There was so much bad juju in 2020 it is time to start the New Year on a completely fresh note.

And since we’re all still cooped up at home, whether we’re working from home, quarantining, or under lock down, it’s time to usher the malignant vibes out the front door and to keep our home refreshed and ready for a year we can only hope will keep getting better.

  1. Get Your Storage Needs in Order.

Try tackling that closet that’s forever dirty, or the drawer filled with all that random junk. Take everything out of the closet or drawer so you can sort it and assess your storage needs. Buy containers to arrange everything so it looks good and you feel better about it! I recently bought baskets for my extra towels and sheets in my linen closet. Not only is it (finally) organized, but it looks so chic!

My plan is to keep going on my organizing streak, I’m going through all of my bookshelves now to decide what books I need to keep and which ones I can let go. Even though I love holding a book in my hand, I read way too fast, and end up with way too many books. I’ve been recently using the New York Public Library’s e-reader app and it’s amazing! I can read all the books I want, and I don’t have to STORE the books!

  1. Try Some New Smells.

Make your house smell different! Whether that means buying a new candle or taking some time to learn about essential oils (listen to our podcast with Ryan Porter, an essential oil guru) adding a new scent as you walk into your house keeps things fresh and makes them smell clean!

One of my favorite scents is clean laundry, I have a candle that I put on my working from home desk that mimics that smell! My favorite candle maker is this cute farm to table place in rural Massachusetts that I stumbled into one spring day. They just started selling their wares online and they smell so good at great prices!  Check it out here!

  1. Organize Routines.

Have you let some of your previous routines fall away during the pandemic? I know I have! One thing I know I’ve been struggling with is my exercise routine. Now I have no routine. With gyms still closed and me having to rely on my own self will to exercise, it is hard to get up and get active.

Something that’s helped me with exercising is getting a partner involved. I go for walks with my sister and bike with my mother. We try to push each other to bike and walk farther, and now have decided to do “candle light” yoga on Sundays.

Find those routines you’re missing, whether that means who cleans the kitchen when, or who waters the plants, make a chart that you can all see in your house to cross things off the list, you’ll feel accomplished that you’re doing it!

  1. Try some DIY.

Find a project on Pinterest and do it! You’ll feel accomplished for making it happen and you get to spruce up your house a little bit! Have you been drooling over the ombré walls? Or did you fall in love with those succulent wreaths? Learn how to do it yourself and enjoy that feeling when you finish and reach that goal.

I’ve been obsessing over tie-dye during the pandemic. I think I’ve tie-dyed about 100 white fabric masks. I gave them to friends for the holidays, to relatives, to delivery workers to say thank you! It’s been fun to have a project where I’m helping others and giving them a little piece of delight in their lives.

  1. Go Touchless.

The future really is here. You know those sinks in restaurants that will turn on when you put your hands under them? Those can now exist for your home! And with so much hand washing nowadays, you might want to consider adding them to your house!

There are also touchless hand sanitizer sprayers which I’ve had my eye on. I feel like I’m living in Disney Channel’s Smart House, only the house isn’t evil, and I get to feel safer during a pandemic! It’s a win/win!

  1. Rearrange the Furniture you already have!

There’s truth to Feng shui, which is a practice originating from ancient China which claims to use energy forces to find the best way to arrange a space in conjunction with an individual. It doesn’t hurt to try it!

I love to rearrange my furniture; it makes me feel like I’m in a completely different space! And you’re not spending any money! Move just one chair and see how you feel, see how the space moves. I also love to switch around the art on my walls, I can do it myself and the room changes completely!

  1. Try a Séance.

If you’ve tried everything else, why not break out that sage and light it on fire. Sage smuging is traditional to the Native Americans and it is supposed to clear your home of negative energy. And let’s be real, we could all use some positive vibes after last year.

Whatever you choose to do to remake your home, find ways to introduce those positive vibes into the space. And if you’re like me, you might try all of them!

And please let me know what you do try! Comment below or shoot me an email at [email protected] with your photos of sprucing up your home, I’d love to hear from you.

About the author

Alice Cash is the Marketing Manager for Jubilance by day and an award winning Theatre Director by night.  Leading the podcast Weekly Woman, she loves her candid conversations with women from all over the world about how they live and the amazing things they are doing to make a difference. Alice is also the editor of the bi-monthly newsletter the Jubilee, a blog dedicated to the power of female wellness especially concerning menstruation.  She’s worked in France creating theatre pieces and taught drama and filmmaking to women and children in Haiti.  She graduated from Georgetown University and holds two master degrees from NYU and The New School.  Alice has traveled to  40+ countries, including Tibet.  She is a New Yorker and can often be found in Central Park, searching out the best bubble tea, or directing a play, you never know where she’ll show up. @alicesadventuresinwonderworld
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