I don’t have to tell you that with a new year comes that feeling of newness and freshness, of resetting and starting over. I’m sure 90% of you reading this felt the compulsion to go through, and get rid and tidy and sort these past few weeks, especially after the excesses of Christmas where you’re finding a place for the newest of the 450 candles in your collection, or a week of (rightfully) slacking on cleaning in favour of watching Graham Norton and singlehandedly obliterating the stash of Celebrations.
I’m a serious sucker for a fresh start, and the second I got home to my flat on the 29th December, I was stripping down those fairy lights, emptying out cupboards and getting rid of that extra stuff that was weighing me down and, frankly, irritating me.
I am also, however, a bit of a sucker for a January Sale.
I don’t know if other people are the same, but personally, I am very future-orientated, almost to a fault. (probably to a fault) I plan things as much as possible – from big life plans to exactly what each room (all two of them, lol!) in my flat will look like. Of course, I don’t have a lot of disposable income, so I create lists of pieces I want to add to my flat to suit the great plans in my head, and then I save up my pennies to purchase them one at a time.
...And nothing gets me itching to “tick off” those lists like a brand-new year, a freshly tidied flat and a little bit of Christmas money to spend.
So I gave in to a few of my hopeful Pinterest pining and gave the décor in the flat a bit of a refresh, making use of the January sales. I have been dreaming of big, squishy, square pillows on my bed for practically my whole life. There’s something so “I have my life together” about a big, squishy marshmallow bed with chic, contrasting square pillows that has always appealed. So when I noticed that La Redoute made bedding sets that came with a choice of standard rectangular pillowcase or big square cases, I decided that now was the time that I would be one of those women that had big, squishy marshmallow pillows that made people assume I had my life together.
That bed is about the only thing in my life that is together – by the way
Next I hit up H&M after having my eye on this fluffy and fabulous colour block throw, because of course I have nowhere near enough throws in my tiny, 2 room flat, and this not-in-the-sales laundry basket slipped and fell into my basket too. Funnily enough, when we first moved in I went on the hunt for a pretty laundry basket because I had decided that now I had my life together (are you sensing a theme here) I wasn’t going to store my dirty clothes in a bag for life hanging from the door handle.
I found this one on H&M and had my heart set on it (almost as chic as those insanely expensive ones all over Pinterest, but for about £170 cheaper than they are) and then when I went to buy it, it had vanished from the site – gutted. I bought an alternative instead but when I clapped eyes upon it this week, I had to make it mine. Luckily the alternative is really just a “storage basket” so it’s making itself useful somewhere else in the flat.
Finally, one of my close and super creative cousins made me some of my very own macramé plant hangers for Christmas this year, so I immediately set to work finding some plants to go in them (and some command hooks strong enough to hold them up!) and now they’re chilling here looking fancy and matchy-matchy with my leafy sofa cushions.
It’s funny how much a few little décor tweaks can make your space feel new again, and put you in a “fresh start” mood.