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The Ultimate New Year’s Resolution Guide for Improving Your Home

Is revamping your home a top New Year’s resolution on your list? There are endless organizing tricks, storage hacks, design updates, renovation ideas, and DIY projects to help you spruce up your living space this year! Follow our guide to help you refresh your home in 2019.

  • Declutter Your Home to Maximize Living Space
  • Give Each Room a Design & Organization Makeover
  • Transform a Spare Room into a Unique Space
  • Improve Your Home with Renovation Projects

Declutter Your Home to Maximize Living Space

Kick off visions for a “new year, new home” with cleaning! After the holidays is the perfect time to take inventory of what you have and determine what you no longer need. Learn how to let go of excess and declutter your home with tips for making a lifestyle shift below!

Follow a Home Decluttering Guide

clutter busting tips for decluttering

Plan a weekend to do some major sorting! Once you’ve done the initial overhaul, spend just five or 15 minutes a day tidying your space. Establishing a daily habit of picking things up and getting the whole family to participate will help you maintain your resolution to be neat throughout the new year!

Check out our guide to How to Declutter Your Home!

Declutter Your Life with Minimalism

Woman laughing

Minimalism can help you gain control over a cluttered home and make the most of the new year! Living a minimalist lifestyle means you can spend less time cleaning and stressing over household chores and more time maximizing your enjoyment of life.

Check out our guide to How to Become a Minimalist: Tips for Decluttering Your Life!

Try Feng Shui Basics

Fen Shui Living Room

How you decorate and organize could be affecting different aspects of your life. Whether you want more happiness, money, success, fame, or meaningful relationships this year, feng shui your home to cultivate positive chi (or energy) in these unique parts of your life.

Check out our guide to Feng Shui for Beginners: How to Feng Shui Your Home!

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Give Each Room a Design & Organization Makeover

Are you done getting rid of clutter? Now that excess clothes, shoes, books, and other items have been cleared out, you can refresh your home with DIY projects, fresh decor, and a streamlined organization system. Start with just one area or move room-by-room to design the stylish home you’ve always dreamed of!

Living Room

Modern living room with chalkboard wall

Have you considered reusing old suitcases as an end table? What about using a ladder to store throw blankets? Refresh your home with living room organization ideas that help you repurpose unused items, minimize the appearance of ugly cords, and keep clutter at bay in your living space.

Check out our guide to Budget-Friendly Organization & Storage Ideas for Your Living Room!


Organized kitchen

The kitchen frequently gets overrun with clutter, making daily meal preparation and cooking more difficult. With smart organization ideas like expandable pantry shelving and storage bins, you won’t have to worry about digging for that oven mitt, measuring cup, or special ingredient at the back of the cabinet!

Check out our guide to Kitchen Storage Ideas: DIY Organization and Storage Tips!


Soft blue hues in contemporary bedroom

Want to learn how to organize your bedroom? Finding the best layout for your space is crucial for organization, whether your sleeping space is in a small studio apartment or a spacious master bedroom. And with a few clever design and organization tips, you can make your bedroom feel extra comfy!

Check out our guide to 27 Bedroom Organization Ideas, Tips, & Hacks!


Towels in wicker basket in bathroom

There’s a way to organize and design every type of bathroom, regardless of size. Under the sink storage ideas, space-efficient layouts, DIY bathroom hacks, simple tips for organizing or hiding your products—all of these can help you declutter and get the luxurious bathroom you’ve always wanted.

Check out our guide to DIY Bathroom Organization & Storage Ideas You’ll Love!

Home Office

A furnished home office

Take a step forward in your career this year by trying out home office organization and storage ideas. From choosing the right desk to creating a filing system and keeping track of all your pesky papers, you’ll be able to design a productive workspace that helps you get the job done.

Check out our guide to Storage & Organization Ideas for Your Home Office!

Kids Rooms

Kids playroom with toys

Have a child who struggles to maintain a tidy bedroom? Focus on decluttering and designating spots for clothes and toys. Have a teen who’s ready to make a design upgrade with their bedroom? Curate a stylish space where they can retreat. Want to give your kids a place where they can play or study? Design a playroom or a homework zone. No matter, there are plenty of ways to create cute kids spaces!

