16 Things To Do For Your Home Before 2016

Lovely little things you can do for your home to prep it for the New Year

Updated on June 13, 2017 8:06 am

Samantha Echavez

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Our home is a work in progress—even after numerous makeovers and major renovations, there are still many things we want to do to keep it vibrant and ever pleasant. What better time to kick-start home projects than now, a few weeks before 2016, two months before Chinese New Year? Because little things make a world of difference, we encourage you to follow these 16 must-dos that can make you feel quite pleased with your home and ready to face the New Year happy and head on.

1. Kick off the New Year with a lovely and cool 2016 wall calendar.
Our suggestions:

2016 Moon Calendar Poster, $24.39, Etsy


Singapore Botanic Gardens Calendar, $20, Gardens Shop

Whimsical Calendar, $17.22, Etsy

2. Wanting to renovate? Plan it as early as now. Set the budget, and learn the rudiments of renovation planning. Sit down with your partner and ask yourselves the following questions: Will you engage a contractor or do everything yourself? Will you go for an interior designer, contractor, or a design-and-build firm? What kind of renovation you're eyeing? How will you go about it?

3. Rethink your colour scheme. This doesn't mean changing the paint of your walls altogether—though, of course, you are free to do that—but introduce colours that are complementary and make you feel good. Soft and cool colours like this year's Pantone Colour of the Year—Rose Quartz and Serenity are perfect for the bedroom, and warm tones like orange and yellow suit the living room because they encourage connection and evoke warmth.


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4. Toss items that you no longer need in your home. Free up your fridge from months-old food you haven't discarded yet, get rid of broken things like busted headphones and dead batteries, and ditch your ratty old towels, old bath mats, and chipped mugs.

5. Simplify. Donate stuff that no longer give you "joy". Remember the Marie Kondo school of decluttering? If an item no longer makes you happy, get rid of it. However, don't just dump it in the bin; look for organisations like The Salvation Army and church thrift shops where you can donate your old possessions.

6. Plan your year-end parties. Be the wondrous host and have the holiday get-togethers for your family and friends at your home. You can throw a dinner party, stage a fancy brunch, or hold an outdoor party. Take a quick trip to the departmental stores for your party dinnerware or visit Cromly Shop for suggestions. Get fresh flowers. Make a party playlist, craft souvenirs, put a smile on your guests' faces.

7. Tackle small home improvement projects and repairs.
Look around the home and make an inventory of the repairs and house errands you have to do like changing light bulbs, deep cleaning your microwave or rice cooker, organising your pantry, cleaning your service yard, dusting the blinds, cleaning the ceiling fan, and flipping the mattress.

8. Invest in a big-ticket furniture. Give yourself a budget, say $3,000, and buy one quality furniture that will change the look and feel of your living space. Think of it as your reward for having survived and thrived this year 2015.


Ola Sofa, Cellini


Sofa, Hommage Lifestyle


Hemma Dining Set, $687 (U.P. $933), Cromly Shop

9. Go green. Make your home eco-sustainable: Replace all incandescent lights with energy-saving LED and CFL bulbs, replace your shower head with a low-flowing one, use non-toxic home cleaners, restrict the amount of paper you use at home.

10. Set a DIY table. Get into the DIY habit and turn your study desk into your craft workstation where you can make your own DIY greeting cards, sew fabrics, and make cute crafty projects for the home, like ampersand art and gift jars.


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11. Renting? Update your landlord on any issues. Inform him or her on furniture or fixtures that need to be repaired or replaced. Welcome the New Year in a place that's good as new.

12. Organise your paperwork. Get the right file folders and boxes before you start arranging your files. Declutter one area at a time—living room first, bedroom second, study area third, and so on and so forth—so you don't get overwhelmed. Discard old tickets, phone bills, brochures, and catalogues; place them in a paper bag and take them to the recycle bin.

13. Deep clean your home. If the idea of thoroughly cleaning your home sounds daunting, don't hesitate to employ professional cleaning services. Spring cleaning packages for the kitchen and bathroom start at $150 to $200, and packages for the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathrooms start at $300. Hourly rates start at $15 to $20 per hour.

14. Make your home garden-ready. More and more homeowners have adopted the practices of vertical gardening and HDB herb gardening, because of their environment, health, and lifestyle benefits. Follow suit. Use some of the remaining days of the year to gather gardening kits and educate yourself on the importance of bringing the garden inside your home.


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15. Fill your home with creature comforts. Banish office-related stress by coming home to a place filled with things that ensure your maximum comfort and relaxation: soft and cosy bed sheets, aromatherapy oils, comfy reading nook, and soothing scented candles.

16. Personalise your home.
Give your home the opportunity to express your personality, collections, quirks, and wants. Display your passions, whether they are cartoon characters or love for travel or music. Even if you're renting, you can still make the space quintessentially "you" through small details like artworks or vintage curios.


What are the other home projects you hope to accomplish before the New Year? Let us know by emailing us at hello@cromly.com.

Cover photo courtesy of Design Sponge

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