Is it just us or is your Facebook feed flooded with people showing disdain for “New Year, New Me” posts? We can’t help feel the same, but we also have a little bit of a kindred spirit with the posts as there’s nothing worse than dragging last year’s mess into 2015. Mark’s dad has drilled getting the house ready for the new year in to him – but what about the resolutions for the year ahead?

Take out 2014’s trash

No-one wants to be reminded of a hangover, so get the recycling bags out and get rid of those bottles. However, don’t stop there. If you’re anything like us, you’ll be wanting to make room for whatever finds you’ll pick up over the year. Grab a bin and toss all the 2014 rubbish away.

Invest in design

We all love those little bargain pick-ups from places like Tiger and Dunelm Mill and there’s nothing wrong with these, but maybe it’s time to put down the cow shaped salt and pepper mills and start putting that money towards something a little more substantial. We all pine for an Alessi juicer and these small impulse-buys could be holding you back from a great find. Pop the pennies away and in a few months who knows that interiors treasures you could buy.

Move it around

Try and find ways of creating space where you might not think you have any – simple things like turing your bed around can make a room look new. Look at the size of furniture you have in your room too. Space is all about proportion and clogging up a room with pieces that don’t fit is a big no-no.

Keep it clean

There’s nothing worse than things looking a little bit grubby. You might remember our previous post on our filthy kitchen floor? We saw the light and bought things like vinegar and baking soda – old school remedies which can make things sparkle. We definitely saw a difference in our kitchen floor. White painted boards are ideal and now we can keep them looking as good as new. This is something we’ll be keeping up with.

Pack it away

Not used something in a while? If you’re not going to chuck it out then pack it away and get it out of your hair. We have some great spaces for storage in the flat and we’ve only just started taking advantage of these. By packing things like the things our landlord left in the flat away until (god forbid) we have to move out, we can ensure these are kept well and we don’t need to worry about them.

What’s your home new year resolution this year? Are you going to keep it simple or pack things away ready for the year ahead? We’d love to hear from you on this so leave a comment below or give us a shout on Twitter.

Here’s to the year ahead,
David & Mark x

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