You probably already have a list of New Year’s resolutions, but have you made any for your home? You heard us right! Your home could use some resolutions too. Don’t worry because we have made it easy with these 4 New Year home resolutions!
1. Cleaning and Decluttering
A new year means new beginnings so it’s the perfect time to do that deep cleaning. While you are in the process of putting away the decorations and cleaning up after the parties, you can also begin to declutter your home. The best way to start is room by room. For maximum efficiency, start with the room that is most used and create two piles, one for trash and one to donate. If you are short on time and can’t complete the project in one day, then make a list of rooms you need to declutter. Place the list in a prominent place, like the fridge, and you’ll be reminded to do it the next time you have a free weekend.
2. Care for your home with routine maintenance
Take the time to go through your home and take care of routine home maintenance items. When is the last time you replaced the batteries in your fire alarms? If you don’t remember, then put new batteries on your shopping list. And don’t forget the dryer lint. We all clean the lint trap in the dryer but even then some lint can escape and make its way to the vents behind the dryer creating a fire hazard. In about 15 minutes, you can clean the ducts and vents behind the dryer.
3. Give a Room a New Look
You don’t have to do a full on renovation for your home to feel fresh and new. After the cleaning is done, then consider if you like to give a couple of rooms a new look. For a pop of green, try adding plants. The plants will possibly improve the air quality of the room and they’ll add some new color. For more color inspiration, try focusing on a new accent color. Rather than getting out the paint supplies, pull out a color that’s already in the room with throw pillows, blankets, and other small accent items. A new room for the new year without breaking the bank.
4. Take Control of the Utility Bills
Small changes can make a difference in your energy costs. Take your mother’s advice of turning off the lights as you leave the room and add another a touch by changing all your lightbulbs to LED. Control those heating bills by installing a new home automation thermostat. These days you control your lights, thermostats, and more with ease from your phone. With Lennar’s Connected Home part of the Everything’s Included guarantee it’s even easier to take advantage of these money saving techniques.
Here’s our 4 New Year home resolutions. Do you have any that you would add to the list?