New Home Resolutions – Improving Your Space in 2022

No matter how large or small your home is, it’s necessary to create sufficient space to make it look bigger and more inviting. Desiring to start fresh in all aspects sets the right mood and attitude for a new year. So, without further ado, here are seven ideas for improving your space in 2022.

Photo of storage shelves used as a space divider

As you make plans for your life, consider listing some ideas for your home as well. This guide will help you get started:

1. Remove Clutter

However much you love your belongings, at some point, you will stop using them—this is as true for you as it is for the rest of your family. Decluttering is one activity that most people run away from, but sooner or later, you may have to begin clearing out your home. 

Set aside some time (and stick to it!) to go through each room in your home intentionally. Separate your items into things you use, things you need, and things that you neither use nor need. Either donate or trash the excess items in your home, and you will notice a significant change immediately. 

2. Don’t Hide Junk in the Garage

Photo of a very organized garage

If you have a garage, you know that it often becomes the place where you store everything, starting from broken appliances, outdated furniture, lawn equipment, etc. If you declutter and stash it all away in your garage, you will be repeating the same old habit and not taking care of the clutter. 

Eventually, you may find some of the clutter making its way back into your house quickly. So, as soon as you clear the clutter, have an immediate plan to remove it from your property altogether. Donate or sell the things you consider to be of sentimental value that you no longer need but do not want to see trashed.

3. Add a New Color Pop

Painting your home is another thing that feels inconvenient for many homeowners, but it may be one solution among many to make your home look spacious. Use durable quality paint with a glossy finish that helps reflect light seamlessly across each room. A professional painter can advise on the best color to use for both the interior and exterior and they will get the work done correctly. 

You can also paint some of your old furniture to give the pieces a new look instead of buying completely new ones. If you live in a rented home, consult your landlord about this before making these changes. Afterward, refresh your wall décor, but don’t overdo it. 

4. Clean and Organize

An obvious task for improving your space in 2022 is a deep clean. It’s the logical next step after you’re done with the decluttering and discard phase. Dust and wipe every surface, scrub out the bathrooms, sweep the porch and patios, and work on your yard too. Doing this will ensure that you clean up the neglected areas of your home, like behind the refrigerator, garage, and windows. 

It’s normal to get bored with the same home arrangement year in, year out. Therefore, this time around, you refresh your home’s look by rearranging your furniture or moving things to a different location to make a change. You could also turn your bed to face another direction but still enhance space, do so. 

5. Renovate The Rooms

Most homes have a problem with storage. Besides reorganizing everything or even replacing your furniture, if your storage options are not good enough, after a while, your home may resume the cluttered look once more. Therefore, it would help if you called in a professional contractor to help you identify areas that would need upgrades to fit in reasonable storage solutions

An excellent place to start is consulting a custom home builder, listening to their suggestions, and deciding what works for you. If you have a small space, they can suggest creative space hacks like purchasing multi-purpose furniture and taking advantage of the vertical space for your storage needs. 

6. Boost Your Curb Appeal

As you take care of your home’s interior, you can’t forget the exterior side of it, what we call curb appeal. It’s part of your home, and it also gives the first impression of what to expect inside. First, invest in suitable greenery and balance out privacy and visibility to your guests. 

Your preference of plants and arrangement will determine the final look. Also, trim the fence, shrubs, and lawn and do a patio rearrangement if need be. Later on, don’t forget to do a power wash to your exterior walls, and driveway, and above all, ensure that the entryway to your front door is clear.

7. Set Up a Regular Cleaning Schedule

A regular cleaning schedule ensures that you check everywhere, especially the clutter-prone areas like your bedroom, garage, living room, and kitchen. It also helps remind you to take care of the neglected areas that you rarely clean in your regular daily cleaning. 

If you don’t want to find yourself in an indecisive and procrastinated situation on when to clean up, setting a timeframe will help you go through your house or apartment periodically. Set a schedule that works for you and encourages your family members to do the same. Cleaning up together ultimately makes it easier for you. Doing so on a regular basis is much easier and keeps everything under control. 

Space is essential in any home, and without it, your home will always look crowded and messy no matter what you do. Even as your family grows, try and adjust to the changes as they come. 

We hope you have enjoyed these steps in improving your space in 2022. Check back for more home improvement, interior design, and real estate posts all year long!

Tre Pryor, Realtor

Tre Pryor is the leading real estate expert in the city of Louisville. He is a multi-million dollar producer and consistently ranks in the top 1% of Louisville Realtors for homes sold. Tre Pryor has the highest possible rating—5.0 stars on Google—by his clients and is routinely interviewed by the local NBC news. Tre Pryor is a member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame.