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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Many people make New Year’s resolutions about themselves, but what about making a New Year’s resolution for your home? Some of the changes you make in your home can actually help you with your personal New Year’s resolutions too. By the same token your New Year’s resolutions can help get your home into shape by setting goals for new additions, modifications, design changes, or just setting a schedule to keep up with the cleaning and chores. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to consider for your home:

  1. Make Safety and Security a Top Priority.

Smart Home Safety

Smart Home Security Sign Photo Credit: Pinterest

All too often, we only worry about the safety and security of our home after something bad happens. Instead, resolve to make your home safe and sound BEFORE there is a problem. Check on security options, upgrade window and door locks. Change the batteries in your smoke alarms and check that they are working properly. While you are at it, if a carbon monoxide detector is right for your home, get one installed and check it regularly as well. Part of your security and safety check should be a fire extinguisher in your kitchen and outside by the barbecue too. You can also decide to make an investment in your home and your safety at the same time. Smart homes now have some of the best security option available that are automated and puts them right at your fingertips on your smartphone.

  1. Help The Environment and Your Wallet.

Recycle

Recycle Photo Credit: Pinterest

Some simple changes can make your home run more efficiently and save you money at the same time too. A popular New Year’s Resolution is to save money, and this will definitely help in that department.

  1. Are you doing your recycling right? Re-check the “rules” for your recycling and make sure you are doing it right. Different shires and cities have different rules for what they accept as recyclable material. Do your research so you know your efforts are making a difference.
  2. Also start a compost heap, it will help your garden grow and lessen your garbage load. Having a better garden also helps your wallet and the environment when you can eat your own grown food instead of shopping for it.
  3. Consider upgrading your appliances or even upgrading to a smart home. Not only does that offer great security items, as outlined in our first item on our list, but it also allows for excellent environmentally friendly options.
  4. You’ve heard all the rest before, but consider making a renewed effort to turn off the lights, turn up the air conditioning and turn down the heat settings.
  1. Cut the Clutter.

Clutter - Before and After

Clutter Before and After Image Credit: Pinterest

Clutter is one of the biggest problems we all probably have in our homes. All that clutter makes it harder to clean, especially because it doesn’t look “clean” even when it is. Clutter can make you feel crowded and less relaxed. Studies have actually shown that reducing the clutter helps you think more clearly and feel better.

  1. Make a Cleaning Schedule.

Weekly Cleaning Schedule

Cleaning Schedule Image Credit: Pinterest

Let’s face it, we may not all admit it, but cleaning our homes sometimes has to take a back burner to sleeping and just plain living in them. It can get out of control. So, to avoid this problem, make a cleaning schedule. Outline what needs to be done daily, weekly, monthly, etc. and then it will be easier to keep a handle on it. In addition to your cleaning schedule, organise your cleaning supplies into a portable caddie and plan to focus on one type of cleaning at a time. Once you cut down on the clutter and then make a cleaning schedule, it will be much easier to keep your home clean.

  1. Get Your Home Set Up For Entertaining.

Conversation Area

Conversation Area Photo Credit: Pinterest

Another popular New Year’s resolution is to spend more time with friends and family. If your home is always ready for company, this won’t be a barrier to achieving your goal. This task goes hand in hand with removing the clutter and making a cleaning schedule too, so all 3 resolutions can be done in coordination. There are 3 tricks that you can do to make your home more welcoming, inviting, and comfortable for guests. First, update the look without spending a fortune by pulling one of the colours out of your existing colour scheme and accenting it with a few things like throw pillows. Next, freshen the air and add energy to the room with flowering plants. Lastly, change the orientation of your furniture into a more circular fashion to encourage conversation instead of a line up in front of the television.

  1. Only Decorate with Things You Love.

Decorate with what you love

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First, narrow down your style or colour scheme. Once you have settled on that, resolve to only bring in design elements that fit your style and colour scheme and only choose items you absolutely love. This will ensure that your home design is cohesive and never cluttered.

  1. Don’t Let a Small Budget Stand in Your Way.

Low Budget Decor

Designing on a Budget Image Credit: BHG.com

A small budget doesn’t mean you can’t accessorize or decorate the way you want. Less can always be more when it comes to design. Painting can refresh and revitalise a room, slim covers can reinvent your furniture, and using or repurposing garage sale or swap market finds can make your design eclectic, unique, and crafty. As we mentioned before, plants can help freshen your room and add energy but, they are also an inexpensive way to change up the look of a room.

  1. Don’t Rush to Finish Your Decor.

Don't Rush Decor

Photo Credit: BHG.com

Similar to the resolution about only choosing the designs you love, don’t rush to complete a room if you don’t love something, don’t buy it just to finish off a room. The right thing will come along when the time is right. This resolution can also lead you to searching for something better or making something to fit your theme, colour, and style.

  1. Commit to a Colour Scheme.

Commit to a Colour Scheme

Colour Scheme Image Credit: BHG.com

Colour palettes and patterns make a huge impact on your overall look and design. If you can’t commit to a colour scheme, it can make your overall look too busy. Once you can decide and commit to your colour scheme, it makes it easier to decorate and know which pieces are right for you and also makes for a more cohesive look.

  1. Be Organised.

Cut Clutter

Be Organised Image Credit: BHG.com

This is also a crossover resolution that many people set as a personal goal. For your home decorating, it helps to be more organised just as in life. Part of it includes cutting down on the clutter, but also adding storage and having a special place for everything can help your home appear less cluttered and make you more organised.

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