company-ready.

Let 2019 be the year you bring new energy into your home while sticking to your budget! Do you have other interesting resolutions we should know about? Share it with us here!

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