When the New Year hits, a lot of people make New Year’s resolutions. As a homeowner, you should make some too – for your home. Below are 8 new year’s resolutions that you should make for your home.
Find the Right Spot for Transitory Items
One of the biggest problems that people often have is that they’re always losing things like their keys or handbag. That’s why it’s a good idea to find a hidden but convenient place that they can put these items that you’re always going to know they’re there. That’s going to help you with making your life a lot better.
For reasons of security and for discouraging the intruders, you want to make sure that the spot’s not visible and that it’s not right as you come into the home.
A bowl, hook or drawer is going to help with ensuring valuables like keys aren’t getting lost beneath your mail.
Have Some Indoor Plants
This is something that can be beneficial to your health and to the environment. But it’s not always easy to do. Greenery will add color and life to your space, but a lot of people struggle with keeping their plants looking green for long.
If your houseplants are to remain healthy, they need fertilizer, water and the correct level of light. They also are going to need protection from pests, dusting and some outdoor time.
Take a Course
This may not seem like something for your house, but it can be. If you take a course in woodworking, pottery or upholstery, this can help with brightening up your home,
Have you looked at a crafted vase and thought that you could make something like that? That’s the reason why you can take a course.
If you want to start trying to make something yourself, you can find a course or class, buy your tools and start crafting. Just imagine making something for your home and having someone compliment, and then being able to say that you made it yourself.
Stop Purchasing Huge Items for Your Kitchen
A lot of people have a finite amount of space in their cupboards and on their countertop. So you want to make a resolution to avoid buying things that are going to take up space that you aren’t going to use very often.
If you want to buy something new, the item that you are buying must have an already empty space that it can go into or it has to replace something that is old. You also need to make sure that the item has a function or purpose that’s clear in your daily life.
You shouldn’t throw away the things that you aren’t using if you will simply replace those items with more items that never get used.
Put Fresh Flowers Around the House
This is an easy and fin resolution. Not only can it make your home look and small brighter, but it also can help cheer you up when there’s snow on the ground. It helps you remember that spring is on the way.
You can often purchase flowers from the grocery store for small amounts. Usually, the price is under $10.
Resolve to Declutter
The thing about decluttering is that you shouldn’t try doing it in one whole go. It’s a good idea to go from one room to another. Get a few empty boxes, and then sort each room, one at a time. Don’t forget your cupboards and bookshelves.
Give yourself a set time limit and give yourself breaks that are slotted in. The last thing that you want to do is to get burned out. If you get burned out, you’re only going to do the job half-hearted.
Create a Roster for Cleaning
This is especially important if there are multiple people living in the house. After you’ve gotten rid of clutter, it should be easy to clean.
Keep in mind that 80% of the cleaning that you do is simply putting the things away so that there’s a surface for you to clean.
You are then left with tasks such as doing wash, taking the trash out, dusting, sweeping, vacuuming and mopping and wiping down your bathroom counter and fixtures.
In a shared household or family, these types of jobs should not just be one person’s responsibility. When you create a roster for cleaning, it’s going to help with ensuring everyone’s held accountable.
You also should remember that a lot of people prefer doing certain things instead of others, so you want to assign the tasks accordingly.
Purify Your Air Quality
Something that every homeowner should resolve to do when it comes to their home is to purify their air quality. The air inside the home is often full of possible contaminants, like mold spores, viruses, dust, and pollen. The problem’s worst during the wintertime, since doors and windows, are closed tight.
Below are improvement and maintenance tips that you can use to help with eliminating lung irritants in the home.
- Maintain the HVAC system – You want to make sure that you are changing your filters regularly and that you’re changing them each month during the peak cooling and heating seasons.
- Keep the air inside pristine using paints that are low-VOC when remodeling rooms.
- Use local ventilation in your bathroom and your kitchen to remove smoke, excess humidity and cooking fumes. Ensure that the ventilation systems are venting the air to your home’s exterior instead of in between your ceiling joists or the attic crawlspace.
- Burn true firewood in wood stoves and fireplaces, instead of the products made of pressed wood, since they could contain formaldehyde.
- Get portable air cleaners and use them to help with cleaning your air in certain rooms. There are different types of these air cleaners – mechanical filters, ion generators, ultraviolet lamps, and electrostatic precipitators.
Keep in mind that each air cleaner type is made for removing certain pollutants and none of them will remove all of the pollutants. Stay away with the ones that will generate ozone, since this can irritate your lungs.
These are 8 resolutions that you can make for your home in the new year. You are going to be amazed at how much easier it makes your life!