Once the Christmas holidays are over, a brand new year awaits for making new beginnings. Making resolutions for the New Year shouldn’t just be limited to self-improvement, you can also make a list of improvements, changes and additions for your home in the coming year. So, here are some New Year’s Resolutions that really are a must:
1. Banish The Clutter
Even if you have good home organisation, one year is a long time and clutter increases in places that are easily overlooked. So, once Christmas is over and the decorations are down, start purging the stuff that you don’t need. For example, clear out the kitchen cabinets, organise the office drawers, tidy up the garage, so on and so forth.
2. Change The Paint of a Room
One of the easiest ways to give a makeover to a room is through paint. You can change the paint colour of any room to refresh it. Be fearless and experiment mixing more than one colour too.
3. Make The Home Safe
Take safety measures for your home. Check the smoke detector, replace the fire extinguisher if it has expired already and install a carbon monoxide detector.
4. Go Green and Add Fresh Plants
Add a touch of green to your home’s interior to infuse life and vitality.
5. Shrink The Bills
There are different ways in which you can cut down your energy consumption. During the day make maximum use of natural light and don’t leave the light switches on when you leave the room. Turn off the computer once you are done and dry the clothes on a line instead of the dryer. You can also install solar panels and thank yourself later for this decision.
6. Improve The Air Quality
By replacing chemical based household cleaners with organic ones, you will do a big kindness to yourself and your family. It is also a good idea to replace air filters on your A/C units and get the ductwork cleaned if you have a built in system.
7. Make Your Home More Warm and Welcoming
Small design details such as changing the lighting or adding a rug can make a big impact and give more warmth to your home.
8. Follow The One in, One out Rule
Be thoughtful while buying things for your home. To avoid clutter try to get rid of something that you don’t need anymore whenever you introduce a new item to your home. The best way is to donate if the thing you are getting rid of might still be useful for someone else. You can also keep a donation box for this purpose.
9. Make Repairs
If you have been ignoring certain repairs such as a leaky tap or a broken drawer pull, then it is a good time you get them fixed for smooth running of your home in the coming year.
10. Give the Garden Some Care
A well manicured garden always leaves a good impression. Make sure your lawn stays healthy throughout the next year by pulling out extra weeds, dead plants and trimming the bushes or trees wherever required.