3 Ways to Refresh Your Home in the New Year

The Inspired Room - Hallway Chalkboard

This post created in in partnership with World Market.
The projects and opinions are my own.


appy New Year, everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday break with family and friends. I am pretty excited to be kicking off the new year in a new house, and to be back to updating you with all that’s going on around our place. I’ll be sharing the current “state of the house” post this week and, of course, I’ll update you on all the ideas and projects currently in my mind and underway :).

Sometimes after the Christmas tree is put away and the holiday decor is packed up the house can feel kind of empty, but on a more positive note, it also can feel streamlined and cleaner. January is for fresh starts, so I think it’s a great month to get a fresh look at what you can improve upon around the house in the upcoming year. Now is the perfect time to get organized and even tackle a few interior projects that will likely be neglected or put off when the weather is nicer.

A little creativity can go a long way to transforming how a house feels. And fortunately, immersing ourselves in creative projects at home can go a long way to improving how WE feel this time of year, too.

Today I’m sharing three easy ways you can refresh your home in the New Year. I’m excited to show you how I applied these ideas to MY home already with the three super easy projects I started and completed last week. Come see, below! (Sources featured are listed at the bottom of this post!)

The Inspired Room - Tiered Bathroom Cart

1) Organize the everyday.

One of the most useful ways to refresh your home for the new year is to make your functional, every day items more organized and beautiful. A dramatic improvement can be as quick and easy as corralling necessities in an attractive cart or basket! Towels, cosmetic bags and essentials are all organized on the cart and ready to use.

Tiered Bathroom Storage Cart - The Inspired Room

I absolutely love little carts like this (as I mentioned just last week!). Last week this bathroom was totally a disorganized, blank boring slate, but look at it now! The cart was the perfect starting point for inspiring both personality and organization of everyday items. Hooray! (I’ll share more about this bathroom in an upcoming post.)

The Inspired Room - Hallway Command Station with Chalkboard

2) Make the most of the space you have.

Don’t overlook small corners or hallways in your home as you are getting organized for the new year. Put those spaces to work! Even tight little spaces can be so much more useful and charming. I love transforming small areas into functional spaces for our family. Again, like the bathroom project, the walls in this corner of my home were unused blank slates last week. Conveniently located in our upstairs hall between our kitchen and basement staircase and right outside of my son’s bedroom door, there was just enough room for a small “command station” to make this well-traveled space more functional.

We are using the cute chalkboard as a “reminder board” for our son now that school is staring back up again after the holiday break. It will be helpful in those subtle messages and reminders from mom as he walks out of his bedroom door in the morning. :) Parenting for the win! The mail box will be a much needed drop spot for incoming mail.

The Inspired Room - Mail Holder

I still can hardly believe how much these spaces in my home have improved with just a little effort!

Glass House Terrarium Garden - The Inspired Room blog

3) Bring the outdoors in.

Once the Christmas tree is put away, plant a winter terrarium to bring green back into your home! It is so therapeutic to work with plants, and love planting mini-gardens inside and out all year round. These little terrariums are so darn cute, they make designing an indoor garden fun in all seasons. This would be a wonderful project to do with the kids or use for table decorations. World Market carries a variety of containers you can choose from, so you can really get creative in bringing the outdoors in through all the seasons.

I pick up little seasonal plants for my terrariums at a local nursery, but if you don’t have a green thumb, World Market has great faux plants you can use to get your gardening fix without fear of plant killing.

The Inspired Room Winter Garden
Cute, yes?

I hope seeing these projects has inspired you to enjoy finding ways to refresh your home throughout the new year!

Below you can find the sources from World Market in these projects, along with several other favorites for refreshing the home. Just click the arrows below to scroll through!

Sources: Zinc Metal Cart / Farmhouse Whitewashed ChalkboardGlass House Terrarium / Geo Terrarium / Metal Hanging Mail HolderWhite Chevron Bath TowelMini Succulent Pots / Mason Jar Hand Lotion / Scented Bath and Body Oil / Striped Cosmetic Bag / Botanical Prints (free printables)

Disclosure: I was provided a gift card to World Market for the products in this post.

HAPPY NEW YEAR! What small project around your house could you complete this week to kick off the New Year? 

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ow that the holidays are behind us, I think many of us crave a renewed sense of order in our home. We feel like we can finally get back to our routines, but with that comes a need for functional spaces that make sense for our family.

I love finding inspiration for livable rooms that offer storage for our everyday needs. Whether a room offers open or closed shelving or storage, or free standing or built-in cabinetry, how we choose to organize our home also offers an opportunity to create our own unique and charming design style.

Adding storage to a home can be an expensive undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be! If you make clever use of what you already have and find creative solutions to solve your own storage dilemmas, you can make room for what you need in every room of your home.

Happy organizing!

Simply Organized Open Shelves - Emily HendersonEmily Henderson

Gray and White Functional Entryway - House to Home
House to Home UK

Built-In Bookshelves and Loft - House and Garden UK
House and Garden UK

Functional Office Workspace with Built In Cabinets

Pretty Organized Entryway
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Kitchen Jar Organization - My Name Is Yeh
My Name Is Yeh

Linen Closet Storage - Freestanding Cabinet - Hemnes Glass Door Cabinet from Ikea
House and Garden UK // HEMNES Cabinet from IKEA or similar from Wayfair

Modular Storage for Fabric - Functional Craft Space
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Pretty Organized Office - Around the Watts House
Around the Watts House

Check out my new organizing book, Make Room for What You Love!

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