Getting 2017 Off To A Good Start
Whether it was the plethora of celebrity deaths or the political shockwaves that ruptured the UK, Europe, the US and beyond, 2016 was certainly memorable but many people are, understandably, glad to see the back of it. While that January 1st feeling of newness and optimistic possibility is still with us, there’s plenty we can focus it on, and that includes are homes. Here’s just a small sample of ways to get going:
1. Christmas decorations should, ideally, come down on January 6th, not a day sooner or later. This is particularly important if you happen to be superstitious. So, down comes the Christmas tree, and into storage go the lights and decorations, with extra care given to any glass ornaments which should, perhaps, be wrapped in tissue paper before they go into a cardboard box and bide their time until December 2017.
2. Could there be any time more fitting than now for deep-cleaning your home? It could be that over the festive period, you were the lucky recipient of a new cleaning device and perhaps you’re just itching to set that new steam-cleaner to work. Don’t let us stop you. Go room by room, leaving no corner uninspected, and before long you’ll have a home that’s ready for whatever 2017 might want to throw at it.
3. You could also give your home an inexpensive facelift with some new soft furnishings or just one new set of bedding. If you’re greeted by the dreary sight of ageing, off-white pillow-cases concealing sweat-stained pillows, then the start of the year is the perfect time to sling out stuff that’s long past its sell-by date.
4. Have a wardrobe cleansing session. Everyone knows the drill – if you haven’t worn it for a year, it’s got to go. Proceed without sentimentality and conduct a brutal overhaul of wardrobes, chests of drawers and closet space. Conclude matters by visiting your local charity shop with the haul.
5. Create an indoor herb garden in your kitchen. Not only can you have an abundance of basil, rosemary and thyme to use in your cooking, you’ll also be bestowing on your kitchen a feeling of homeliness and making it a truly creative and nurturing space that others will enjoy being in.