It’s that time of year when everyone decides what their New Year’s resolutions will be, and these goals often involve health and self-care: weight loss, quitting smoking, traveling, etc. While you’re dreaming up those big changes you’d like to make for yourself, you may want to consider some New Year’s resolutions for your home and give your living space a little TLC.
While home projects can be time-consuming, some goals–such as a cleaner house or routine maintenance–can be scheduled throughout the week/month/year to help you succeed. A house that is organized and running properly can bring significant joy to your life if you can make the effort to keep it that way!
Here are 6 potential New Year’s resolutions you can use to improve your home and living space.
Help your home “shed some pounds” by decluttering
Take some time to declutter your space and give your home a brand new look! Start with the most cluttered area of your home and go room-to-room, or use the KonMari Method to identify items categorically.
Give every item a home: a place where it can live and you can find it when you need it (but that won’t clutter up your space!). You may also want to consider making the most of your floor plan and moving some furniture around. Doing so can provide a fresh perspective for your home and better optimize your space.
It’s always great to donate anything you’re looking to get rid of that is in gently used condition. Here are some organizations that probably take donations in your area:
Give your home a “whole body cleanse” and deep clean every room
While “Spring Cleaning” is the most beneficial time to clean the outside of your home, you may want to get a head start this year and deep clean the most used areas or features of your house. Go room-to-room and start with the highest traffic areas, no need to try and do it all at once!
You can always get started with these cleaning activities:
- Deep clean carpets and floors
- Dust all surfaces
- Wipe down ceilings and fans
- Clean windows to let in more light
Here are some other deep cleaning tasks you may want to consider if you have time:
- Clean out your junk drawer
- Scrub the tile grout in your kitchen or bathroom
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils
- Change your furnace filter
- Clean all ducts and vents, including behind your dryer to prevent fires (you might need a professional for these)
After your home is squeaky clean, consider banning shoes in your living spaces to avoid lackluster floors and bacteria/dirt all over the surfaces your family uses most.
Help your appliances “get fit” and keep them in working order for longer
Your appliances just finished the rigorous holiday season and could use a break: give them a nice tune-up to ensure they’ll be around for the next batch of cooking, heating, and cooling! Consult your owner manuals and do some online research to find the best ways to maintain your particular appliances.
Don’t forget to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change old batteries!
After you’ve checked your appliances, take a moment to inspect for leaks. Retighten washers on dripping faucets or recaulk surfaces in your bathroom where old caulk may have cracked.
Taking the time for routine maintenance and small repairs now can help you avoid larger repairs and bills later!
Develop better “healthy habits”: save energy and money
It’s never too late to start saving energy! Whether you’re looking to help the environment or save a few dollars, these habits can help you on your way. Something as simple as switching old light bulbs to LED ones can save almost $100 per year (and they can last more than 10 YEARS!)
Here are some suggested actions to save energy or money (or both!):
- Turn off all lights when leaving a room
- Turn down your thermostat during the day
- Ensure there is a tight seal on all windows and doors
- Seal/insulate ductwork to increase efficiency
- If you’re planning any home repairs, buy maintenance-free materials: fiber-cement siding, laminate flooring, etc.
“De-Stress” by getting your household finances in order
Having a solid yearly budget can really lift a weight off your chest, so start the new year with a financial plan to accommodate bills, mortgage, travel, etc. You may be able to put a little more money away this year if you’re diligent!
If possible, try paying down your mortgage principal to reduce your monthly interest as well as the remaining interest on the lifetime of the loan.
Consider shopping around for new home insurance rates if your policy is almost up. Other providers may have obscure discounts for which you qualify, or maybe you’re in need of a reassessment. Whatever the case, it never hurts to see what’s out there!
Get mentally organized and make it last
Schedule, schedule, schedule! Make 2020 the year of planning and give yourself a break from the exhaustive effort of figuring out how to fit all of the cleaning and maintenance of home ownership into your monthly calendar.
Come up with a cleaning schedule to ensure your home always looks open and bright. That way, even if you miss a day or week, you won’t be so behind that you don’t know where to start.
Plan for monthly maintenance so there’s no wondering what needs to be done during which season. Create a maintenance calendar complete with monthly tasks so you have time for other fun projects throughout the year.
Hopefully, you’ve found these New Year’s resolutions for your home helpful, and may 2020 bring you peace and prosperity! Are you looking to buy or sell a home this year? Contact me today for information on how to prepare your home for sale or where to find houses that may suit your needs.