New Year’s Resolutions Aren’t Just For You; Make One for Your Home Too
Resolve to Give Your Home Some Love in 2018
New Year’s resolutions are the perfect excuse for working on home improvement projects. Whether you’re trying to sell your home in the new year, or just need some motivation to finally put those DIY ideas into action, use this new beginning to your home’s advantage. The start of 2018 is the perfect time to make plans to turn your home into a more beautiful, organized, and welcoming environment.
Let this article serve as your guide to creating an even better home in 2018. From small organizational tips to larger-scale renovations and home improvements, we’re here to help you turn your house into your dream home today.
Greenify Your Home
There’s no time like the present to help your home become more environmentally friendly, and you can start by working to trim your energy use. Make sure your HVAC system is sealed tightly and that all of your ducts are well insulated. Not only will this help you to save money on heating and cooling your home, but you’ll also have a much more efficient system that will reduce your overall footprint.
If you’re looking to complete a bigger project in the new year, consider installing solar panels. During the cloudier, darker months of winter, you can do research on which places on your property would optimize for sunlight during warmer months. When summertime hits, install your panels and enjoy all the benefits of powering your home with solar energy.
Minimize Your Clutter
One of the best ways to feel productive and to improve the overall appeal of your home is to reduce the amount of stuff in your home. Go through all of your cabinets, closets, cupboards, and other catch-all spaces, looking for items that you haven’t used in 6 months. Donate old clothing and other useful items to charity.
Once you’ve cleared your home of things you don’t use, work on organizing the things that you do need. Invest in closet and drawer organizers so that necessary items are easy to find. When you invest time in organizing your home, you’re investing in peace of mind for the new year. Sparefoot has a great post on how to get (and stay) organized for the new year.
Keep Your Home Clean
During January, create a plan that will get your whole family involved and invested in keeping your home clean this year. Work on creating habits that will naturally make it easier to keep your house clean. For example, make sure all dirty dishes are in the dishwasher every night; if the dishwasher is full, run it so that you wake up to clean dishes. Likewise, put dirty clothes directly into the hamper and get into a regular laundry routine.
Get into the habit of doing a deep clean of every room at least once a week. Donate 15-20 minutes every evening to one room of your house. That way, you’ll never be overwhelmed by a filthy house that will take hours to clean. If you need more convincing about how good it feels to keep a clean home, check out this Vogue article.
Make Your Home Safer
Make it a priority this year to ensure that your house is safe, too. Get your home checked for radon using a home test kit that costs less than $20. Make sure that there is a working carbon monoxide detector (and a smoke detector) in every bedroom.
Consider investing in some security add-ons that will make your home less susceptible to neighborhood crime and break-ins. Check out our article on the five security essentials that every modern home needs.
Sit Back, Relax, and Enjoy the New Year
Decreasing clutter and investing time into your house will help it to feel more like a home in the coming year. With these new year’s resolutions for your home, you’ll feel energized and more productive, with more time to enjoy the benefits and comforts of your beautiful home.