5 Home Improvement Resolutions to Make for the New Year
It’s 2018 and we’re collectively entering into a brand new space — a clean slate, if you will. It’s the perfect opportunity for setting new intentions for the 365 days in front of us. Traditionally, these New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on self-improvement practices such as reading more books, losing weight or being more patient.
However, where we live and improving the environment around us doesn’t seem to feature as much as it should in New Year’s goals. For the majority of us, our homes are part of our self-definition and have a significant impact on our quality of life. Therefore, part of our New Year’s intentions should be dedicated to our homes, right?
Home improvements are not only beneficial for your mental, physical and spiritual well-being, but they also can improve your home’s value. Let’s take a look at five of our top home improvement resolutions for the new year and how you can achieve them.
1. Declutter Your Life
There’s a reason Marie Kondo achieved international recognition for her book on de-cluttering — the KonMari Method promises to achieve an organized and simplified home on a supreme level. Streamlining your home is one of the best and most inexpensive ways to feel better about life.
Every year we acquire huge amounts of unnecessary items, which make homes look outdated and dirty. It also clutters your mind and fogs up lines of intentions in other areas of your life. Therefore, why not go room by room and get rid of, sell, or donate everything that doesn’t bring you joy anymore?
Counters should be cleared daily and useful items should be stored properly. Everything you see should be there purposely because it brings you joy.
2. Are You Safe?
Your home may be presentable, but is it safe? The new year is the perfect time to ensure your house complies with the bare minimum safety checks that could potentially save your life over the coming months.
Radon gas needs to be monitored. Radon has no color or smell and causes about 21,000 lung cancer fatalities annually. At least one house in every 15 has higher levels of radon gas, which is why it’s important to invest in a testing kit and equip yourself with life-preserving knowledge. Another deadly gas is carbon monoxide, so you should make sure every floor in your house has a carbon monoxide detector.
If you are going for a full refurbishment and your home dates to 1978 and prior, you should invest in testing procedures for lead paint and asbestos flooring. Also, ensure that your house can breathe properly with adequate venting in bathrooms and attics. Homes can be toxic, so make sure you are aware of what’s going on inside your four walls.
3. Think Green
You don’t need to go immediately for the Tesla or solar panels. Keeping green or getting green starts with cutting energy usage in your home:
- Switch off lights when leaving a room
- Turn off air conditioners when leaving the house
- Dial down heaters at night
- Insulate entry points, like the garage door, for a 10 degrees difference
- Invest in low-energy fluorescent light bulbs and slow-flow shower adapters
- Dry your clothes naturally
- Go for rain-storage facilities to water your garden
4. Keep It Clean
Cleaning your house regularly according to a schedule not only takes away the dread of procrastination and feeling like your house is constantly dirty, but it also keeps your house beautiful and healthy.
Daily, you should aim to keep counters clean and put dishes in the dishwasher. Dirty clothes should go in baskets and everything else should be in its rightful place. A deeper clean should be done on a weekly basis.
5. Are You Guest-Ready?
Your home improvement resolutions can also aid your self-improvement resolutions, such as spending more time with friends and family. Therefore, ensuring your home is ready for some top-notch entertaining should be a priority.
Kitchen remodeling and lounge room refurbishments don’t have to put you into debt. In fact, a simple addition of more plants can give a polished and fresher feel to any room. Moreover, adding some color to a statement wall can modernize most entertaining areas. You can complement the color with matching decorative pillows, rugs or curtains.
Finally, rearranging your room to encourage conservation and interaction is a great idea to boost entertainment potential.
Home improvements are far more necessary than you may think. Add the above to your New Year’s resolutions and look forward to a very different 2018, indeed!