New Year's Resolutions For Your Home
8 Tips to Make Your Home Ready for the New Year
It's that time of year again where everyone starts making grand New Year's resolutions that they can't really keep. A great place to start making a positive change is in your home. When it comes to New Year's resolutions for your home there are a few goals you can set for yourself that will have a big impact. The ultimate goal is to make your home a place you actually want to be - a place that makes you feel safe, comfortable, and happy. It's easy to become overwhelmed with home improvement tasks, so we've narrowed the list down to top ways to improve your home in the New Year.
1. Save Energy
Curb home water use and save energy: The state's new water restrictions have forced homeowners to cut back on water use. However, there are other reasons to implement energy saving tactics in your home. Not only will you reduce your carbon footprint, but you will also save big time on your monthly bills.
This one is most likely on everyone's daily, weekly, and monthly to-do list, yet it can be one of the most difficult tasks to tackle. To ease the overwhelming thoughts, break it down into simple tasks. For example, start by getting rid of unnecessary clothes. Need extra motivation to get rid of clothes, books, toys, and home items? Think of all the people in need that can't afford the basics. There are many local charities that happily accept donations.
3. Organize Paperwork
Implement a filing system for receipts, tax documents, and bills. This will save yourself much time and stress in the future. Remember to keep extra-important documents in a fire safe box.
4. Organize Photos
This one is actually a fun task. Turn the process into a family affair and have a scrapbook making party.
5. Make Your Home Guest Ready
The last thing you want to do when a guest arrives is scrambling to make the experience comfortable for them. If your guest room also functions as another room, simply have a clean set of sheets and towels ready. Stock the bathroom with travel utilities and organize the room so that it is easy to prepare for a guest.
6. Purify Indoor Air
This is also a new year's resolution for your health. Install a carbon monoxide detector, test for radon, use low-VOC paints, and hire a professional to get rid of asbestos ridden materials. Dusting, vacuuming, home air filters, and even certain plants are easy ways to make a big difference.
You can go as small or as big as you want with this one. Adding cozy throws to couches and painting an old piece of wooden furniture are inexpensive ways to turn around the look of a room. Or simply re-paint.
8. Beautify Your Yard
In addition to focusing on the visual aspects of your yard, keep in mind ways to limit the future amount of work. For example, groundcover, plants, and flowers are a clever way to disguise weeds.