10 Design + Project Resolutions to Tackle This Year

It's easy to remember to tackle things like exercise, diet and business goals, but what about resolutions for your home?
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We're one week into the new year, and you're likely pretty committed to your personal resolutions. But why not think through some design and project-based resolutions that you can work toward in your home this year, too? Here are 10 of our faves. (No treadmill required.)

Purge + Declutter

Kid's Room With Under-the-Bed Storage

Kid's Room With Under-the-Bed Storage

Photo by: Room & Board

Whether or not you read Marie Kondo's wildly popular book The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, one of the best things you can do for your home in the new year is to implement a “no clutter” policy. For me, this meant purging, purging and more purging.

My biggest take away from Marie's book was her advice to get rid of absolutely anything in your home that does not “spark joy.” This isn’t foolproof as it’s hard to think of a broom or a file folder as sparking joy, but I found it worked pretty well while cleaning out my closet.

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Cardboard Food Boxes

Photo By: Lincoln Barbour

Wire Hangers

Your Dish Sponge

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Natalie Wright

Old Shoes

Clothing You've Never Worn

Too-Small Kids' Clothing

Socks Without a Mate

Expired Makeup

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Melissa Hruska

Old Spices

Photo By: Faith Durand ©© Elana's Pantry

Your Toothbrush

Last Year's Holiday Cards

Last Year's Calendar

Unidentified Frozen Objects

Photo By: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Movies You Don't Love

Photo By: DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Expired Food

Clean, Clean, Clean

Store Cleaning Tools on S-Hooks

Store Cleaning Tools on S-Hooks

Photo by: Lowe’s


While many of us are able to easily stay on top of basic cleaning tasks, I found that I was often falling asleep at the wheel when it came to those DEEP CLEANING to-dos that I always meant to get to but usually didn’t. Things like: vacuuming my mattress, wiping down the walls (we have a dog drool situation), deep cleaning our appliances, etc. So for 2016, I’ve decided to add calendar appts for myself throughout the year so I don’t forget any of my cleaning tasks.

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Get Organized

Organized Pantry

Organized Pantry

Getting organized is an ongoing project, but laying the groundwork definitely goes a long way. If you're feeling overwhelmed by all of your home organizing projects, break it down room-by-room and don’t take on too much at once. As with the cleaning tasks, try scheduling in some organizing tasks, once a month to start, and take it from there. I find the kitchen is always a great place to start, as getting organized there could potentially have the biggest impact on your family’s day-to-day life.

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A Clean Cleaning Space

Out-of-the-Box Idea

Stacked Storage

A Place for Everything

Room for Two

Photo By: Photographer: Christina Wedge

Making Space

Building Up

Sabrina's Secrets

Photo By: Melanie Acevedo

Pet Problems Solved

Wash Room Remedy

A Working Office

Upcycled Style

A Clever Kitchen

Mixing It Up

Photo By: Photo courtesy of Laura Witt

Pristine Pantry

Play It Safe

Wireless Security System Control

Wireless Security System Control

Photo by: Eric Perry ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Eric Perry, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

The new year is a a great time to commit to ensuring that your home is as safe as it can be from top to bottom. This might mean replacing all the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, ensuring that you have fire extinguishers strategically placed throughout your home, adding a security system or creating a disaster kit for you and your family.

Bring Some Order

Plastic Drawers Keep Linen Closet Organized

Plastic Drawers Keep Linen Closet Organized

Photo by: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Melissa George, Polished Habitat

One day not too long ago, I looked into my linen closet and realized it was a hot mess. I had a random collection of sheets, towels and linens that felt disjointed rather than intentional. So I purged what I didn’t love anymore (see what I did there?) and rounded everything out by getting more of what I truly loved. Having a uniform collection of towels, sheets and table linens brings a smile to my face each and every time I open up my linen closet now. So if you’re an order addict too, consider stepping up your game in 2016.

Finish a Project

K&D Landscape Management: Hide the Ugly With a Fabulous Facade

K&D Landscape Management: Hide the Ugly With a Fabulous Facade

Photo by: K&D Landscape Management John Algozzini

K&D Landscape Management John Algozzini

Whether you rent or own, chances are you have some unfinished projects around your home that are begging to be buttoned up. As this is sometimes a hard one to tackle, I would recommend just committing to finishing ONE project around your house in January. Chances are you will feel so good once you finish up that one project, you’ll want to take on even more.

If you want to avoid feeling overwhelmed, try the 1x a month method of scheduling a day each month and slotting in specific projects that are unfinished for one reason or another (and get specific on your calendar rather than just putting in a “finish a project” note; this will help you stay focused and get things done!).

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Give Yourself an Upgrade

Eclectic Bedroom Retreat With Modern Four Poster Bed

Eclectic Bedroom Retreat With Modern Four Poster Bed

Photo by: W Hotels

W Hotels

If you’ve been feeling like you might like to see a bit more luxe in your life, make a resolution to give yourself an upgrade in the new year. It could be something as simple as getting yourself a nicer set of sheets, replacing the lighting in one of your rooms or splurging and upgrading an appliance. Choose one thing to start and commit to it. If it is more of a splurge item, put together a savings plan for yourself so that you can work toward making the upgrade hassle free.

