Each new year we set personal goals and resolutions; however, have you ever thought about setting some resolutions for your home? Home improvement goals will make it more efficient, cleaner and a beautiful place to spend time. As the premier real estate agent for all your NOTL realty needs, I would like to share the following home New Year’s resolutions with you.
Take the Minimalist Approach
If you are feeling overcrowded in your home, disorganized or just want to reduce the amount of clutter, why not take a minimalist approach? Over the course of a year (or many years) we tend to accumulate a lot of unnecessary items that can begin to take up the limited space in your home. Set a New Year’s goal to either reorganize or remove all your excess items. To start, make three piles that include:
- A donation pile for the items that you are no longer using, have outgrown or just want to move on.
- A throw away pile for the items that have either worn out, are broken or are no longer of any value or worth.
- A recycle pile for the excess paper and electronic items or used batteries that cannot be put into a landfill.
Take the time to go through each room in your home thoroughly and be honest with yourself.
Here’s the Deal:
If you haven’t used an item in a year and it is not seasonal, it probably needs to be put in one of the three piles.
A greener approach to your overall lifestyle is a great goal to set, not matter what the time of year. A greener home will not only help you reduce your carbon footprint, but it may also save you some money in the long run. Here are some very easy ways to become more energy efficient and save some money this winter.
- Turn down the thermostat. Try turning down the heat when you go to bed or when you leave the house. Even turning the temperature of your home down a few degrees will save you money on your next heating bill.
- Turn off the lights in the rooms that you are not using. This simple tip will save you money and energy.
- Turn down your hot water tank by a few degrees. You won’t even notice the difference and again, this simple trick will save you money on your next heating bill.
Set a schedule
Time management is always a popular New Year’s goal. While you are setting schedules for yourself, why not set a schedule for your home as well? A weekly cleaning schedule is a great way to designate family chores and keep your home in tip-top shape. Try to break your home cleaning schedule into two parts:
- Daily chores – tasks such as dishes, dirty clothes and hanging up or putting away clothes can all go under this list or schedule.
- Weekly chores – vacuuming, cleaning the toilet and bathtub or shower, organizing or picking up a room and taking out recycling etc. can all go under this category.
By setting a schedule and creating lists, you should be able to enjoy a clean and well organized home. Make it fun and make it an entire family activity.
This New Year’s make sure to set a few goals for your home – you will not be disappointed. If you are interested in other New Year home goals or would like to see some of the exciting real estate properties that are available in the NOTL region, please contact me today. I look forward to working with you soon.
Happy New Year.