Design Resolutions to Start 2017 on the Right Foot

If, like most Americans, the weight of 2016 has put you in the emotional negative, now’s your chance to achieve the balance you crave. Every new year brings with it the promise of clarity, an overwhelming sense that your best self is attainable and that you have the motivation to make it happen. But where to begin? You can resolve to improve your health or prioritize your career—lofty goals, indeed—but you’d be surprised what a little housekeeping can do for your soul. Start by identifying all the projects you’ve been putting off for a rainy day and mastering them one at a time until they’ve all been checked off your list. Need to organize that closet? Carpe diem, my friend. Been meaning to refresh your living room for aeons? Today is as good as any. Here, we’ve rounded up seven projects to tackle in 2017. You’ll be impressed by how much lighter you feel—both physically and mentally—once your home becomes as uncluttered as your mind.

Reinvent your closet. Getting your wardrobe—and where you keep it—in order can not only help you maximize your space but also streamline your morning routine, making your day more efficient before it even begins. Click here for a guide to closet organizationto get started.

Get to work. Whether you work from home or bring your work home with you, a designated space that inspires creativity and productivity gets the job done. Here are some tips for carving out a home office of your own.

Take more spa days. A little everyday luxury goes a long way. Turn your bathroom into a place that can revitalize you each morning and replenish you in the evenings—and skip the costly trips to your nearest hotel or gym. See our tips for creating a serene spa bath.

Engage in some color therapy. The force for reinvention, whether it’s an update in a living room or a refresh in a bedroom, is strong during the long winter months. If a full makeover isn’t in the budget, go bold by adding accessories in bright hues or textiles in unexpected patterns. Here are some ideas for decorating with color.