12 resolutions for your home in 2016

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A new year gives you the opportunity to take a fresh approach to your life, and this includes your home and garden.

Take on a different perspective in 2016 and consider making one or more of these 12 resolutions between January and December.

January - Prepare for next Christmas

Though it may sound premature, thinking about 2016 while taking down the decorations for 2015 can save you plenty of hassle. Label boxes when removing baubles, try not to tangle lights up when taking them down, and box the tree carefully to avoid damaging the branches.

February - Think winter with your garden

With the cold weather truly taking hold, take stock of your garden and consider the impact that frost and sub-zero temperatures are having. Choosing plants and shrubbery that can withstand the cold can provide a year-round solution and minimise maintenance throughout 2016 and beyond.

March - See the light

As the clocks go forward and the days become longer, think about how you can maximise the light entering your home. Relocating furniture away from windows can prove effective, while bi-fold doors offer an excellent means of flooding a room with natural light.

April - Bring the outdoors inside

As your garden begins to blossom, decorate your home with flowers and add a natural touch. If you prefer a simple garden, then consider floral stencils in the kitchen or another room of your house.

May - The force be with you

Force yourself to make a list of the minor chores you’ve been putting off for months and allocate one of the two May bank holidays to do them. From changing a lightbulb, to putting up a new shelf, to clearing out the freezer, try to tick as many as you can off the list.

June - Prepare for the summer

Invest in some new outdoor furniture ahead of the warmer months and think about how you could host a summer garden party. Mow the lawn, trim the shrubbery and put up the parasol, then sit back and relax.

July - Brighten up your life

There is never a bad time to give a wall a lick of paint, and with the longest day falling in July, ensure that your home is as bright as the outdoors by getting out the paint can and brush.

August - Give your home a holiday

As people across the country head away on their summer holiday, try to give your home a break before you jet off. Have a very late spring clean to leave it looking like a showhome on your return.

September – Turn over a new leaf

As the leaves begin to fall, turn over one of your own by giving an unused room a new lease of life. Turn the spare bedroom into a study or even convert the garage into a gym to help maximise the space in your home.

October - Embrace your fear

Many people avoid certain tasks out of fear, but adopt the Halloween spirit by facing yours. Clean out that intimidating closet or garage full of junk, throw away those old clothes, or vacuum under the bed.

November - Put a spark into your garden

Host the ultimate bonfire party by investing in a fire pit and chiminea for your garden. Let off fireworks, wave sparklers, toast marshmallows, then head into the kitchen for pie and peas and bonfire toffee.

December – Do Christmas in style

Think about how you can top Christmas 2015 by employing creative ways to decorate your home over the 2016 festive period. Lights twisting up the banister, an outdoor display, or a tree in every room can look stunning and give your home interior an extra yuletide edge.