6 Resolutions for your Home in the New Year
Now that you've kissed another holiday season goodbye, it's time to turn your attention to your home and make it a priority. After all, you spend a lot of time here. It is never easy to put things back in order, so we're here to help! Here are 5 tips that are sure to add order and organization and simplify your life!
- Streamline & Remove Clutter - We all tend to accumulate more stuff especially after a gift giving season. Drawers seem fuller, closets, shelves and cabinets seem to overflow making your home look untidy, and in some cases, dirty. Dealing with clutter can be a full-time job and really should be done on a regular basis to avoid that huge undertaking we all dread. Take on a room at a time and ditch what no longer serves you or dates your décor. Use baskets to help you clean up, donate the clothes you no longer wear - always think leaner and cleaner!
- Safety First - When was the last time you checked your furnace filter? Did you know it should be checked every two months? While you're at it, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors and remember to check the batteries! If a furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your home and create imminent danger. Also watch out for dryer lint, we know you clean the little trap inside the door, but most people neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint may seem innocent, but it's highly combustible, and can cause fires.
- Reduce your Bills - Often people think this is a daunting task or it's not worth it, but it is. All it takes is some old traditional common sense and in time you should notice a price drop in your utility bills. Simply do the following, stay committed, and you won't regret it.
- Remember your Mom's advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room.
- Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 15 degrees at night.
- Install LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads.
- Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.
- Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.
- Water your yard less. Put in drought-tolerant landscaping if necessary.
- Give composting a try. Your garden will thank you.
- Regular Cleaning - This can be a family affair. Cleaning the home can be easy when everyone gets involved. It needs to be done once a week so things don't pile up or you'll be faced with double duty over time. A great New Year resolution is to give everyone a task like dusting, cleaning bathrooms, doing the laundry or cleaning the kitchen. If everyone is involved there is more time for recreation. Of course, the age of the children in the home needs to be taken into account, but once they're ready to contribute, give them tasks. They'll thank you later!
- Ready to Entertain - Here's how! Every year try to add something which updates the look of your home. Some new fresh plants are one great way. Not only do they clean the air in your home, help eliminate toxins like carbon monoxide and other harmful chemicals, they add a fresh new look. Try English Ivy, or a Bamboo Palm. Both are easy to care for. You don't have to blow the budget, but adding things like pulling a new colour out of your décor for new pillows, a rug or adding throws can update a dated look. The new colour for 2018 according to Para Paints is lavender/purple, so if it suits your décor - go for it! You get the idea, right?
- Be Inspired! - Approach every resolution with a dash of inspiration and a dollop of motivation and you can't go wrong with any of these.
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