As hard as it is to really fathom, 2013 is just about over, and 2014 will begin in less than 2 weeks! That means that you and many others around the nation will probably try to stick to different sorts of resolutions during 2014 – losing weight, saving more money, and taking better care of yourself.
But what about your home?
Our homes are typically the last thing on our minds when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, but in reality, our homes should be at the top of our priorities. Making your home run more smoothly typically leads to us leading smoother lives.
Here are 10 resolutions to make for you and your home for 2014!
Get Organized – Depending on how long you’ve let things go in your home, this can be quite a daunting task. Take it one room at a time to put everything in its proper place. Make a list of rooms to tackle, go through your belongings, and group them together. Put your scarves and mittens in one basket and your hats in another, and place your bills in folders and your paperwork in files. Organizing your home will lead to a cleaner, calmer home.
Make a List – Go room by room to create a list of all the things you want to change about that room. Create a master list to make it easier on you to see the work ahead of you. You may find that many things you’ve listed out are very doable right now! While painting or replacing your cabinets may have to wait for a while longer, painting trim in the kitchen or a different room can be an easy afternoon project for you to tackle soon!
Start a Project – Nothing quite makes a home feel more like yours than changing it to suit your wants and needs. Give new life to a room that you don’t use very often. Even a fresh coat of paint can change things up and make you want to be in that space more often. It may even get the ball rolling for future makeovers as well.
Make Your Home Safer – Perhaps one of the most important resolutions you should make for your home in 2014 is to make it safer for you, your family, and anyone who happens to visit you at your home. Make sure your smoke detectors are working. If you don’t have smoke detectors or a carbon monoxide detector, get one as soon as possible – they could save your life. Get your furnace inspected to avoid major safety issues, and create an escape route with your family in case of a fire.
Buy a Plant (or Two!) – Purchasing a plant that brings you joy is one of the quickest, easiest, and cheapest things you can do for your home. Bringing this life into your home will make your home brighter in an instant and will even elevate your mood. Also, some plants have air-cleaning qualities – an additional bonus for you and your home!
Be More Energy Efficient – Being more energy efficient in your home is easier than you might think! Start off by changing your light bulbs, unplugging your unused appliances, and turning off your lights are easy and efficient ways you can begin improving your energy resourcefulness. Go a step further by updating your appliances to more energy efficient models.
Finish What You Start – Checking items and projects off your to-do list is a wonderful feeling. Make it your goal to finish at least one big task a month on your to-do list. This could range anywhere from getting your family photos in order to organizing your movies and music or repainting a room that might desperately need a fresh coat of paint. These tasks become a lot less daunting when you aim to accomplish them on a month-to-month basis, and it might even give you more motivation to complete more tasks!
Make Extra Mortgage Payments – As much as you might not want to do so, putting extra money toward your mortgage payments can dramatically shorten how long you need to continue making payments. For example, the monthly principal and interest on a $150,000 mortgage with a 30-year-term and an interest rate 5.5% comes to be $852. Paying even an extra one-twelfth of that amount each month – in this case, $71 – would increase your payment to $923, but it will also shorten the term by 5 years and one month and will cut your interest expense by just a hair over $30,000. Remember, the more payments you make in a shorter period of time, the less you end up paying in the long term (and the less interest you’ll have to pay, too!).
Prepare a Household Emergency Kit – Disaster can strike when you least expect it (remember the New Year’s Eve tornado that happened in St. Louis just a few years ago?). Be prepared by assembling a household emergency kit for you and your family. If you’re ahead of the game and have an emergency kit already, check that it has sufficient supplies for your family’s needs.
Resolve to Enjoy Your Home Now – You might not be in your dream home at the moment. Maybe your kitchen has rickety cabinets and peeling floor tiles or the bathroom is too small. In spite of the things that might make you cringe in your home, learn to love the place you live in for what it is now, and remember that you can always make the changes that you want to see to make your home the house of your dreams.
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