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5 Ways to Brighten up your Home after the Holidays

Discover how to bring the life back into your space after the Christmas season

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After three months of twinkling lights, Christmas carols, and gift-giving, the next few weeks may seem boring and dull. With no reunions left to plan or festivities to look forward to, one might miss the excitement felt during the holiday season. Even your space can appear dreary once guests have gone home and the decorations have been taken down.  

Here are a few tips on how to banish the post-yuletide blues and transform the look – and the feel – of your home. 

Listen to your favorite songs
Before anything else, use music to put yourself in a good mood. Fill your house with sounds that can put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. A few great tunes can also motivate you to dance your way through a few home improvement projects.

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Clean as you go
And what better project to welcome the New Year than a cleaning spree? A home looks so much nicer when it is neat and organized. More importantly, getting rid of mess and clutter can make you feel better. Gather things that you do not need and donate to charitable organizations near you. 
Invest in new lighting
One of the biggest mistakes that a homeowner can make is to not have enough lights. Insufficient lighting can make spaces seem dark and drab. More lights can “open up” the room, making it appear bigger than it really is.

Replace lights with energy-efficient products such as halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light emitting diodes (LEDs). These lights use less energy and last longer than traditional bulbs.

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Replace curtains and floor rugs
Since we see the same things in our homes every day, we often overlook the little details that actually matter. Many houses are filled with dirty curtains and floor rugs that never leave a good impression. If you don’t have the time or the budget for a complete makeover, new drapes and mats can instantly improve your space. 

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Opt for fresh flowers
For those of us that were not born with a green thumb, fresh flowers are an ideal alternative to the usual potted plants. Contrary to popular belief, blooms are not that expensive. Buy fragrant blossoms from your local market and place them in vases around your home.

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