5. Give it a makeover.
If parts of your home have begun to look drab or outdated, perk it up by adding accessories, updating appliances, installing window treatments, or reworking the furniture. Even just doing up one room—preferably the one you spend the most time in—can add a boost. Clueless about where to start? Enlist affordable services such as Joybird, Modsy, Spacejoy, or Havenly, or hire a local interior designer. Crate and Barrel, Ethan Allen, One Kings Lane, and West Elm also offer free interior design services with no obligation to buy.
Planning on revamping your home office? “Look at what you have and think about what you may be missing,” advises Benjamin Pardo, Knoll’s design director. “Do you have storage? A comfortable chair? Enough light? A plethora of design elements can impact your day as you work from home. Decide what’s important and accessible for you to work productively and comfortably.”
6. Address security gaps.
Do a deep assessment of your home security: Are your windows and doors truly secure? Do you have an up-to-date alarm and a lighting system that works to protect you? How about a fireproof safe to guard your dearest possessions, or a front-porch surveillance camera? Make this the year to burglar-proof your house—and possibly even to lower your insurance premiums.
Don’t forget the security of your devices, as well. “It is important to be prepared and take measures like using a password manager and updating your router,” Hoeberechts says. “Choosing the right smart-home and home-security partner that has the highest standards of cybersecurity is important.”