In the spirit of the New Year, you may want to make some improvements to your home that will make it more beautiful, efficient, clean, and green. Luckily, you don't have to plan for a major renovation to make these changes. From simple cosmetic upgrades to better storage solutions and energy saving tips, here are a few home improvement resolutions to consider.
Make a declutter plan
The New Year is the perfect time to streamline your stuff. Go room by room and clear out anything you don't use, wear, or love. Determine which items you will donate or purge and avoid adding more stuff you don't need. Commit to staying on top of the process by decluttering your space regularly. By eliminating the excess, you'll feel better all around.
Begin by cutting energy use in your home. Review utility bills to see where you can make adjustments. Update light fixtures with LED bulbs, seal drafty windows, turn off lights, and be mindful of the temperature in your home when you are not there.
Create a new space
If you've been thinking about turning a spare bedroom into a fitness room, guest room, or office, make a resolution to get started on your project. A fresh coat of paint, a colorful area rug, and some new light fixtures can breathe new life into your old space.
Reorganize the garage
Holiday decorations, sports equipment, tools, and more, may have taken over your garage, leaving little room for your car. In the start of the New Year, take some time to reorganize and use this space more efficiently. Sliding garage storage shelves might be the solution for housing all the stuff that has accumulated in your garage. With everything tucked away neatly, you can access your vehicle with ease.
Set up a cleaning schedule
Determine which tasks need to be done daily and weekly. For optimum efficiency, enlist the help of family members to share in the cleanup. Tackle dishes and laundry daily, so they don't build up and take away from weekend time. Set aside time to focus on bigger projects like cleaning closets, once a month.
Make better use of your pantry
On the next rainy or snowy day, when you find yourself at home, tackle the pantry. Empty all the contents and discard any expired items. Purchase some cute baskets or containers to house your items. Consider installing glide out shelving for easy access and functionality.
Update your light fixtures
If you've had the same light fixtures in your home for the last 15 years, a few updates might be needed. New pendants, chandeliers, and overhead lighting can completely transform the look of your home. Focus on one room at a time to keep costs down.
Create a safety checklist
In addition to making things more beautiful and efficient, there are a few things you should do to ensure your home is safe. On every floor of your house, be sure you have fire and carbon monoxide detectors. If there is a fire, or if a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked, you need to be alerted immediately. Also, have your dryer vent and fireplace cleaned to avoid potential issues.
Be realistic, but motivated, in putting your plan into action. In 2019, resolve to love the home you're in by making some small changes.