A new year is already here and many of us have already started thinking about what our new year resolutions will be. When you hear new year resolutions, you probably think about lifestyle changes and goals, but now is also a wonderful time to start thinking about new year resolutions for home. New year resolutions for your home could be as simple as getting better organized around the house or as large as a remodel. Here are 5 projects around the house that you may want to consider adding to your new year resolutions this year.
1. Decluttering Your Home
The new year comes right after a busy holiday season filled with traveling, decorating, entertaining family and friends, etc. So, by the time the new year comes, you may feel like you have not had the time to focus on your home the way you normally would. The new year gives you time to start decluttering your home.
It can be easy to get overwhelmed when trying to declutter or organize your home because you may find yourself wanting to start everywhere and get it all done at once. To help with this, create a realistic plan for where to start and how to manage your time. Plan for one room at a time and do not feel like you must be finished right away (you have a whole new year to work on it). Visit Tidy Revival for a room by room list for decluttering.
2. Check Your Home’s Exterior for Damage
When you start thinking about updating and remodeling your home, most of us plan for a bathroom remodel or a kitchen update. However, for your home’s interior to continue to be safe and free of structural damage, it is important to ensure the exterior is too.
If you start to notice damage to the exterior of your home, make a list of any damage you find so you can plan on what to fix first and start to research how much it will cost. Some of the things you found could be simple and quick to fix, but others may be timelier or may cost more. If you are not sure what to look for when inspecting the outside of your home, check out this Ultimate Home Exterior Inspection Checklist.
3. Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
New Year resolutions tend to be about improving yourself or improving your health. One way to do this is by improving the air quality of your home. You can do this by making sure you change your air filters or by keeping up with maintenance on your HVAC system and furnace. Throughout the year there is a lot to remember, so to make keeping up with filter changes and maintenance you can use your phone’s calendar to set reminders or find an app you like in the app store.
If you have noticed any leaks in your home or signs of mold or mildew, the new year may be a suitable time to invest in Air Quality Testing. Air Quality Testing would test your home for mold and allergens. Another straightforward way is by regularly dusting your home to help prevent build up or dust particles in the air.
4. Improve Your Home’s Energy Use
Improving your home’s energy use is not only a terrific way to decrease your carbon footprint, but also a way to reduce your electric bill for the upcoming new year. This can be done by switching to LED light bulbs and turning the lights off when you are not using them.
Did you know though that issues within your home could be causing an increase in energy use? Your home could be showing signs of energy loss without you even realizing it. An increase in your electric bill or temperature changes between rooms in your home could be signs it is time for a Home Energy Audit. Check out this Pro Blog for more details and signs to look for to help decide if the new year is a time to schedule a home energy audit.
5. Prepare Your Home for a Safe New Year
To help achieve a safe new year in your home, you can start off by checking the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as testing them to ensure they are properly working. This would also be a great time to make plans for emergencies situations. You can do this by planning routes to exit the home easily and safely and making emergency bags or backpacks.
If you have not already, the new year may be the year to test for Radon. Radon is a very harmful gas that is colorless, odorless, and tasteless. Radon if left undetected or untreated could cause lung cancer or other serious health problems.
A new year, a new home project. These are just some of the ways you can focus on your home for the upcoming new year. The new year could be a time for organizing, maintaining or updating your home. The new year could also just be a time to start saving for future home projects. All of us at Ellingwood Pro want to wish you a happy and safe New Year!