New Year, New Home: 2020 Resolutions
As January 1 rapidly approaches and we look back fondly on the last 12 months, most of us can’t help but dream of what we’ll improve upon in the coming year. But you know what they say: a dream without a plan is just a wish. With those wise words in mind, let’s all make a pact to skip the fad diets this time around and plan for a more beautiful and comfortable place to call home in 2020.
Send Clutter Packing
A good first step toward the house of your 2020 dreams is an organization session that includes decluttering the past year’s (or, let’s be real, years’) buildup of odds and ends. There are many ways to streamline your stuff, so choose the method that works best for you and set to work assessing the need for your current stock of clothes, shoes, books, pantry supplies, and more. Once you’ve removed the items that no longer serve you, take time to organize what’s left, so it’s easy to find and use throughout the coming year.
Go Green (& Save Some Green)
As you’re moving through your home with intention, removing items you no longer need, you’ve got a great opportunity to audit for eco-friendliness. You can start small — noting your stock of lightbulbs, cleaning supplies and shower heads and planning to replace them with greener versions — or you can research and commit to more major upgrades like solar panels, a composting program, or even a living roof. While some of these switches will mean initial costs, remember that you’re not just saving the planet, you’re also likely saving money in the long run.
Commit to Maintenance
You’re flushing out your water heater tank once a year, like clockwork, right? If your answer is no, you’re definitely not alone, but the reality is that your water heater will function much better — and last much longer — if the sediment is regularly drained from the tank. This and other home maintenance tasks tend to get put on the backburner, only getting attention when a problem arises. For 2020, resolve to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to home maintenance, and save your future self headache after headache.
Set a Cleaning Schedule
If you’re like most people, you love the feeling of a clean house but despise the seemingly endless work that comes with it. Coming to terms with the inevitability of cleaning as ongoing maintenance is the first step to making it all the more manageable. Next, strategize a plan that will break up the tasks, so you’re not faced with an overwhelming amount of work. Experts suggest categorizing and attacking chores by day, week, month and year to keep your house gleaming clean. Don’t forget to include all the members of your family, sharing the load and, if you have kids, creating responsible adults in the process.
Make Your Home More Homey
Last but certainly not least on your list of 2020 aspirations is that project you’ve been putting off far too long. Maybe it’s a bathroom upgrade, plush new carpet in the family room, or an outdoor dining area for celebrations big and small. Choose the space you’d most like to show some love and, depending on your budget, embark on an overhaul or a full-blown renovation. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor for years and new years to come!
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