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10 Ways to Give Your Home a New Year's Detox
When the tree has come down and the paper hats have been cleared away, it's time to start thinking about a fresh year and a break in hibernation. Forget green juices and a strict healthy diet, one of the best ways to set your intentions and get yourself ready for a new year is to detox your home and start 2020 as you mean to go on.
While taking down the decorations can mark the end of a joyful season, there's something about a new year that wipes the slate clean and evokes a sense of normality and hope for what possibilities the next 12 months will bring. Now is the time to rearrange the furniture, add a fresh lick of paint or finally update those furnishings and at Westfield London's Home Quarter you can do all of that and more.
Not sure where to start? Put the kettle on and get cosy because your interior detox starts here.
1. GET SOME FRESH AIR
There's nothing like throwing open the windows and getting some fresh air into your home to blow off the cobwebs and get rid of that cooking smell. But if your urban location challenges your CO2 quality, investing in an air purifier will do the trick – just close your eyes and imagine rolling fields or crisp mountain air.
Dyson HP04 Pure Hot + Cool Fan Heater Air Purifier, £549.00 John Lewis & Partners
2. GET SERIOUS WITH STORAGE
With a fresh batch of gifts to find homes for, de-clutter and stow away new wares with a stylish storage solution. Chic baskets are going nowhere this season and can be a modern addition to a room as well as providing a place to hide chargers, blankets and books.
Storage Baskets, from £17.99 H&M Home
Witney Bookcase, £630 Raft
Richmond Cotton Ottoman, £700 The White Company
3. ALL IS CALM
Coming out of hibernation is never easy, so ease yourself into the new year with some soft and pleasing hues on the eye. Spring may be a way off as yet but that doesn't mean you can't start slowly introducing some pastel accents and a fresh colourway to replace those cosy winter textures.
Merino & Cashmere Herringbone Throw, £111 Heal's
Sunrise Hillside Rug, from £499 West Elm
Enchanted 4 Seater Sofa, £699 DFS
4. PUT EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE
A tidy room equals a tidy mind so start 2020 right by getting organised. A new year brings a whole host of goals and challenges so make sure you're prepared for anything by filing away old invoices, bills and receipts and put everything back in its place.
Tribe Hanger, from £1660 Natuzzi
Garner Drawers, £20 Habitat
Slimline Universal Hangers Set of 6, £18 The White Company
5. LIGHT IT UP
Infamous for its depressing qualities, January can be a bleak month for many of us as the buzz of Christmas falls by the wayside. Keep spirits up and brighten dark days with cosy lamps or ceiling fixtures that really make a statement and spark some much-needed joy.
Modern Totem Table Lamp, £169 West Elm
Cinders Light, £144 Habitat
6. GET FRESH
Days of relaxing and weeks of eating can do wonders for the soul but it's time to get rid of festering odours and start a fresh. Swap festive scents and warming undertones for lighter ingredients such as rose, ylang ylang and zesty fruits to energise your body and mind.
Seychelles Diffuser, £27 The White Company
7. SLEEP TIGHT
Nothing beats climbing into a clean bed and hunkering down for a good night's sleep. With the frivolities over and flu season in full swing, peaceful slumber has never been so important for our health. Go into the new year feeling rested and overhaul your sleep hygiene with a new bed, a mattress tailored for your sleep patterns or just a fresh set of bedding to upgrade up your bedroom style.
Tempur® Cloud Supreme (King Size), £1749 Tempur
McQueen Kingsize Bed, £3129 Heal's
Hotel White and Platinum Cotton Sateen Oxford Pillow Case, £30 Debenhams
8. FILTER IT OUT
From salty foods to too much Prosecco, it's easy to feel dehydrated over the festive period with many of us forgetting to top up our water intake during the commotion. Detox yourself and your home by introducing a stylish water filter that not only looks sophisticated in your kitchen but can also reduce your metal intake.
Soma 10 Cup Water Filter Pitcher with Oak Handle, £49 John Lewis & Partners
9. CLEAN UP
While it may be a little early for a spring clean, giving your home and furniture a little spruce will make all the difference as we see out the last of the winter months. Throw cushion covers, blankets and bedding in the wash, shampoo that down-trodden rug and give sofas a little spritz to mask any lingering smells and stains.
Care Fabric Cleaner, £31 BoConcept
10. PLASTICS BE GONE
Helping our planet is going to be a big focus as we enter 2020 and we could all invest a little more in sustainability. Make a big difference with small steps such as recycling all of that Christmas wrapping paper and plastic packaging and doing a little more research into new purchases. Many of the brands within Westfield London's Home Quarter are adopting more planet-friendly practises such as H&M's Conscious collection, meaning you can update your décor whilst doing your bit.
simplehuman Rectangular Fingerprint Proof Recycling Bin, £179 John Lewis & Partners
H&M Conscious Bench with Rattan Seat, £119 H&M Home