New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home
Most New Year’s resolutions are personal goals regarding one’s health, well-being, career or relationships. Popular resolutions including losing weight, quitting smoking, finding a romantic partner and taking up a new hobby. These are all well and good if you stick to them, but if you’re a homeowner you might have some other goals in mind.
Make some New Year’s resolutions for your home to find comfort and peace all year long!
Go green to save big
Make 2019 the year you make your home more energy-efficient. This could mean getting new insulation, windows, HVAC systems and appliances. Energy efficiency often means big savings on your utility bills with the added bonus of reducing your carbon footprint.
Consider getting a professional assessment to highlight the problem areas in your home and areas with room for improvement. Based on your budget, you can make the appropriate changes to do your part to help the planet!
Declutter, declutter, declutter
You probably say this every year, but this year has to be the year you thoroughly declutter your home. Be ruthless. Make piles of things you want to keep, donate or recycle/throw away. Be very strict about what goes in the “keep” pile. It’s okay to be sentimental about some things, but try your best to detach yourself from objects.
You’ll feel lighter and freer once you’ve decluttered your life.
Whether you have a young family or are aging into your retirement years, you can probably stand to assess the overall safety of your home. Do you need to install railings? Are there tripping hazards that need to be removed?
You also need to look at what’s inside the walls. Is your electrical system up to code? How about your pipes? This is especially important for owners of older homes who might not be aware of what’s in their home. Same goes for those with asbestos and other building materials deemed unsafe by today’s standards.
Organize and tidy — room by room
In addition to decluttering, you need to organize each room better. This doesn’t mean getting rid of stuff, just storing and displaying it better. Do this room by room — organizing closets, dressers, medicine cabinets, shelves, drawers, cupboards and more. It might seem like a big task, but when you go room by room it feels more manageable.
Schedule regular cleaning
If you know that cleaning is something you need to get better at, try working it into your yearly, monthly, weekly and daily schedules. Some things in your home, like the chimney, need to be cleaned only once a year, while stuff like dishes need to be cleaned daily. Unless you live alone, the schedule can be for everyone in your household. Commit to cleaning regularly together!
Roll out the welcome mat
If you wish you could entertain guests but say that you don’t have the space, or that your space just isn’t ideal for guests, make 2019 the year you become the hostess with the mostess.
First off, get a guest bedroom put together with an empty chest of drawers, a chair and new linens and towels. If you don’t have an extra bedroom, get a pull-out couch, futon or air mattress, and a room divider for privacy so that you can offer out-of-town guests a comfortable experience without having to send them to a hotel.
Create a household budget
Lastly, either create or update your household budget. Take into account changes to your financial situation, such as raises and utility costs going up or down.
If you want to do some renovations, find room in your budget, or make the necessary adjustments to make them happen! Plan your projects for the year and make sure you have a reserve fund for those surprise costs that come up.
There you have it! Start making your own list. By this time next year you will be so organized you won’t even need to make any for 2020!