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4 New Year’s Resolutions for an Affordable Home Makeover

Handwoven Baskets from Morocco

We’re in the midst of the holiday season, and it’s almost time for New Year’s resolutions. Where would you like to be for 2012? What would you like to do? As you reflect on this year and look forward to the next, think about how you’ll appreciate your home, your business, your family and yourself. If you’re still looking for resolution inspiration, just think about one of these easy fixes.

1. Reorganize your storage.
After the holiday parties come to a close, it’s time to pick up the wrapping paper, champagne flutes and maybe even mistletoe. It also could be a good chance to take stock of what you’re storing in closets and cabinets, so you can give what you don’t use to charity. Try reorganizing your existing stash with streamlined bins, baskets or shelving that matches your design. The handwoven palm and water-reed baskets pictured above, from SheridanShea, are handwoven in a small Moroccan village where basket weaving is the main source of income.

2. Spruce up your home office.
Make it easy to plan your new ventures – or to learn social media  – with a workspace that flows well and is easy on the eyes. A posture-friendly desk and chair, efficient lighting and a bit of soothing art can go a long way. Remember to use the walls for storage: That vertical wall is always overlooked. If you can give up a closet, then make that your work area, and close it at the end of the day!

3. Create a great space for family.
“Comfortable” and “clean” are two major checkpoints for an enjoyable living room, play room or home theater. Simple steps like cleaning your area rugs, shampooing the carpets or painting the walls can leave your space refreshed. Use a large ottoman for a coffee table or footrest, but make sure it can open for additional storage. It makes for a quick cleanup for the unexpected guest.

4. Set up your home to support fitness.
Trying to lose that stubborn 5 pounds in the New Year? Organize your closet to display garments that truly fit, and make space for those gym clothes. If you have room for a home gym, keep your workout area clean, with weights and equipment picked up to avoid injury. If you’re in tight quarters, keep weights and gear easily accessible for workout time. Organize the jump ropes and yoga belts on hooks inside your closet door, or attractive wood bins or baskets can hold your weights and mats.

However you close out the year and kick off 2012, have a safe and happy holiday season. Here’s to your success in the New Year!