Say goodbye to 2017 with a decluttering sprint and thoughts about what you really want from your home next year
It’s time to say farewell to 2017 — and hello to 2018. Make time this weekend to hang up a pretty new calendar, toss some clutter and celebrate New Year’s Eve on Sunday, Dec. 31, with all-out festivities or a quiet, reflective night in. Happy New Year, Houzzers!
1. Un-deck the halls (or not). If you typically take down the Christmas tree on Jan. 1, this is the weekend to do it. But if you prefer to wait until closer to Christmas to decorate, you might still be reveling in all of those twinkling lights … and that’s OK too!
2. Make space with a decluttering sprint. Take advantage of that new-calendar, fresh-start feeling and set your timer for a quick decluttering sprint (or two). You might be pleasantly surprised at how much unneeded stuff you can cull in just 15 minutes.
3. Purge old toys to make room for the new. Post-holiday is an ideal time to help kids let go of less-loved toys. Make the experience positive by choosing a children’s organization together and learning about how the items they give away will help another child who likely would enjoy the toys or clothes.
4. Ring in the New Year. Whether you’re splurging on a getaway or ringing in the New Year with a quiet night at home, take the time this Dec. 31 to reflect on the year you’ve had. And if making a big fuss over New Year’s Eve isn’t really your thing, skip the production and focus on a fun New Year’s Day brunch instead.
5. Celebrate Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa festivities culminate on Jan. 1, with a feast and gift giving. Celebrate African heritage and culture through your gifting and decorating with fair trade handmade goods from Africa or the African diaspora, like traditional mud cloth, beaded gourds, baskets and art.
6. Consider what you really want from your home in 2018. Is this the year for you to downsize, go more minimal, be more daring with color, move to the country or finally settle on a decorating style that feels really you? Make a list in your journal, or create an ideabook on Houzz to capture your goals for the year ahead.
Laura Gaskill December 26, 2017
Houzz Contributor. I cover topics ranging from decorating ideas, product picks, Houzz tours, and interviews with designers and architects, to the monthly home maintenance checklist. My favorite pieces to write center around the emotional aspects of home and savoring life’s simple pleasures. 12 Days of Holiday Hygge (free course) enrolling now: https://www.lauragaskill.com/holiday-hygge