Here are our 7 New Year’s resolutions for your home:
Clear Out Clutter
We all have hidden secrets... a junk drawer full of unread mail, closets ready to explode when opened or even just cluttered countertops? During the New Year it’s time to get serious about beating the clutter. Invest in organizers so everything has a home and spend time unpacking closets and drawers using the pile system:
- One pile to keep
- One to give away
- One to throw away
As you clean up from the holidays and enter into the New Year, write out a plan to keep your home clean. Consider daily plans with a few small tasks for each day or plans requiring a once a week home sweep. Perform small tasks nightly such as: sorting mail, putting countertop clutter away and wiping down counters. When you go to bed with your house in order, you wake up more joyfully.
There are always things around the house we know we need to do but constantly put off. This year, resolve to follow through on getting these small, undesirable jobs completed. This includes, but is not limited to, cleaning your shower head, cleaning out your dryer vent and recaulking the bathtubs.
There are several small changes you can make to help keep your energy costs down. To get started, install a door seal to keep the draft from blowing under your entry door(s), install a programmable thermostat so you won’t be heating or cooling and empty home and switch to LED light bulbs. Get these projects knocked out early to see the most savings in 2016.
Invite Friends Over
We all intend to entertain, but so few of us do. Make a change this year and have friends over for a dinner party or cocktail hour. Entertaining provides motivation to clean up. Homes are at their best when filled with love, so fill yours up this year.
Did you start a kitchen renovation but never installed the baseboards? Maybe you hung drywall in your unfinished basement but didn’t make it any farther. It’s easy to get used to things they way they are, especially when life gets busy, but now is the time to get your projects finished and your home polished. Not only will you feel better with completed projects, but it will add value to your home.
Shred Old Papers
If you have boxes of old paperwork such as taxes or bank statements, start the New Year off by getting rid of the old. Here’s a list of what to shred and how long you need to keep them for. If you don’t own a shredder, look for a shredding day in your area and take your documents to them.
Have a wonderful 2016 full of fresh starts and recurring traditions!