You’ve undoubtedly been spending more time at home this year in light of the global pandemic. With the New Year on the horizon, you might be starting to think of the resolutions you want to make and stick to next year. Why not dedicate next year to bettering your home? Here are 7 New Year’s resolutions homeowners should consider making next year:
Streamline Your Space
Want to feel great about your home without spending much of anything? De-clutter. It’s always healthy to reevaluate your possessions and remove the items that no longer bring you joy. Go through each room next year and donate the gently used items that you no longer want or need. Tackle closets, your garage, bookshelves, cabinets, and more. You’d be amazed how fulfilled you’ll feel once you’re done!
Drum Up a Realistic Cleaning Plan
If you’re the kind of person who cleans the house whenever company comes over, it’s probably safe to say that your home might have been on the messier side this year. Clean homes aren’t just good for your physical well-being; they’re also great for your mental health! Come up with an easy cleaning plan you’ll be sure to stick to next year. Start by keeping all of your cleaning supplies in one place and curating an upbeat playlist to blare whenever it’s time to spruce up your space!
Boost Your Curb Appeal
Even if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon, taking care of your lawn and your home’s exterior can give you a greater sense of pride in your home (and possibly increase your home’s value!). Start with something easy like planting a few pretty flowers, updating your outdoor furniture, or repainting your front door. Then, tackle larger projects like replacing old fencing, pulling out weeds in the garden, or staining and varnishing your deck.
Make Extra Mortgage Payments
You might think of mortgage payments as more of a monthly affair, but there’s nothing stopping you from paying it off more frequently if you want! Reevaluate your financial situation and consider making some additional mortgage payments next year. It’ll help you pay off your house more quickly and save you on interest. Even just a little bit extra can go a long way!
Learn to Clean Tough Spots
When was the last time you cleaned your dishwasher, window screens, showerheads, or dryer vents? If you can’t remember (or have never cleaned them), make next year the year you learn how to clean them. Make a list of all the appliances and features in your home that you don’t know how to care for, then ask an expert or do some researching online to find out! Take notes, and then get to work!
Make Your Home More Secure
Since you’re spending more time at home, now is a great time to ensure your space is as safe as possible. If you haven’t already, install a carbon monoxide detector on every floor with a working fireplace or gas appliance. Test your home for radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can cause lung cancer. Don’t forget to clean dryer lent from the vents and ducts behind your dryer. It’s highly combustible but easy to remove!
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint Making some eco-friendly changes won’t just help the environment – it can also reduce energy costs and save you money! The best part is you don’t even have to spend a lot to make many changes. Get into the habit of turning the lights off when you leave a room and turning off power strips when they’re not in use. Hang your laundry on the clothesline rather than relying on the dryer all the time. Switch out your incandescent lighting for LED bulbs, and install a low-flow showerhead in your bathroom. You can also try composting in your garden!
How will you be showing your home some love next year? Did we miss any important tips? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!