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Home Essentials for New Year's Day

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The majority of people look at New Year's Day in one of two ways - as a day to relax and rejuvenate after a hectic holiday season or as a day to start the year off on the right foot by cleaning and getting back into the swing of things. If you're someone who prefers the latter, the first day of January is as good a day as any to start getting your house back in shape. Hey, there's no time like the present, right? Consider this list of home essentials to start your new year off fresh.

New Linens
The new year deserves a fresh start and that includes your bedding. Bed sheets and pillow cases gather dust and dander quickly, especially during the wintertime. Even if you do frequently wash your bedding, the laundry will give your sheets a beating and make them dull. Even the highest quality sheets lose their softness after a number of washes. The new year is the perfect time to start fresh with a new set. While you're at it, treat yourself to some soft, new bath towels as well.

Bright Colors
The holiday colors and decorations have been taking over your home for far too long by this point. Clean away the clutter and start fresh this January. If your home is one of subtle whites, nudes and grays, add a variety of bright colors. Bring in some new couch pillows in shades of bright yellow, orange and red. Adding a pop of color in the winter will help to chase away those hovering winter blues and make your home feel warmer.

Clean Air
For a refreshed start to another year it's important to have crisp, clean air. Start with a full-blown sweep, clean and vacuum of all the rooms in your house. Pack away decorations, boxes and any other clutter prone to gathering dust. Wipe down all surfaces in your home and open the windows to let in some fresh air. To promote more comfortable air in your smaller rooms, turn on your air purifier. Finally, light some candles for a natural aroma.

Nothing brightens up a home like a vase of fresh flowers.Nothing brightens up a home like a vase of fresh flowers.

Fresh Flowers
Nothing livens up a home more than fresh flowers. Their delicate look and their lovely scent are enough to make your house feel like new again. Head out to your local flower shop and pick up a dozen or so of the seasonal bouquet. When you get home, trim the ends and place them in a vase of fresh water. Put them on display wherever they will be the most visual so you can enjoy them again and again each time you walk by.


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