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Organized closet with spring wardrobe

Some of the best New Year’s resolutions involve simplifying your life by streamlining your closets! Investing in small closet organizers, maximizing vertical space, and using labels are tips that work for linen, bedroom, kids, and hall closets. Find ways to store shoes, toys, toiletries, jewelry, bedding, and more:

Check out our guide to Closet Organization Ideas & Storage Tips!


White organized mudroom

A drop zone that works harder could be the key to stopping clutter before it starts! If you don’t have a designated mudroom, create one in your garage, entryway, laundry room, or closet. Mudroom ideas can be as simple making your own shoe cubbies, adding a dry erase board, or buying a bench with storage.

Check out our guide to 21 Mudroom Design & Organization Tips!


Organized workbench with tools hanging from pegboard

Custom shelving, pegboards, and slat walls are some of the best ways to organize a garage. Purchase or build your own hanging racks designed to store basketballs, sports equipment, and tools. If you’ve never thought about utilizing magnetic strips or considered drawing the outline of tools to remind you where each goes, it’s time to start thinking outside of the box with garage organization ideas!

Check out our guide to How to Organize Your Garage: Tips for Decluttering & Storage!


Organized basement with tan couch

Take your basement from boring to functional! If you have an unfinished basement, renovate this unused area into an office, game room, movie room, or a multi-purpose space. Or if you don’t have the budget for full renovations, try simple design ideas like adding an area rug, buying new lamps, or picking a fresh paint color. Installing lockers and adding storage bins can help you keep everything organized, too!

Check out our guide to Organize Your Basement with These 23 Design & Storage Ideas!


Bright, organized attic space

Level up your new year cleaning by taking on your attic! Because of the unique shape and low or slanted ceilings, attic storage ideas have to be creative. Brace flooring before adding extra weight with furniture and learn how to make an organized floor plan to transform your attic!

Check out our guide to 10 Simple Attic Storage & Organization Tips!

Storage Rooms

Sliding drawers under stair space

Ready to make big home organization changes this year? Tackle those hard-to-declutter spaces! Storage rooms or closets, junk rooms, guest bedrooms, and under the stairs areas can all get overwhelmed with clutter over the year, so take the time to go through these spaces and reorganize everything.

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Outdoor Shed

Outdoor shed with lawn and garden tools inside

You can refresh storage areas outside of your home, too! Make it easy to find garden tools, stop tripping over the lawn mower, and locate the paint colors you need by embracing clever shed organization ideas. Ample shelving, homemade organizers, and re-using old items can all help conquer clutter here.

Check out our guide to Outdoor Shed Organization & Storage Ideas to Help You Declutter!

Outdoor Living Spaces

Apartment balcony with small table and chair

Is your porch, patio, deck, or small backyard looking a little frumpy? Give it a makeover! With DIY backyard design hacks like using pallets as dividers, adding a built-in cooler to a table, or creating a planter wall, you can make your small outdoor living space look better and feel cozier.

Check out our guide to 25 Creative Ideas for Designing Small Outdoor Living Spaces!

Transform a Spare Room into a Unique Space

Want to create your dream living space this year? Whether you plan to tear down walls or just rearrange furniture, there are countless home design ideas that can breathe new life into an unused space. Explore these 17 bonus room design ideas to get an idea of what your flex space could be!

Build Your Dream Closet

Young woman looking through wardrobe

If one of your home improvement resolutions is to design a spectacular closet, look no further! Once you’ve decided a spare room is the perfect spot for glamorous dressing quarters, pick a color scheme and proper flooring. Wooden hangers, expansive mirrors, and a center island are just a few of the many ways to make this space stylish and orderly.

Check out our guide to 21 Ideas for Designing & Organizing Your Dream Closet!

Make a Home Library

Modern home library

Whether you want a home library straight out of a fairytale or a cozy reading nook, these design tips can help you get the reading room you’ve always wanted. Functional shelving, cozy seating, and ample lighting can all be used to transform a spare room into the ultimate home library.

Check out our guide to DIY Home Library Design & Organization Ideas!

Design the Ultimate Office

Modern home office

There’s a reason so many people turn an extra bedroom into an office! This space is the perfect spot to add a desk with storage, invest in a chair that’s comfy, and install sufficient shelving. Not ready to dedicate an entire room to your workspace? You can always combine an office and a guest room.

Check out our guide to Turn a Spare Room into Your Dream Home Office!

Create a Movie Theater

Movie theater room at home

You know you want surround sound in your home theater room, but have you thought about the need for acoustic panels to enhance sound quality? There are numerous ways to transform a basement, attic, or spare room into a place where movie magic can come alive and provide your family with endless entertainment.

