Sunday,17 December, 2017
Current issue | Issue 1231, (29 January - 4 February 2015)
Sunday,17 December, 2017
Issue 1231, (29 January - 4 February 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Entre Nous - New year, new home

Let’s talk about better living! Our new interactive family corner aims to expand our lifestyle horizons with practical little pearls of wisdom from the editor and input from our readers

At the beginning of every new year, people start thinking of refreshing their lives, making new resolutions and dearly hoping to be able to commit to them before the weeks fly by and they become a distant memory yet again.

But, unfortunately, our homes rarely benefit from this kind of fresh start, and the little jobs that could rejuvenate them are neglected. So if you’re tired out of your last year’s home, let your new year’s resolutions motivate you to make changes that will shake up your domestic space.

Thanks to these home resolutions, your house could be as fresh as you are in no time.

Organise your closet:
Yes, your first challenge is to clean out your closet. It’s time to get rid of the clothes you’ve accumulated over the years. Once you’ve finished, take the time to sort through the entire miscellany you may have hoarded in the closet: souvenirs, photographs and old letters. But make sure you really take your time so you won’t have any regrets when you take out the rubbish.

Make your own storage solutions:
Finding the right storage solutions for your home can be hard. But making your own is much easier than you might think. Hang a clear shoe-organiser on your pantry door, label the pockets with colourful tags and use them to store kitchen utensils and supplies.

Plant an indoor herb garden:
Studies cited by the American magazine Psychology Today show that taking care of houseplants can help improve reaction times, reduce stress and even lower blood pressure.

Rearrange your furniture:
Changing the placement of your furniture is fun and instantly satisfying. Make some changes as part of starting a new year, and see how the new arrangement feels. Focus on your largest freestanding pieces: the media console, bookcases, couch and coffee tables.

Clean out the clutter:
Whatever the random clutter is, it’s time to sort it out. Start with cupboards filled with odds and ends, or shelves filled with boxes of junk. Donate or throw out what you don’t need and re-organise the rest. Your prize will be a clutter-free house and more storage space.

Empty the medicine cabinet:
Like closets, medicine cabinets benefit from a good clean every once in a while. Check the labels on your medications and dispose of anything that’s expired. Once everything has been cleared out, scrub the shelves and neatly replace the medicine.

Refresh your shower:
The shower is the most intimate place in the house, and its purpose goes beyond good hygiene. It’s a standing sauna and a place to think and make plans. So make sure you refresh you shower with a perfect showerhead and stylish new shower curtains that suit your mood.

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