Each year, January rolls around, and you set resolutions. Maybe you want to lose weight, learn a new language, or travel to that bucket-list destination. Those are all excellent resolutions, but what goals are you setting for your home? Is home maintenance one of them?
This year, expand your resolutions by extending a few to your home. With just a little attention, you can make your home a more beautiful, efficient, enjoyable place to live in the coming year.
Here are a few of our favorite suggestions:
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to overhaul your home this season is to get rid of the clutter. In addition to making living in the house difficult and inconvenient, clutter also increases stress levels, creates distraction, and can even trigger physical reactions, like allergies.
With this in mind, take some time at the start of the new year to declutter your home room-by-room. Get rid of anything you don’t use by donating or giving it away. If you don’t want to haul it yourself, look for a junk removal company to do it for you.
Once you’ve gotten rid of excess belongings, be mindful of what you acquire during the new year. Keeping your space clutter-free can be harder than it seems.
2. Give Your Home a Safety Check
Is your home as safe as it should be? The New Year is a great time to find out. This year, resolve to check your house for radon.
A colorless, odorless gas, radon is responsible for approximately 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Today, about one in every fifteen homes has elevated radon levels. Fortunately, test kits are affordable, easy to use, and available at your local hardware storer.
Additionally, you should check your home vents, test for lead paint and asbestos, and make sure all smoke detectors are current and have fresh batteries.
3. Come up With a Weekly Cleaning Schedule
Instead of letting housekeeping get overwhelming, keep it manageable by breaking it down into these daily, weekly, and monthly tasks:
- Daily. Put the dishes in the dishwasher and run it if it’s full. Put dirty clothes in the hamper and hang up clean clothes. Sweep or vacuum if you have a house with kids or pets, and sort mail to avoid pileups.
- Weekly. Clean the entire house, including the bathrooms, kitchen, bedrooms, and shared spaces. Sweep and mop all floors and wipe down glass surfaces.
- Monthly. Wash pet beds and throw blankets, rinse houseplants to get rid of dust, clean out freezers, and wash shower curtains.
You don’t have to wear yourself out with sporadic deep cleans for your home. Instead, keep your space comfortable and fresh by making cleaning a regular habit.
4. Fix Pain Points
Has that broken blind been bothering you for a month? What about that loose dresser pull, or the crammed Tupperware drawer? If so, you’re not alone. Simple home maintenance tasks escape even the most attentive homeowners.
Fortunately, you can make your home a more comfortable, enjoyable place by resolving these maintenance issues now. Most of them will take only a few minutes, and will make your quality of life much better, immediately. If you don’t want to do these jobs on your own, hire a handyman who can help.
5. Make Your Home More Efficient
You don’t have to add solar panels or a composting toilet to your home to make it more efficient. Instead, look into small things that can make a big difference. Here are a few of our top tips:
- Turn off lights when you leave the room
- Install LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads
- Invest in a smart thermostat that will adjust to your schedule and keep your home at the optimal temperature
- Water your yard less, or consider installing drought-tolerant plants
- Seal leaks in your home’s windows, doors, and caulking
Say Hello to the New Year in Your New Home
You don’t have to remodel or move to enjoy a new home in the coming year. With just a few actions, you can transform your space and enjoy a home that feels fresh and clean in 2020.
Even better – you don’t have to do it on your own.
If you need help fixing small repairs, plumbing, home cleaning, painting, or virtually anything else, our team can help. Use our home services app, Jonny On It, to quickly find repair professionals to save you time this year.