When it comes to decluttering, and improving the energy flow in your living space, Chinese New Year is the ideal time for cleaning out and refreshing the look of your home. Here are 10 things you can do to start the year on the right note.

1. Clean under your mattress

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The space under your bed, as well as the gap between the headboard and the mattress, are areas that many homeowners tend to overlook when spring cleaning. However, it’s important to ensure that they are regularly cleaned as it’s easy for stagnant energy to be trapped in these tight spots. You’d also be surprised at the amount of dirt, lint and dust collected over the course of a year. Take this opportunity to get new bedsheets too; here are 5 things to know when choosing bed linen.

2. Surround yourself with your lucky colours

Colours can affect your mood so it’s essential to surround yourself with hues that can boost your spirits on a daily basis. At the same time, giving your living room a new paint job is the fastest way to change up the look of your home. Find out what are your lucky colours of the year here.

3. Top up your rice bin

Rice is an important staple in many households and a symbol of wealth in the Chinese culture. Remember to clean out your rice bin and top it up with a new bag of rice for auspiciousness in the coming year. Also, find out how to store food properly in your pantry.

4. Rebalancing your finances

CNY is a great time to go through your finances to ensure that your bank accounts are in the pink of health. Other than repaying bills you may have overlooked, it’s also essential to review your housing loan options. Aside from the potential savings you stand to gain, enjoying a lower interest rate also means freeing up additional funds for investment purposes. Find out more about UOB’s latest online exclusive for home loans. Receive a $500 TANGS Gift Card when you sign up online to refinance your home loan with UOB.

5. Remove your old CNY decorations

Do you still have images of last year’s zodiac animal up on the walls at home, or torn decorations from the previous CNY? It’s time to remove them and put up new ones — with the $500 Tangs gift card from UOB with every home loan signed online, it’s time to shop for new decor accessories for your home. More CNY decoration ideas here, including learning how to make your own kusudama ball.

6. Replace your door mat

Not sure how to begin your spring cleaning? A good way to start would be by replacing your old doormat. Aside from leaving a good impression on your guests, it also makes your home feel welcoming and warm. Here are some other ways you can jazz up the entrance of your home.

7. Clean out your fridge

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Don’t dampen the festive mood with stale or rotting food at home. Go through your groceries in the fridge and ensure that all expired products are thrown away. At the same time, you can also make room for storing all the ingredients you need for the sumptuous reunion dinner spread. No more space left in the fridge? Consider using a steamboat delivery service instead. Try these ones out.

8. Declutter your shoe cabinet

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Shoes protect our soles from the ground but they also pick up dirt and grime. Making room in your shoe cabinet also gives you the perfect excuse to go out and get new ones! Find out how you can store your shoes properly: http://www.homeanddecor.com.sg/blogs/shoe-storage-right-way

9. Check your pipes and drainage

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Stagnant water is a definite no-no in the home especially since it can breed pests such as mosquitoes. Remember to check your pipes to ensure that they are not clogged, and while you’re at it, put in some elbow grease and give your bathroom a good scrub. There’s nothing more invigorating than seeing a freshly cleaned bathroom with gleaming tiles and pristine white grout. Find out how to clean your bathroom in 15 minutes.

10. Brighten up the corners of your home

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Negative energy collects in dark corners, so make it a point to sweep the corners in the bedroom and living areas. In addition, you can also direct positive energy to flow into your surroundings by placing signs of life, such as new plants and lights, to corners of the home. Here are some tips to consider when choosing plants.

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