Check out our guide to Home Theater Ideas: How to Design the Perfect Room for Movie Night!

Curate a Craft Room

Woman working on crafts in craft room

The most important part of a craft room is having ample storage for your supplies! If your flex room doesn’t already have a closet or built-in shelving, buy or build your own organizational furniture. Learn how to set up a sewing room, organize your jewelry-making table, or arrange a knitting corner in a way that shows off your supplies and keeps mess at bay.

Check out our guide to Craft Room Ideas: How to Turn a Spare Room into Your Creative Workspace!

Add a Wine Room

Wine cellar with cabinets

Is adding elegance to your home a New Year’s resolution? Design a wine room to amplify luxury and create a space for your most treasured collections! Once temperature and lighting are accounted for, any room can house a vintage credenza or modern tasting table to bring your wine room dreams to life.

Check out our guide to How to Create a Wine Room at Home!

Set Up a Game Room

Game room with brick walls

Trying to level up your pool game this year? Dreaming of beating your best friend’s high score in pinball? Needing more space for family game nights? Want a cozy den where you can kick back and play video games for hours? Turn a bonus room into the ultimate home game room!

Check out our guide to 26 Game Room Ideas for the Ultimate Entertaining Space!

Commit to a Home Gym

Girl doing yoga

You can fulfill your fitness resolutions in the new year! Don’t let a crowded gym keep you from getting the workout you’ve been craving. With rubber flooring, motivational decor, full-length mirrors, and versatile equipment, you can get a home gym setup that works for your health goals!

Check out our guide to Get Motivated with These 20 Home Gym Design Ideas!

Craft a Music Room

Modern home music room

Meet your resolution goals of brushing up on piano or practicing guitar more! A home music room offers an opportunity for you to play your instruments, as well as deliver performances for guests. You can even use instruments as wall decor or creatively store and display records to add a unique touch.

Check out our guide to 23 Ideas for Turning a Spare Room into a Home Music Room!

Opt for an Art Studio

Bright home art studio

Is your New Year’s resolution to prioritize your creativity? Begin by designating a spot for creating your art! Whether it’s in an extra bedroom or even an unused closet, make an area for your painting, drawing, or sculpting supplies. And be sure to include enough shelving and storage for your tools!

Check out our guide to Your DIY Guide to Designing a Home Art Studio!

Dedicate a Dog Room

Cute, white puppy

Give your furry friend a proper room of their own! If you have room in a mudroom, basement, or flex space, consider turning it into a dog room where your four-legged pal can have their bed, their food and water, and all of their favorite toys in one convenient place.

Check out our guide to How to Design & Organize a Dog Room!

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Improve Your Home with Renovation Projects

Conquer all of your big home improvement resolutions this year—even the ones that require more elbow grease! Find remodeling ideas that will overhaul your space, bring new energy to your house, and heighten resale value in the future.

Overhaul Your Outdoor Living Spaces

Sunny outdoor living space

Many of the best upgrades to make to your home this year involve transforming your backyard into a prime spot for lounging and entertaining. Major additions to your backyard like outdoor kitchens and living rooms don’t just make your outdoor space more enjoyable. They can also boost your home’s resale value!

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Try a DIY Backyard or Garden Makeover

Backyard garden with pink flowers

If you don’t have the room or the budget for a complete overhaul of your outdoor space, there’s always fun DIY projects for your backyard or garden that can still have an impact! Build a tree bench, add a water fountain, start a vegetable garden—no matter what you choose, your yard will look great!

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Boost Resale Value with Room Remodels

Navy blue house

Looking for home remodeling ideas? Some of the best home renovation projects including remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, finishing your basement, or adding square footage onto your existing property. While these projects are time-intensive and costly, they can provide great return on investment for your home!

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Build or Upgrade Your Home with Custom Features

Modern living room with stone fireplace

Are you planning to build your dream home this year? Or are you upgrading your current home with more modern features? It’s important to know what home styles, floor plans, and interior features are important to current homebuyers when building or remodeling, as these affect your home’s resale value.

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Need self storage while you pursue your New Year’s resolutions? Extra Space Storage has easily accessible storage facilities throughout the U.S. that can help you achieve your goals of decluttering, organizing, and remodeling your home. Find a storage unit near you!

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