Out With the Old, In With the New

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Nan and Company Properties Christie's International Real Estate

Keep it simple

When the New Year hits, you may be set on achieving all of your New Years’ resolutions—whether it be eating healthier, exercising more, or even spending more time with your family. However, while the New Year often allows for a “new year, new you,” it’s also a great time to renew your home, too! Instead of just refreshing your lifestyle choices, why not refresh the space you live in? Here are some ways you can freshen up and update your home for comfortable living in the new year for the new you:

Get Rid of the Clutter

The best place to start before you revamp your home is to get rid of the clutter left behind from 2016. Throw out or donate things that you know you will no longer need going into the new year. Old receipts and junk mail? Invest in a shredder and shred away! Clothes taking up space? If you’re having a hard time deciding whether or not you should donate clothing items keep this rule in mind: if you haven’t worn it within the last year, chances are you won’t be wearing it this year either. De-cluttering the home will also allow you to reorganize the home too!

Put a Cleaning System in Place Rearrange Your Existing Furniture

Once you’ve de-cluttered the home, then you can focus on deep cleaning around the home. Afterward, come up with a simple cleaning system for yourself so you can practice consistent upkeep with your home. This could range from vacuuming twice a week and dusting once a week to loading the dishwasher every night.

Rearrange Your Existing Furniture

Tired of the current layout of your home? Try moving the furniture to different places to change things up. Switch your entertainment center with your couch if it makes sense, or angle your living room seating slightly away from the TV to allow you to connect more with your guests. A new look will make your home feel brand new as you adjust to the new arrangement.

Switch Out the Colors

As much as you liked your trusty hues last year, maybe it might be time for a different color, too. While painting your living room or bedroom walls a different color is a great way to incorporate a refreshing color into the home, if you’re renting, it might not be that easy. Try using an accent color that you can find from furnishings and fittings such as throw pillows, curtains, rugs, or even bedding to add a splash of something new instead. You don’t have to stop there either; incorporate new artwork in your home to give it a unique look.  

By using these simple techniques, you can turn your old home into a new one in no time. Here’s to a new year, new you, and new home!


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Fred Griffin
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

   My wife and I moved into a new home last month.  We did the "de-clutter" when we left our former house.  So far, I haven't missed any of the stuff that we gave away or threw away!

Jan 05, 2017 04:23 PM #1
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

WE are in the middle of a major de-clutter.  My wife has every closet packed.  Enough is enough

Jan 05, 2017 05:57 PM #2
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

How come clients can't see clutter? I would like to welcome you to our ActiveRain Community. I hope you get as much as I have from my time here on ActiveRain Nancy Almodovar!

Jan 05, 2017 06:03 PM #3
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Some simple changes are all that is needier to give new life to old space.  Nice post

Jan 05, 2017 06:54 PM #4
Nathan Gesner
American West Realty & Management - Cody, WY
Broker / Property Manager

I'm all for decluttering and reducing possessions but I have no desire to paint or arrange furniture!

Jan 05, 2017 07:24 PM #5
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Nancy Almodovar You will please excuse me if I hide this post from my Sandy? She already has too many ideas for me!

Jan 06, 2017 06:53 AM #6
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Welcome to Active Rain.  I hope you enjoy your time here.

Jan 06, 2017 09:20 AM #7
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

I'm actually amazed how often many people actually do move !

Jan 06, 2017 10:47 AM #8
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Nancy Alomdovar and Welcome to the Rain where we all learn from each other and help each other.  Make it a great day!

Jan 06, 2017 11:40 AM #9
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

Hi Nancy Almodovar, Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first blog post.  This is a great place to meet and interact with awesome professionals while learning about other real estate markets.

Jan 06, 2017 06:24 PM #10
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Excellent post Nancy.

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.

Jan 06, 2017 09:28 PM #11
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Thank you for the post. Good luck in 2017.

Jan 07, 2017 09:58 AM #12
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Nancy welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on posting your first blog on this site.

Jan 07, 2017 04:35 PM #13
Nancy Almodovar
Nan and Company Properties Christie's International Real Estate - Houston, TX
Leading Luxury Realtor in Houston

Thank you all! I'm excited to have joined the Active Rain community!

Jan 09, 2017 08:55 AM #14
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