Every time the New Year rolls around you vow to set yourself some resolutions. We start making lists of these new resolutions, planning new starts and getting ready to take things in a new direction. Some of these resolutions are to lose weight, save money, or spend time with family and friends.
But what about your home?
We have put together some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean, and green place in the coming year. The great thing about these resolutions is that you are not constant. You just need to revisit them a few times over the course of the year to get good results.
Check out these resolutions you’ll want to keep in your home this year.
1. Clean Room By Room
The beginning of the new year is a great time to deep clean your home. It’s easy to get started since the beginning of the new year is all about cleaning. Take it room by room, making sure to tackle the rooms that have the highest foot traffic first. Scrub those grimy places, vacuum those floors, rinse and repeat until your home looks the way you want it to be.
2. Purge Your Home
Cleaning is just the first part. The real change comes in your home by taking it a step further to purge some of the things you don’t need anymore. It can seem like a daunting task, but you need to be relentless.
If there is something you haven’t used for an entire year or more, then you have proven to yourself that you don’t really need it.
The best way to do this without tiring yourself out is to go one room at a time. The process might take a little longer, but it will be much more manageable and far more likely to reach your goal.
3. Donate Your Goods
The third step is to make two piles. One is for items that you will throw away and the one you will donate. Donations are an important as they can contribute to others the most. So, when you are cleaning and purging, take a second to reconsider throwing out the old and instead donate them to someone in need.
4. Make It Safe and Sound
There are a few things every homeowner should do to ensure they are not living with a potential hazard or fire risk in their home.
First, you need to check your house for radon. It is a colorless, odorless gas that causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each other. One in every fifteen homes has elevated levels of radon. You can test your homes of radon for less than $20 at your local hardware store.
Make sure you install carbon monoxide detectors on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. It is a small investment—$40 or more—for such an important safeguard!
Do not neglect that dryer lint. Most people will neglect to clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer, but lint is not innocent as it seems. It is highly combustible according to the U.S. Fire Administration by accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.
If you are considering a remodel and your home was last built or remodeled before 1978 consider testing for lead paint and asbestos flooring. It will need to be properly handled during removal or practices can be released into the air for you to consume.
5. Shrink Your Bills
Go green this year by cutting your energy usage in your home. Try some of the following tips and tricks below.
- Switch off the lights when you leave a room.
- Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night.
- Install LED bulbs for low-flow showerheads
- Dry your clothes on the line.
- Wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.
- Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.
- Water your yard less by putting drought-tolerant landscaping if needed.
- Try composting. Your garden will love it!
6. Work Out A Weekly System to Keep Your House Clean
Keep the mess under control in your home by setting up daily and weekly cleaning systems.
- Dishes go in the dishwasher every night – no excuses!
- Dirty clothes go in the hamper.
- Jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet and put away.
- Bring everything back it its assigned place.
Try some of these tips when you clean your entire house weekly.
- Keep all your cleaners and cleaning items in a portable carry that moves with you from room to room.
- Try using a builder’s apron to wear when you clean. You can stash cleaning tools such as toothbrushes, scraper, sponge, and several cleaning cloths. You can hook glass cleaner and all-purpose cleaning spray on the loops of the apron while you keep your hands free as your work around the room. Move around the room clockwise while you clean from high (cabinets) to low (floors).
- Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. It’s easier and much faster when you do it this way. Wipe down fingerprints on all the cabinets before moving onto spraying and wiping the counters. Then move to the windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that is completed move onto sweeping then mopping the floors.
- Get your family to help you out. Divide the jobs among everyone: One person can do the dusting and vacuuming and changing beds, another person can do the bathroom and cleanup, leaving the kitchen and trash emptying for the last person.
7. Plan For This Year And Next
One of the best ways to make sure that you’ll come back to these is to plan them out in advance. Decide on the order you’ll clean your rooms and when you will purge them in the next couple of months. You may even want to consider planning for the next holiday seasons too!
Take some time now while it is still fresh in your mind to think about how you’d like to handle things next time around. Jot down some notes at the beginning of your planning to make sure to help you save some headaches at the end.