Resolutions For Your Home

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

 

Cut down on your energy use

  • Seal & insulate your ductwork
    • Extend the life of your furnace, heat pump, and air conditioner
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room
  • Monitor heat & AC – adjust only when necessary
  • Wash & dry full loads of both dishes and laundry


Create a healthy kitchen

  • Go through your pantry and refrigerator - throw out expired items and donate canned foods
  • Make the kitchen more welcoming by adding a kitchen table that seats more guests
  • Add new cook books and mix fresh recipes into your rotation of meals


Clean your indoor air

  • Maintain HVAC
  • Change furnace filters
  • Use low-VOC paints


Replace old with low-maintenance new

  • Use fiber-cement siding
  • Weather proof, stable, fire resistant and will last up to 50 years
  • Replace traditional light bulbs with LED that will last for years
  • Use long-lasting ceramic tile flooring


Check in on the safety of your home

  • Test fire detectors
  • Test for Carbon Monoxide and Radon
  • Clean our dryer lint
  • Check ventilation in all areas of the home and ensure vents lead to outside to prevent mold
  • Ensure your home meets safety standards for any children in the home


Organize

  • Get rid of anything you no longer use or enjoy
  • Only add things you need or love
  • Create extra storage – get creative!
    • Add shelving, baskets and other storage options
    • Consider unique storage options such as ceiling shelving in the garage


Do small home improvement projects

  • Update your décor, even small changes go a long way
  • Adding house plants will liven your space and improve air quality
  • Get outside! Plant a tree, start a garden, begin composting
  • Prepare a home emergency kit


Create a plan for your household

  • Budget
    • You will continue to see the benefits of budgeting all year long and finish the year on a financial high
    • Put some cash back for home improvement
  • Make a plan to keep clean!
    • Schedule tasks – break them down by days, weeks and months to keep from feeling overwhelmed
    • Divide tasks among family members


Make your space welcoming

  • Begin in spaces where guests meet such as the living area, kitchen and guest bedrooms
  • Add small pops of color such as throw pillows, wall art and accent rugs
  • Ensure guest bedrooms and baths are cozy and comfortable