As 2019 is right around the corner, now is the perfect time to reflect upon the goals that you have made for the new year. While most people make resolutions for personal care including exercise and eating healthier, it is also important to think about how you will care for your home and ways to keep it in top shape all year long. To support this spirit of new beginnings, here are seven suggestions for resolutions that you can make for maintaining and caring for your home.
One way to start the new year off right is by decluttering and getting rid of unwanted or unused items around the home. To declutter, take your time and go through each room and closet within your home. Get rid of piles of magazines, old mail, clothes that have not been worn in the past year, and even gifts that you’ve never got around to using. Such items can be donated to a local charity or you can even have a yard sale when it warms up in the spring. Decluttering will help you keep your home tidy and organized all year long.
#2 Energy Efficient Upgrades
To conserve energy at home while also protecting the environment, consider upgrading to energy efficient windows and appliances. Windows and appliances that feature the Energy Star logo are a great way to cut down on your energy bills by as much as $400 per year. Such cost savings may even help you meet other long-term goals that you may have had for this year. The upfront costs of upgrades involves so much more than the actual ticket price of the item. Instead, consider energy efficiency as a long-term investment. This investment will contribute to sustainable living and it will cut down on fossil fuel emissions, thereby helping you do your part to save the planet.
#3 A Fresh Coat of Interior Paint
Give your home a fresh, new look by updating your interiors in a new paint color. By adding new colors to your walls, you can instantly transform your home, making it feel more inviting and personalized. Fortunately, you do not have to be a designer to choose an amazing paint color for the rooms of your home. Instead, choose colors that put a smile on your face, such as a favorite hue that you’ve always had in mind. New colors for your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, living room or home office are a great way to improve your home and boost your productivity.
#4 Invest in Smart Home Technology
You do not have to be tech savvy to upgrade to a smart home today. As smart technology continues to evolve, homeowners have so many options to choose from when incorporating new technology into their homes. From smart thermostats, to televisions, to home security systems, and even refrigerators, there are so many gadgets that can improve your home and make daily living so much easier. Resolve to invest in smart technology and increase your home’s value today.
#5 Lingering Home Improvements
Also take care of those lingering home improvements that you have been meaning to do since last year. From power washing the home, to fixing a leaky roof, to addressing drafty windows, home improvement projects are a great way to protect your home. It does not matter if you will take a DIY approach or if you will enlist the help of professionals, your home deserves a little TLC all year long.
#6 Focus on Curb Appeal
Your home’s New Year resolutions are not just limited to the inside of the home. Do not forget about improving curb appeal this year as well. Create a wow factor by taking care of your home’s exterior. Treat your lawn to fertilizer, plant beautiful flowers, or even paint your shutters and front door with an amazing pop of color. You can even spruce up your front porch with décor such as rocking chairs and pretty throw pillows. By focusing on your curb appeal you will surely maintain the value of your home and impress your neighbors.
#7 Update Furnishings & Accessories
Lastly, give your home a new look by updating your furniture and accessories. From curtains, to throw pillows, to rugs, and other accents you can change the look and feel of your home in an instant. For example, choose updated modern furniture, new accessories, or themed décor for an entirely new look. By committing to redecorating, you will have made a resolution that will surely put a smile on your face for months to come.
Expand your New Year resolutions list and include goals for your home as well. People spend most of their time at home, so why shouldn’t home New Year resolutions be at the top of your list? From small upgrades to interior makeovers, there are so many ways in which you can make and keep resolutions for your home in 2019.