January 9, 2019

New Year, New House

Most New Year’s Resolutions have to do with weight loss, money, or spending time outside of work. However, according to Business Insider, about 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February! That’s quite a few dollars and hours that aren’t being utilized as planned. It can be hard to change yourself but if you change your surroundings perhaps, the rest can fall in line a little easier.

To make this simple, here are 3 easy tasks to focus on the inside of your house and 3 simple projects for the outside.

New Year’s Resolutions for Inside

1. Clear the Clutter

Clean Room

One of the easiest ways to refresh and revitalize your home is letting go of stuff you know you don’t need. In 2019, make it a goal to tackle a new room each week or each month. Donate anything you don’t use, wear or think about anymore. Be careful not to use this as an excuse to go down memory lane for too long. Decide if this something you are storing or is this something you are using.

2. Be a Little Greener

Programmable Thermostats

Being green can mean protecting the environment and protecting the green in your wallet. Try using less energy to cut down on your bills and your “carbon footprint.” Installing a programmable thermostat can keep your house comfortable when you’re home to enjoy it and save energy when you’re out.

3. Make a Cleaning Routine

Cleaning Routine

Cleaning isn’t exactly something we look forward to when we wake up, but if you do it regularly it doesn’t turn into a 2 day marathon before you have guests. Set daily, weekly and monthly goals for chores around the house. Make it a priority to carve out time in your weekly schedule and the results will leave your home and mind feeling de-cluttered.

There are few things you can do every day to keep a fresh house. Wash the dishes every night and make it a goal to put them up first thing in the morning. Before bedtime, pick up any small items around the house and clear the kitchen counter of any clutter. Dedicating 15 minutes a day to small tasks will make a big difference as well as create a habit. If you have children, include them in the routine as well! Make it something that the family does together as a team.

Once a week clean the whole house. Divide and conquer by assigning each family member in the house a different room or chore. Children can be assigned smaller tasks such as dusting and picking up the toys in their rooms.

There are a few efforts that can be done monthly like cleaning your dishwasher. These are simple but can be categorized as home and appliance maintenance.

New Year’s Resolutions for Outside

1. Keep Outside, Outside

Frosted Window

Check your weather stripping around doors and windows. If you feel a breeze coming in, your heat is going out and that programmable thermostat isn’t able to help much with your power bill. As the temperatures get colder, you aren’t the only one that likes to be warm, if there’s space for critters to get inside, they will.

2. Foundation Inspection

Damaged Wood

Take a walk around your home examining the foundation. Check both inside and out inspecting for termite tunnels. The damage caused by termites can be difficult to see but search for signs of sawdust and tunneling then book a job with a professional (we know a couple).

3. Motion Sensor Lights

Motion Sensor Lights

Motion sensor lights are great for security but so much more. It gets dark early in the winter months and coming home with groceries to a dark walkway can be dangerous. Motion sensor lights can also be part of your “green” effort. These lights are very efficient and totally eliminate the possibility of leaving the lights on all day and night, saving you green.

New Year’s Resolutions are hard to keep. Planning a lifestyle change can be done as long as you approach it in steps. Every little bit helps and once your house is in order, you can spend time with friends and family comfortably.

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