New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

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.

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  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

Written by Dana Gorski, Social Media and Content Coordinator

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Whether your New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, spend more quality time with your family or stop smoking, it can be hard to keep! I once heard a comedian joke about how gyms are the most crowded right after New Year’s Day and then attendance shrinks as time goes on, clearly referring to how people deter from their New Year’s resolutions. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 8% of people who make New Year’s resolutions actually achieve their resolution, 49% of people have infrequent success and 24% of people fail on their resolution each year. You can be a part of that 8%! Stick to your New Year’s resolution with these tips:

Plan Ahead. If you’re trying to work out more, pack your work out bag before work every day so you can swing by the gym on your way home or during your lunch break. Looking to spend more time with your family? Schedule a time on your calendar.

Support from a Friend. Have a friend hold you accountable. If you let a friend know what you are trying to do, they can help keep you on track by checking in on you.

Take One Step at a Time. You’re not going to reach your goal overnight! Take your time and gradually work towards achieving your goal.

Avoid Tempting Situations When Possible. Avoiding situations that will tempt you to break your New Year’s resolution is not always plausible, but can be beneficial if it can be done. For example, if you are trying to eat less sweets, do not grab coffee with a friend at a donut shop!

Write down your Progress. By tracking your progress, you can see how much you’ve improved. Seeing this will help keep you motivated. You can also see where you’ve been lacking which will help you make beneficial changes.

Don’t Be Discouraged: You may run into a bump or two along the way. That doesn’t mean you should give up! See what you can learn from these bumps in the road and continue to move forward.

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