Okay, so this is the kind of post that you probably expect to read right at the start of a new year. There’s no denying that January is a really popular time for thinking about the improvements that you want to make in your life, and for many people, this includes considering upgrades in the home. In previous years, I’ve definitely been guilty of making grand plans – and then, inevitably – never seeing them through.

So this year, I’ve taken my time. I’ve considered the things that I really want to focus on, and I’ve made decisions based on my budget, the time I’ve got available, and my priorities. I’m pleased to now be in a position whereby I know what I want to do this year to improve my living space. Here are the plans I’ve created…

Installing replacement windows

Windows are something that many of us don’t give too much thought to. Ours have been in situ since we bought the property several years ago, and I know that they leave quite a lot to be desired. Getting replacement windows will help us to make our home more energy efficient, and also improve the curb appeal. Once they’re installed, I’ll be finishing off the job with some heavyweight curtains to help keep the warmth in.

Investing in just a few key decor pieces

Fast fashion is grabbing so many headlines at the moment, and many of us are becoming more and more conscious about the impact that our buying decisions are having on the environment. This doesn’t just apply to clothes. Think about all the items you’ve bought for your home over the past few years… Cushions, throws, bedding… The reality is that a lot of these items will end up in landfill. This year, I want to do my bit to make a difference. Instead of buying items that will only last a limited amount of time, I’ll focus on style that’ll last forever, and higher quality pieces.

Improving the outside space

Most of the improvements that I’ve made to this property are on the inside. We’re all guilty of judging a book by its cover though, so I want to make sure that I’m covered in this area too! I’m currently costing the options to have some decking installed by an expert, and I’d also like to create a small vegetable patch. I know that if I make small improvements to the garden every year, it’ll make a big difference over time. It’s a long term project, but I know that it’ll be worth it in the end! Gardening is also a great way to spend a quiet weekend, and I’ve often noticed that it has a positive impact on my mental health and general feelings of wellbeing.

Are you planning to make any improvements to your home this year? Or have you already got started with your projects? I’d love to hear about how they’re coming along, so do leave a comment below and keep me updated!

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