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Keep It Clean

Go Faux

Don't Lose Your Marbles

Be Brassy

Look Into Mirrors

©Zach DeSart

Work That Artwork

From: Erinn Valencich

Add Some Flower Power

Test Your Metals

Dim the Lights

Treat Your Windows

Don't Ignore Your Entry

Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

Green Exterior With White Roof and Solar Panels

Green Exterior With White Roof and Solar Panels

Photo by: Sharp Design Studio

Sharp Design Studio

The new year is always a good time to take a look at our homes to see where we could make improvements that will help both the environment and oftentimes our own wallets. Have you switched all of your light bulbs to energy efficient models? Or considered a Nest thermostat to help regulate your HVAC charges? Schedule some time in the new year to do a home audit and see where you might be able to make some eco-friendly changes.

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Marvin All Ultrex Casement Windows

Pella Architect Series Casement Windows

Hy-Lite Energy Star Awning Windows

Weather Shield Life Guard IG

Simonton Profinish Brickmould 600

Crestline Select

Pella ThermaStar Windows

Hy-Lite Energy Star Windows

Weather Shield Life Guard IG 2

Simonton StormBreaker Plus

Proshield 2

Marvin All Ultrex Awning Windows

Weather Shield 2

Crestline VinylCrest 200

Weather Shield Proshield

Focus on the Details

Streamlined White Cabinets in Contemporary Kitchen

Streamlined White Cabinets in Contemporary Kitchen

Photo by: Jackson Design and Remodeling

Jackson Design and Remodeling

For those of you who have been fairly successful at completing projects, but still lack some of the finishing touches, make 2016 all about fine-tuning the details in your home. Maybe add some curtains to finish out a room or finally replace the trim that you’ve been meaning to update. Switching out cabinet pulls or electrical switchplates is also a great way to fine-tune the details in your space. (Note: If you're a renter, simply save the existing pulls and switch plates so you can change them back before your lease is up.)

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The DIY Way

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Drop Cloth

Photo By: Thomas Liggett


Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Bed Sheet

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Shower Curtain

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Ready-to-Hang Options

Photo By: Thomas Liggett


Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Neutral Blue

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Nautical Chic

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Simple Stripes

Photo By: Thomas Ligget

Traditional Checks

Photo By: Thomas Liggett

Step Outside the Box

Big Green Bookcase

Big Green Bookcase

If you're someone who doesn’t typically take big chances when it comes to the design of your home, it might be time to commit to some big changes in 2016. Try starting with commiting to one bold decision for your home. This might mean, switching up your paint colors, adding some wallpaper or trying a new “push the envelope” piece of furniture. I always subscribe to the notion that each room in our home should have one thing in it that might have initially made us feel a little uncomfortable, because these are usually the items and choices that will have the biggest impact on your space.

Try a New Trend!

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Try Something New in 2015

If You Love Color … Try a Bold Blue

Use Small Doses

Color in the Kitchen

Photo By: Eric Perry © 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Dine in Color

Accent With Blue

Think Outside the Box

If Prefer Neutral … Try Greige

Make Colors Pop

Neutral With Texture

Whispers of Gray

If You Like Rustic … Try Warmer Wood Tones

Table It

Make Retro Modern

Keep it Raw

Highlight the Grain

From: Lilian H. Weinreich

Photo By: Francis Dzikowski

If You Need a Rug … Try a Global Look

From: Dresner Design

Opt for Texture

Add Some Color

Look to Tile

Softer Suzani

Get Running

If You're Tired of Chevron … Try Honeycomb and Other Geometrics

Organic Geometry

Try New Shapes

Layers the Look

Play With Scale

Go Beyond Fabrics and Floorcoverings

If You're Ready to Redo the Backsplash … Try a Bold Tile Look

From: Abramson Teiger Architects

Photo By: Abramson Teiger Architects

Traditional Material, All-New Look

From: Amy Lutz

Unexpected Pattern

Go Bold With Black

From: Corey Damen Jenkins

Stunning, Shimmery Shapes

Geometric and Organic

Handpainted Detail

If You're Over Those Curtains … Go Without

From: Carter Kay

Paint it Black

Photo By: Jason Kisner ©2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Steel Resolve

If You Like the Industrial Look … Try a Statement Light Fixture

Industrial Parts, Classic Style

Simple Yet Stunning

Flexible Design

Sputnik's Return

If You're Tired of Industrial … Try Warm Metals

Not Too Shiny

Keep it Small

Copper Toned

Take it Inside

Photo By: Matthew Williams

Break the Rules

If You're Ready for a Bathroom Upgrade … Try a Freestanding Tub

From: KellyBaron Design

Modern and Rustic

Classic Bathroom Design

Freestanding Fixtures

Don't Forget the View

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