The start of a new year is the perfect time to make some changes for the better, whether in your personal life, your professional life, or a little bit of both. Instead of limiting your New Year’s resolutions to yourself this year, why not make a few for your home as well? By tackling some of those much-needed renovation and repair projects around the house, you and your home can both be as healthy and happy as possible in 2016.
- Out with the old and in with the new
Tired of wrestling with your old lawnmower or temperamental stove? Stop. Make this year the year you finally replace those headache-inducing appliances with something new, energy-efficient and easy to use. If you’re tight on cash, consider looking at gently used appliances to help you upgrade without sky-high prices.
- Say goodbye to clutter
Even if you keep your home clean and organized, there’s probably more clutter underfoot than you realize. Take a long weekend and tackle one room after another, getting rid of everything you don’t need. Donate what’s still usable and dump the rest. Even though you probably had a reason to save those bank statements from 1992, it’s now time to say goodbye. Don’t forget to shred documents with any personal information.
- Make sure you’re safe and sound
Your home may look great, but is it as safe as it could be? Even if you’ve never had any issues before, there’s no such thing as being too careful. Resolve to make your home safer this year, whether that means upgrading your security systems or simply double-checking smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries more often.
- Reduce, reuse, recycle
It’s a good motto to live by, especially when it comes to your home. Reducing your energy usage can be a great way to cut back on monthly expenses and live a greener lifestyle. By taking simple steps like turning off lights before leaving home, setting appliances to economy or energy saver mode and improving your home’s insulation, you can reduce your bills and do your part towards helping the environment.
- Take a second look
When was the last time someone took a look at your HVAC system? If you aren’t sure, it might be time to call in an expert to perform a routine inspection. Be regularly servicing your appliances, you can have a better idea of your home’s needs, saving money on repair costs and taking care of maintenance problems before it’s too late.
- Exercise your green thumb
Plants can do wonders for the look and feel of a home, both inside and out. If you have property outside, make this the year you tend to the garden, planting a mix of beautiful flowers and useful herbs and vegetables to create an attractive and functional space in your yard. No room outdoors? Consider a window herb planter instead.
- Improve organization
You’ve cleared out your clutter, but what about those essentials you can’t part with? Improving your organizational system can go a long way in keeping your home neat and organized. Rather than keeping piles of paper sitting around or purchasing unattractive filing cabinets, consider investing in cube shelving units with wicker baskets to keep files in one place without sacrificing decor.
- Stock up on the essentials
Are you ready for a natural disaster? Things like tornadoes, power outages, hurricanes, and snow storms aren’t common, but getting caught unaware can be devastating when danger strikes. Stock up on basics like flashlights, batteries and bottles of water to ensure you’re ready, just in case.
- Do it yourself
Have you been putting off those big renovation projects because there’s no room in the budget? Instead of hiring an expensive contractor, take care of those little projects yourself. Many websites have tutorials that can help you take care of things like installing tile, replacing carpet and repainting, letting you spruce up your home for a fraction of the cost.
- Keep it clean
Finding the time to clean can be a real challenge, especially when you work during the day and take care of your family at night. Rather than letting things get out of hand, establish a cleaning schedule early, with different chores assigned on different days. Once you get into the rhythm of handling responsibilities on a daily basis, it’ll be much easier to work household tasks into your schedule.
A new year isn’t just a chance to improve yourself; it’s a chance to improve your home, too. By making these 10 New Year’s resolutions, you can make sure this will be your house’s best year yet.