2023 New Years Resolutions for Your Home
While the majority of New Year’s Resolutions revolve around healthier eating or exercising more, why not shape resolutions around one of the most important assets in your life – your home. We’ve put together manageable steps you can take to hold yourself accountable this year:
In order to be energy efficient and reduce your carbon footprint, you don’t need to make efforts out of this world to be effective. We’ve rounded up some small steps you can take towards cutting back:
- Turn off the lights when they’re not in use. A good practice is to get in the habit of shutting them down every time you leave a room.
- Seal and insulate doors and windows to increase efficiency of heating and cooling systems
- Prioritize recycling of paper, plastics, and other materials
- Shut off the water while brushing your teeth
- Invest in LED light bulbs
- Reduce amount of water used for grass and landscaping in the yard
- Try composting
Cut Out Time for Cleaning
Whether being neater is on your list of resolutions or not, we all probably have some room to improve when it comes to cleanliness. When it comes to cleaning, routine is key. On a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, create a schedule that works for you to avoid any messes building up overtime. Keep all supplies in an area where you can find them, and focus on one area of cleaning at a time.
To reach maximum productivity, it’s worth enlisting the help of your family. Divide and conquer in order to get the cleaning out of the way as fast as possible.
Rearrange the Room
The new year serves as a time for us to reflect and regroup if we so choose – so why not do the same with your furniture? Oftentimes furniture arrangements can become stale and need to be moved around from time to time.
For example, in summer months it may not make sense to have your room arranged around the fireplace. To ensure your home is welcoming and prepared to host family and friends, why not give the areas you entertain in an update? Don’t be afraid to mix it up from season to season for optimal comfort and efficiency.
In 2023, let’s redefine the terms need and want. Likely, we all have a lot of junk accumulated over the years that we don’t particularly have a need for. Start the year off by getting rid of things that you don’t have use for anymore. These things can be donated or sold, and the ones that are essential can be reorganized and put away for later use.
Test Your Alarms
Keep your home safe and secure by ensuring the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are properly functioning. Push down on those test buttons to make sure they’re in working order, then take a few seconds to remove dust that could be preventing them from performing optimally. While it seems obvious, it can be easy to forget to replace batteries for optimal safety.
Prioritize Air Quality
Keeping the air in your home clean and healthy should be a priority for everyone. Make it part of your resolution this year to stay on top of HVAC maintenance and filter changes, as well as invest in localized ventilation systems like exhaust fans or range hoods – especially key areas such as bathrooms/kitchens that tend to contain more humidity, smoke and cooking fumes. Going beyond these basics can give you even further benefits: install some specialized filters around the house to make sure you’re breathing only fresh air!
Tackle one Home Improvement Project
Set a goal to make at least one improvement in 2023. If you’ve never attempted a DIY project, now could be the time. Even if you hire a professional, try adding your own personal touch or decorative accents. If you’re struggling to nail down a starting point, we’ve put together 8 DIY projects to tackle in 2023.
The start of a new year is the perfect time to make improvements in your home! Planning ahead with realistic goals can help you avoid disappointment when it comes to completing projects around the house. From smaller projects to those on a grander scale, set achievable resolutions for 2023 with incentives like rewards for hitting each mini milestone along the way. This could be your – and your home’s – best year yet.