Start the New Year off fresh by committing to home improvement resolutions. In celebration of the New Year and new beginnings, we have come up with some resolutions for your home that will make it more efficient, clean and beautiful! Below are the most important home improvements for the New Year!
Clear it of Clutter
A simple and effective way to make you feel better about your home is to clean it of clutter! Each year you acquire more and more unneeded items that turn into mountains of junk you don’t really need. It’s important to do regular purging in your cabinets and drawers because it becomes hard to find certain things within the clutter.
This year, commit to going room-to-room every couple weeks and getting rid of anything you don’t use, wear or need. Donate it to charity or sell it online if possible. It is also important to start thinking about new items you may be bringing into your home.
Keep items you use daily on your counter and clear them off of anything you don’t need. Also, stash items like DVD’s, remotes and such in baskets or bags grouped together for more organization.
Shrink Your Bills
Start by cutting energy usage in your home by:
- Turning the lights off when you leave a room
- Turning off your air conditioner when you leave your home
- Dial the heater down to 55 degrees at night
- Install a low-flow showerhead and compact fluorescent light bulbs
- Dry some of your clothes on a line
- Make sure the dishwasher is full before you run it
- Set your computer to sleep mode when you’re not using it
Make a weekly cleaning schedule for your home
It is important to have a daily and weekly cleaning schedule to keep the mess under control, below is a list of daily and weekly cleaning tips!
Make it Safe
There are few things that every homeowner should do and check to ensure that they’re home does not have any potential health hazards or fire risks.
Make sure there are carbon monoxide detectors installed on every bedroom floor as well as fire detectors. Carbon monoxide detectors are a small investment but an important safeguard because if a furnace vent gets stuck, carbon monoxide can fill in your home and potentially kill you.
Check your home for radon! According, to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year”. You can get test kits which are around $20 to make sure this colorless, odorless gas is not in your home.
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