The beginning of a new year is a great opportunity for a fresh start. Since you spend so much time in your home, shouldn’t some of your New Year’s resolutions be devoted to its well being? Below are a few suggestions to make 2013 better — for both you and your home.
Remember how bare and empty your home was when you first moved it? If you’ve been residing in the same place for a few years now, chances are all the de-cluttering you did before you moved in has since been undone — and replaced with more clutter. Use 2013 as an opportunity to get your home into tip-top shape. The best part? You have a whole year to do it! Break the de-cluttering tasks up, month by month. For example: In January, start with the hallway closet. In February, try tackling the kitchen cupboards.
2. Tackle one household job you’ve been putting off.
Has the bedroom door handle been broken for months? Does the toilet keep running every time you flush it? Do your air ducts need cleaning? Pick one task that you’ve really been dreading and commit to completing it in 2013. This can work for bigger projects too — if you know you’re going to have to replace the roof soon, make January 1 the day you start saving for it.
3. Analyze your household finances.
There’s no time like the new year to re-evaluate your household budget and uncover potential savings. While you’re at it, see if there’s any room to increase your mortgage payment — even by a few dollars. Every little bit counts!
Obviously, your household may be crying out for different resolutions. What do you hope to achieve in your home in 2013?