As we begin to prepare for the New Year, we often find ourselves making resolutions about ourselves. We vow to lose weight, drop a bad habit, save money, and more. While setting new year’s resolutions for ourselves can be beneficial, it is also important to look outside ourselves. Has it crossed your mind to make resolutions about your home?
Luckily, it has been on ours. From saving money, to decluttering, or even finishing those small projects around the house, there are multiple goals that can be set and accomplished in the new year.
Get Rid of Clutter
Decluttering is one of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home. When it comes to items such as clothing or furniture, considering going from room to room gathering items that you no longer use. Check in drawers, under furniture, and in closets. You won’t believe the amount of clutter that you can accumulate over the years, and getting rid of it by giving it to a good cause is sure to boost your mood.
Another great way to cut down on clutter is to use products, such as toothpastes, lotions, and soaps, until they are empty. This will help reduce multiple containers of the same product. In the long run, it will help you waste less, consume less, and keep more clutter out of your home.
Shrink Your Carbon Footprint (and your bills)
You do not have to deck out your roof with solar panels, or switch to a hybrid car to make an impact on the environment (and your wallet). There are various simple ways to cut down on energy usage in your home, such as turning off lights while exiting a room, turning off unneeded power strips at night, and periodically hanging your clothes out to dry instead of using a dryer.
Create a Safe and Sound Environment
It is never a bad decision to start off the New Year by ensuring your home is safe, and there are many ways to do so. You can start off with the basics by replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, making sure locks on windows and doors are working well, and checking to see if your home is properly ventilated.
Things that can be overlooked however, are tasks such as cleaning lint out of dryers, and checking your home for radon gases. Too much lint in a dryer can cause fires. Since it can be easily avoided, it is important to make cleaning it out a daily task.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is commonly known as the “silent killer” because it is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. It moves through spaces in soil and enters the house through any cracks or openings. Checking your house for radon is inexpensive and involves a run to the nearest hardware store for a test kit.
Whether it’s to save money, declutter, or make your home a safer space, it is always a great idea to include your home in your new year’s resolutions. Too often we push things aside and allow them to build up into one big to-do list. If you start crossing off small projects at the beginning of the year, you and your home will have smooth sailing throughout 2018.