A new year has begun and naturally that means — you guessed it — resolution season! From starting a garden to designing the home office space of your dreams, these miniprojects combine everything resolutions are all about: increasing productivity, trying something new, and getting those creative juices flowing. Here are five home improvement resolutions to make for 2019.
1. Organize your shelves.
Start with the spaces you use the most: organize your fridge, clean out kitchen cabinets, declutter your bookshelves, and update your closets. Now is the time to curate those shelves and go crazy with your label maker.
Try arranging books by color or investing in a collection of mason jars. Not only will the spaces look more visually pleasing, but having everything in an easy to navigate system will save you time and minimize stress.
2. Start a garden.
Start small. A vegetable patch, vertical herb garden, or compost pile are great for beginners, (especially kids), and the benefits are plenty.
If an outdoor garden doesn't suit your lifestyle, consider low-maintenance indoor plants that are hard to kill. A lush Lady palm or a statement-making yucca are both great options.
3. Decorate awkward spaces.
Whether it's an awkward space under the stairs or a narrow hallway, pay a little more attention to the spaces in your home that have been forgotten or neglected. Small spaces can often accommodate a nifty table or bench; add a stool and they can be transformed into practical spaces that both look great and add functionality.
4. Restore old furniture.
Save money, upcycle, and give your home a truly unique touch by restoring old furniture. Sometimes all that is needed is a new coat of paint and some updated hardware. Gumtree, eBay, and garage sales are great places to find unique homewares that can be transformed with a little creativity.
5. Optimize your home office.
Start with the room or space. Whether it's a tiny nook or a dedicated study room, utilize areas with plenty of natural light. If you find yourself doing the brunt of your life admin tasks after dark, invest in pendant lighting and decorative desk lamps.
Never skimp on seating, either. Get a chair that is stylish, functional but above all, comfortable — and a desk with plenty of space.
Lastly, organize your storage, mark your yearly calendar with important dates, get the label maker out and tackle paperwork — your future self will thank you come tax season.
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