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Ready, Set, Refresh: Update Your Home for the New Year

The new year is the perfect time of year to give your home a refresh. It's a time to take stock of how you used your home over the last year, identify the items you didn't need, and evaluate how you can make your home work better for you in the coming months.

Whether you want to update your home's decor for a fresh look, need some organizing help after a chaotic holiday season, or need a DIY project to do in a weekend, our expert tips are just what you need to hit the refresh button on your home.

5 Ways to Refresh Your Space Without Buying Anything New

Ways to refresh your space without buying anything new

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If your lived-in spaces are going through a lull style-wise, there’s no need to pull out your credit card. Instead, get creative with what is already in your home. A little ingenuity goes a long way to make your old items feel like new. 

Is there a way to rearrange furniture that you haven’t considered before? Or unexpected items you can place in frames you already own? Chances are, the answers are yes and yes.

5 Easy Habits to Help Keep Your Home Clutter-Free

Easy habits to keep your home clutter-free

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It’s a safe bet that few people would say they actually like clutter. It seems like no matter how much we find a place for everything in our home, before we know it, things start to look messy again. 

Never fear, it is entirely possible to live in a home that is naturally free of clutter. Before that can happen, though, you will probably have to do some soul-searching. As professional organizer Laura Cattano says, “It’s not the stuff. It’s you.”

“I love this time of year, looking at the new year and goals,” Cattano says. “I ask my clients ‘How do you want to live? Think about how you want to live in your space. Then think about how you want your space to feel. If you can identify those two things, then look at everything in your life through the lens of 'Is this going to get me what I want?'“

How to Shop Your Home, According to a Designer

How to shop your home, according to a designer

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If you ever find yourself craving a totally new interior look but aren't in a place to spend a ton of cash on a full makeover or even just a couple of accent items, we totally understand. Even seemingly small furniture and decor purchases can certainly add up quickly, but you shouldn't let your budget prevent you from introducing some new life into your home.

Did you know that it's entirely possible to give your space a major revamp without spending a penny? By shopping your own home, you'll be able to rejigger your space to fit your liking while working with the items that you already have. If you're not sure how to get started, you'll want to keep reading to gather three simple yet impactful tips from April Gandy of Alluring Designs Chicago.

15 Small-Scale Renos to Refresh Your Home in a Weekend

Easy renos to refresh your home in a weekend

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With a new year comes the familiar urge to give ourselves and our spaces a bit of a refresh. That being said, as much as we’d all love to totally transform our homes it’s not always easy to find the resources to allocate to such a big project—especially right after the holiday season.

If you’re itching to give your space a makeover but don’t have the time (or funds) to dedicate to a big renovation, we’ve got you covered.

How 7 Organizers Refresh Their Homes for the New Year

How organizers refresh their homes for the new year

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The new year is a perfect time for turning over a new leaf, taking charge of your home. This is the year you are finally going to get organized and live your best life. So what if your home is already clutter-free and functioning well for everyone?

Professional organizers don’t have as high of a hurdle as many of us when it comes to getting a streamlined pantry or curated closets. That doesn’t mean their resolutions list is missing a line on organization.

How to Organize Clothes in Your Closet: 5 Easy Steps

How to organize your closet

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It's inspiring to think about organizing your clothes, shoes, and accessories perfectly in your closet when watching home design shows. But in real life, it takes a bit of planning and preparation to declutter, clean, and reorganize a closet to make sure it's more functional after you finish.

How you organize your closet will differ slightly based on the size of your space, the size of your wardrobe, and the kind of life you lead. Follow these tips to learn how to best organize your clothes closet, similar to how the organization experts do it on TV.

7 Items in Your Home a Pro Organizer Would Throw Away

7 items in your home a pro organizer would throw away

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Small apartment dwellers or residents of a large house will come to the same conclusion: the task of decluttering your home is a behemoth. It typically involves blocking out time in your calendar and planning a course of action far in advance. From large rooms to tiny corners, there are so many spaces to tackle, it can be mind-boggling trying to figure out a starting point.

When life feels particularly messy, there are actually a few items you can aim to get rid of right now that'll instantly make your home feel less cluttered. To know exactly what those things are, we spoke with a professional organizer to explain what can go without any second thoughts—items that may help your small session snowball into a good deep declutter around your home.

36 Cleaning and Organizing Hacks to Conquer Clutter

Tricks for conquering clutter

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If you are stuck in a decluttering slump, use these clutter hacks to get your home clutter-free. They cover each room in your house and each type of household clutter with the best ideas to declutter your spaces. These 36 clutter hacks offer helpful cleaning and organizing inspiration.