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5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

New Year, New Home

The New Year is here, and there’s no reason your New Year’s Resolutions have to stop at the gym or the refrigerator! This year, stay organized, happy, and healthy by making a series of intelligent New Year’s resolutions for your home, and sticking to them. Whether your goal is to pack less clutter or simply stay a little cleaner around the home, these five smart resolutions are a great place to get started.
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5 New Year Resolutions Everyone Should Make for the Home

1. Stay Organized

So many people have no trouble getting organized, but tons of trouble staying organized. If you’re one of them, 2018 is the time to step up your game. While this can be especially difficult if you live with kids or other family members who derail your organizational efforts, it’s not impossible. Here are a few tips:

  • Put everything away as soon as you get home. Prevent the “front door dump zone” by putting all your items away as soon as you get home. While this is the last thing you want to do at the end of a long day, it’s a simple step that can make a big difference between a nice, clean home and a disaster every time you walk through the door.
  • Make a place for everything. Things are more likely to take over your home if they don’t have a designated place to land. With this in mind, follow the “a place for everything, and everything in its place” rule. To make it as obvious as possible, label baskets, shelves, and storage containers and update everyone in your household about where items should live.
  • Attack it in chunks. Some places in the home, like the kitchen junk drawer, naturally get out of hand over time. To keep it in check, set a time each week to dump it out and go through it. When you do this regularly, you’ll tackle the job in short, five-minute chunks, rather than the occasional hour-long weekend marathon.
  • Pare it down. The fewer belongings you have, the easier it is to organize them. With this in mind, get rid of anything you don’t need. Want help? Check out our decluttering tips below.

2. Declutter

Did you know that clutter causes stress? According to Psychology Today, “Messy homes and workspaces leave us feeling anxious, helpless, and overwhelmed.” This year, cut the clutter and the stress by getting rid of items you don’t need. Here are some tips to do it in your household:

  • Make it a family affair. When your whole family tackles clutter, it becomes easier and less overwhelming for you. Get each family member involved by putting them in charge of decluttering a specific room or section.
  • Set a “6-month” rule. If you haven’t used the item for six months, get rid of it. This counts for clothing, recreational equipment, toys, and kitchen items. Items that gather dust for a six-month period aren’t important to your daily life and won’t affect you if they leave the house.
  • Break it into blocks. Decluttering a whole house is overwhelming. Decluttering a drawer in ten minutes is simple. To keep the process digestible, break it into chunks and attack it slowly but surely.

3. Purge Monthly

Throughout the hustle and bustle of daily life, things enter the home that we don’t actually need or want. To keep this at bay and ensure your house stays within your control, purge it monthly. While the specific style of your purging will depend on your home and the items within it, you’ll want to ensure you tackle at least one room or category of items each time you make this move. By purging your house on a regular, monthly basis, you prevent junk items from building up and make it easier to maintain control over your home and its contents.

4. Move Some Furniture

One of the easiest New Year resolutions is simply to reorganize a room. Even if your room has been working the way it is, moving some furniture around is a great way to redistribute energy and keep it unique and interesting. It’s also a fantastic way to get a fresh perspective on a house that you spend a lot of time in. With this in mind, move a sofa against a different wall or switch the location of your bed. Don’t be afraid to experiment with floor plans, as you may find that one configuration offers a better traffic flow than others.

5. Store What You Don’t Need

If you’re tired of digging through your closet to find seasonal items you lost years ago or struggling to find that kayak or set of winter skis, consider getting yourself some storage space. Particularly ideal for apartments or homes where storage room is limited, storage sheds and other storage facilities can keep tabs on your items until you need them again. Climate-controlled, accessible, and user-friendly, storage services are commonly available through moving companies and similar organizations. Storage sheds are available in a wide assortment of sizes to suit your items and can accommodate a short- or long-term lease.

Your New Year’s Resolutions (For the Home)

Who says New Year resolutions can’t apply to the home? When you make and keep these crafty resolutions, you’re sure to enjoy a cleaner, less cluttered, more relaxing home, throughout 2018 and beyond! This, in turn, gives you more time to be around your friends and family, explore your neighborhood, and do the things you love in the New Year.

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