I absolutely love the lead up to a new year. Although technically you can have a fresh start any day of the year, there’s something extra special about flipping one calendar shut and opening another one, knowing there’s 365 days in front of you with endless possibility and opportunity and a whole new year to do everything you want to do. 

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I find the lead up to the new year a really great time to get everything in order. De-clutter your house, remove Facebook friends you never speak to and lay the foundations for the goals you want to achieve when that clock strikes midnight.

One area of life that can always be worked on, updated and changed is your home. There will always be something that needs buying, something that needs fixing or something that you want to change and like with most things, a new year is a great time to do that.

Switch up anything that doesn’t make you happy

It’s a new year and there’s no place for anything that doesn’t make you smile in my books. So a good place to start when you come to decide which aspect of your house to upgrade or change, is with the areas or items which you no longer like.

That could be anything from an ornament you’ve kept over the years that you actually think looks a bit rubbish or old curtains which don’t really match the rest of the room. Direct Blinds offer a huge range of made to measure curtains of all designs and budgets if that’s something you’re investing in, in the new year.

Anything broken

Another great place to start which is a fairly easy and straight forward place to start, is to deal with and upgrade anything that’s broken. A broken appliance definitely deserves an upgrade, so perhaps make broken items the priority.


Upgrading and updating a home can be pricey, depending on how much you have and want to do. After the financial stress that is Christmas, it can be hard to budget for things in the new year so take a look at what needs doing and budget accordingly. Make a list of the priorities and whether they fit in with your budget and go from there, maybe dealing with the cheaper things first.

Things you’ve been putting off

Another great marker for things that really do need upgrading and updating in the home is the things that you’ve been putting off doing for ages. We all procrastinate and sometimes it just gets out of hand. It’s a new start remember?

Which areas of your home are you planning to upgrade in 2019? Anything you’ve been putting off for ages? Let me know!

* This post is in partnership with Direct Blinds


  1. I’ve got stuff in my room generally how I want it at the moment but I love a good reorganise and sort out of stuff in the new year, especially after the Christmas decorations go down. x

  2. As we prepare for our last child to go to university and move away, we are decluttering the house, in case we move too. It’s amazing how much stuff we hold onto for sentimental reasons, and hoard. Aiming to change this a bit and free up spaces

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