January Home Refresh Ideas

January home refresh ideas to help you breathe new life into your home for the new year!

January Home Refresh Ideas

After a busy fall and holiday season, is your home in need of some attention?

One of my favorite homemaking tasks is bringing order and beauty into our home. And what better time to refresh your home than right at the start of a new year!

January Home Refresh Ideas

Here are a few ideas for freshening up your space in January.

1. Declutter Your Space

One of the best ways to bring order and beauty to your home is to simply get rid of the clutter!

I love how just the simple act of decluttering can bring a whole new look to your home. And best of all, it’s free!

As a large family living in a small house, I try really hard to keep things simple and clutter-free in our home, but it can be such a challenge.

Outgrown clothes, toys, and books can easily take over if we’re not careful. And what about all the papers! Paper is can quickly multiply in a home unless you’re very proactive about dealing with it.

If you need some encouragement and accountability for working on decluttering, join our 31-Day Home Decluttering Challenge! You can start now!

Read the post with all the details here, and don’t forget to download your free printables below:

Decluttering Challenge Printables

hot cocoa in a mug with sweaters

If you’re feeling like decluttering is an overwhelming task, here are some tips for decluttering when you’re overwhelmed. 

Even though decluttering can be overwhelming, I find that it really brings peace and order to our home.

The end result will definitely be worth it, and the beginning of a new year is a great time to start!

2. Rearrange the Furniture

This is a trick I use often in our small home. When you can’t afford to redecorate, just rearranging the furniture can give you a different look and make everything feel fresh again.

A few months ago, I rearranged our living room so that we had more of a conversational area.

I love the new look, and it was a simple change to make (simple for me, because I didn’t have to move the piano—my husband and teens did that for me!).

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january home refresh ideas

3. Change Out the Pillow Covers

If you’re wanting a different look after removing the Christmas décor, a simple detail that can make a huge statement is to change out your pillow covers.

I recently made some new ticking stripe pillow covers, and I love the fresh farmhouse look they bring to the room.

farmhouse throw pillows

Pillow covers are easy to make yourself, but they’re also inexpensive if you’d rather just buy them.

Here are a few I found on Amazon for buffalo check pillow covers and cable knit pillow covers.

4. Add Some Cozy Textures

Even though the holidays are over and the holiday décor is put away, we still want our homes to look inviting.

One of the best ways I know to do that in the winter is to add in all the cozy textures, like knit throw blankets and cable knit pillows.

january home refresh

These cozy textures create warmth and a feeling of welcome.

Bonus Tip

In addition to the above January home refresh ideas, I also love to add some delicious scent in the form of candles or essential oils for a cozy atmosphere.

Here are some winter essential oil diffuser blends you can try if you prefer those over candles.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  1. I really love your ideas because most are pretty simple.
    I did visit a couple of your Amazon links, and really like the cable pillow covers. They’d mix well with about any style.

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  2. Great tips – I change out my pillow covers too! Thanks for linking up to Best of the Month…Your post was one of my features! I will also be pinning and sharing on Instagram stories. Thanks for joining us and enjoy your weekend!

  3. Hey Joy!

    Thank you for sharing these wonderful tips with us on the Homestead Blog Hop.

    One way I love to refresh my home (all year round, really) is to utilize your number 2, “rearranging the furniture”.

    We live in a small home, and I get bored with my decor really fast, so I’m always changing out the pillows, moving this over here, and that over there. Just for a nice, frugal refresh! 🙂


    1. Oh, rearranging is my favorite! Our home is small, too, and changing things up keeps things interesting! Thanks for stopping by, Cherelle!

  4. Hi Joy,

    Thanks for your post – it always feels a bit strange for a while once the Christmas decorations come down – I know I certainly feel the need for a home refresh! There are some great thrifty ideas here. I found you via the Inspire Me Monday Linky, but I’ll definitely be back for more! x.

  5. I love your ideas for refreshing a home, sometimes it is taking something from one room to another. Thank you for sharing on Oh My Heartsie Girls Wonderful Wednesday. I hope to have you join us again this week!
    Happy New Year!

  6. We just spent most of our day decluttering; I like to start in one room and work my way through the whole house after Christmas.

  7. These are some great suggestions! I have just been looking around at the neglect due to all my extra energy and time going to Christmas preparations and a house full of sick kids! I keep telling myself as soon as Christmas is over I’ll tackle it!! Although I won’t be rearranging my furniture, I’m one of those types that hyperventilates if my husband so much as suggests moving an end table hahaha! I think decluttering is top priority for sure!

  8. What a GORGEOUS cover of Little Women!
    Love your tips – Decluttering is high on my list this year (think I’ll need more than Jan to get it done!)
    Have a great week and thanks for joining us at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! 🙂

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