New Year’s resolutions typically begin with perfecting yourself, or at least bettering yourself by losing weight, quitting smoking, eating better, working more, etc., but we usually do not think about the resolutions for our home. We always have a project we would like to work on, or have things around the house we should keep up on. Here is a list of 8 New Year’s resolutions for better health and a happier home:
Quit smoking indoors; or better yet quit smoking altogether. But smoking indoors creates a musky, over-powering odor, which those who do not smoke have a hard time staying inside.
It not only smells badly, it creates a film over everything inside such as walls, windows, and furniture. If you have white walls and have been smoking for 2 years inside, they are probably more yellow toned by now.
Keep your home finances to a budget; including household repairs. Begin a separate savings account dedicated for the new year to home repairs, changing or adding new items to the home (décor, new bedding, towels, etc.), and household supplies such as a rake for the falling leaves, or salt for the drive way during the winter.
Learn how to be more efficient. Use lights only when necessary, turn off all lights and TV’s when not in the room, use water when needed (fix a leaky faucet), and turn off the heat or AC and open the windows when it is nice outside.
De-clutter your home. This means going through each room and getting rid of what is not needed or wanted. This may be a great way for you to make extra money by selling anything you think is worth something either online or by having a yard sale. You could also donate your unneeded items to a local charity.
Spend more time with your family. Keeping your home full of family and friends is a great way to keep it fun and create memories at the same time. Utilize your kitchen and make big family meals and invite all that you care about.
Make small repairs and other additions to your home yourself. By hiring someone, you are normally paying triple the amount it takes to do the project yourself. If it is a simple repair or addition, such as adding a shelving unit, or painting the house, you can do that yourself and even invite family and/or friends over to help.
Make a resolution to keep your home cleaner. I think we can all say this is one resolution we can all use in our lives. Keeping a home clean helps our overall mood; it keeps us in a happy and productive mood. In a messy place where it seems everything is out of place, it creates a chaotic and stressful environment.
Watch less TV and read more or do more activities. By making it a point to watch less TV, you are saving on the overall cost of electricity, but more importantly you are exercising you mind by reading or your body with outdoor activities.
These are just a few very simple resolutions you can make to turn your 2016 into the best year possible for your health, your home, and your happiness!