You know that naked feeling your home has every January after you take down all of the Christmas decorations? There’s something that I love about it. Just like the new year, it always feels like a fresh start. There’s something good about more breathing room and less stuff, less garland, less sparkle.
January always makes me want to walk around my house with a big garbage bag so I can fill it up with papers that have piled up, magazines I’ll never read, random toy pieces that will never find their way back to the original boxes. It makes me want to clean closets and organize junk drawers. (I better get on that now while I’m feeling motivated. By February, this feeling could be long gone.)
January always feels like a new start for our house, and I usually have the itch to move things around instead of putting everything back the way it was before we put the tree up. Putting it all back the same way just wouldn’t be any fun. This year, I switched out the white slipcovered chair that was in the living room for the one that was in the corner of the office. I decided to leave the blue and white on the mantel since the magnolia leaves for Christmas are still going strong. I added pinecones for an easy transition from Christmas to winter. Nothing major, but just the smallest changes make me feel happy.
January also gives me fresh motivation and hope that I can tackle my long to-do list of house projects, big and small. This year’s list includes more wallpaper stripping and making better use of the space we have. (I’ll be posting more about that later.)
What changes are you making to give your home a fresh start this new year?