Your home can be the key to successfully manifesting your New Year’s resolutions.

The beginning of the New Year is an excellent time to take inventory of your life.

It is an opportunity to reflect on where you have been and be clear about where you want to go. Often, we take this time to get in touch with our dreams and set new goals, yet following through with our intentions sometimes proves difficult. This year, turn to your home for the inspiration and support necessary to successfully fulfill your New Year’s resolutions.

Our homes are reflections of who we are, and who we are is always changing. Consequently, we need to support our ever-evolving selves by consistently changing our surroundings to mirror our highest idea of ourselves and empower us to actualize our current aspirations. Your home may be the vehicle through which you manifest your dreams!

Out with the old!

The adage “out with the old and in with new” applies. Make space for your new dreams by letting go of things that do not support your current goals. Changing on the inside is very difficult if everything we see on the outside is in conflict with our new intentions. For example, if you worked in a candy store, imagine how difficult it would be to give up sweets.

Many of us have had the experience of setting a goal, pursuing the goal for a short time, and then losing our desire to continue our pursuit. Perhaps we even went so far as to go to a spa to learn healthy eating habits or to attend a seminar that inspired us to make a career change. Frequently, upon returning home from the spa or finishing the seminar, we find it hard to continue the healthy eating habits or uphold the new career ideas we so easily embraced while we were away. One reason we find it difficult to maintain or implement a change is because our environments are holding the energy of our previous ideas and patterns. For example, after returning home from the spa, you find your pantry filled with unhealthy food, or perhaps the desk in your home office faces the kitchen, therefore, constantly tempting you to snack throughout the day. In this situation, you would want to re-adjust your surroundings to support your new goal by replacing the unhealthy food with fruit or placing a plant on your desk that obstructs your view of the kitchen.

Check to make sure your environment supports your new resolutions. Clear your space of things that do not represent your dreams or empower you to fulfill your goals.

Actually walk through your home and look at each object in every room and ask yourself the following questions:

1. Does this object reflect who I am now in my life?
2. Does it support my current goals?
3. Do I need it? (i.e. Is it useful?)
4. Do I love it?

You should be able to answer yes to at least one of the above questions for every item in your home. If your answer is no to all of the above questions, consider selling the object, giving it away, or throwing it away. You may also take this time to do some physical cleaning and make sure all items in your home are in good repair. This process provides an opportunity to leave behind anything that might have been less than excellent in the prior year and start fresh. As you let go, you are paving the way for an abundance of good to come into your life and are that much closer to manifesting your dreams.

In with the new!

Now that you have created a fresh space from which to start anew, it is time to fill up your space with all the good you can imagine. It may be beneficial to look at your life as a whole rather than focusing on a single resolution. Begin by writing down all the areas of your life you wish to focus on, such as your health, wealth, relationships, family, creativity, and career. Take some quiet time to envision a positive scenario for each area and then write down your goals and successful outcomes.

You may wish to write your goals in the form of an affirmation. Affirmations are most effective when written in the present tense. To affirm good health, you may write, “I am experiencing optimal health” or “I am easily and joyfully exercising three times a week.” This process taps into the idea that our thoughts create our reality. By writing down your intentions, you have already brought your thoughts into physical form and are on your way to fully realizing your goals.

The next step is to visually anchor your dreams in your environment. If you wish to have more abundance in your life, fill your home with objects, art, and colors that feel abundant to you. If you desire more love in your life, add symbols of romance, such as red roses or images of happy couples. You may wish to start small by creating a personal space in your home that lifts your energy each time you walk by. You could use the top of a dresser to place a candle, fresh flowers, and uplifting pictures or photographs that represent your goals. Next, find a beautiful box and place your written affirmations inside. Each time you walk by this space, you are reminded of your goals, and your energy gets a boost by viewing this pleasing scene. Ideally, every part of your home should support you in this way.

Celebrate with gratitude.

Act as if all you desire is already yours by celebrating with gratitude. Take pleasure in your new surroundings and the knowledge that your aspirations are manifesting right here and now. Invite friends over, treat yourself to fresh flowers, light candles, or listen to music.

Thank your home for the support it gives you and enjoy the fulfillment of your dreams.

Sisters Laura and Alison Forbes are authors, speakers, bloggers, consultants, and co-founders of the home and lifestyle company Inspired Everyday Living. They write and speak about personal development through the home and believe that our homes are connected to all aspects of our well-being and influence all parts of our lives. Therefore, when you change your home, you change your life. They are the authors of The Peaceful Nursery: Preparing a Home for Your Baby and have recently developed three iPhone apps: Easy Feng Shui, Feng Shui for Love, and, as a companion to their book, The Peaceful Nursery App. To learn more about Laura and Alison, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.