Taking down your holiday decorations is the perfect opportunity to take a fresh look at your “everyday” décor. We can get so used to seeing the same things in the same places that we don’t really see them anymore. Maybe it’s time for a change!

Here are some ideas for ways to update the look of your home for no (or almost no) money—a bonus for this month when those holiday bills come due.

1. START WITH A (LITERAL) CLEAN SLATE

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First, remove all tchotchkes, wall art, pillows, throws, etc. Don’t worry, some or all of them will come back. Give everything a good clean—surfaces & décor alike. Dust, polish, or wash whatever needs it, but be careful with those collectibles and fragile ornaments. You’ll find tips for cleaning them here.

2. SHOP YOUR HOUSE

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Just because that painting has always hung over the mantel doesn’t mean it wouldn’t look fabulous in the entryway, or vice versa. If you’re really ready for a change, move out all the furniture, too. You might find a new arrangement that works better, plus it’s a chance to find out what’s hiding under the couch.

3. TAKE YOUR TIME

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Add one thing at a time and see how it feels. Walk out or the room and come back in to get a fresh perspective. You might even live with your new arrangement for a bit to see how it feels. You can always change it later.

4. CONSIDER AN UPDATE

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Take a good look at your decorative pieces. Is anything dated? If you still love it the way it is, good for you. If the thrill is gone, you might just need a little update. For example: We were all obsessed with big ornate frames and multiple mats in the eighties, but these days less is more. One clean mat and a simple frame might make you fall in love with your picture all over again

5. CURATE YOUR COLLECTION

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You don’t have to display everything all the time. You can stash some items for now and bring them out the next time you need a refresh. Rotating your pieces will help keep your look fresh. If you decide that you’re really “over” something, donate it for someone else to love.  

Even if you end up putting everything right back where it was, these steps give you the opportunity to revisit your design choices and enjoy them all over again. Not to mention that everything will now be shiny and clean. Happy new design year, everyone!

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