2017 has just begun and most of us are still working on our New Years Resolutions for both our own personal growth, as well as for our home. It might not always be so obvious, but often times the two can come hand in hand! Making our home a beautiful and comfortable place comes with loving ourselves and wanting only the best.
Get rid of clutter
Probably the best and cheapest way to feel better about your home space is to get rid of clutter and unnecessary items. Every year, almost all of us obtain tons of random items, and unless we regularly clean out all our drawers, we barely remember what is actually inside of them. Furthermore, clutter makes your house look old and dirty; the less the better. And therefore an ideal new year’s resolution is to go through each room and get rid of any items that you do not use. It may be hard to part with belongings, but you can donate them to charity and feel good about doing a good deed and helping other people out, while at the same time enhancing your home space. Once you have cleared out items, hopefully, this will make you think before you end up adding more. It is important to add items that make you feel good and rid of the ones that bring you down. With certain useful items that you do not wish to give away, organize them in a systematic and nice way, such a putting them in woven baskets.
Although your home might be stunning, you probably have no considered whether or not it is safe. There are several factors that every homeowner should do to make sure they do not have any health hazards or potential fire risks in their home. One thing to do is check your house for the presence of radon. This is a colorless and odorless gas and therefore is hard to notice, however, causes 21,000 lung cancer deaths per year. It is has been researched that one in fifteen homes are infected. Test kits cost only $20 and are a very worthwhile investment. It is also important to ensure that your home has a carbon monoxide detector on each floor. Similar to the radon test, it is a small price to pay for such a crucial hazard. Another potential hazard to look out for is dryer lint. Most people do not actually clean the vents and ducts and although it may seem harmless, it can actually cause a great deal of harm. In your bathroom, make sure they are properly ventilated to the outside in order to prevent infectious mold. If you can afford to remodel your home or are considering it anyway, and your house is rather old, built before 1978, it can be beneficial to test for lead paint and asbestos flooring.
Reduce your bills and usage
Most people think the only way to go green is a hybrid car or solar panels. However this is not the case, if you think a little outside of the box the best place to start is within your usage of energy within your home. And this does not have to come at the cost of your decor. The most simple and obvious way is to always listen to your mom when she tells you to turn off the light in your room. And just as simply as turning off a switch, turn off your air conditioner and heater when you are not around. Installing fluorescent bulbs and low-flow shower heads are yet another easy way to cut down, and can also be very stylish at the same time. Drying your clothes on a hanging line, and only using the dishwasher and washing machine when they are completely full are other simple ways to make big changes. Pay attention to the things you plug into your home and that you put your computer on sleep mode when you’re not using it, and can also make the room look less cluttered. And as beautiful as you may want your garden to be, nothing will happen if you water your yard a little less or use landscaping that requires less water. And your garden will appreciate the compost you feed it.
Create a weekly cleaning system
When thinking about improving your home decor, there is nothing more important than cleanliness and organization. A messy house can take away from even the most beautiful decor. Therefore creating a weekly plan for cleaning your home will reduce this stress and ensure you never let your house get out of hand. Make sure you make no excuses to not put your dishes in the dishwasher every night, putting dirty laundry in the hamper and hang up your jackets. Create a system in which everything goes in its designated place. And for a weekly plan, clean your entire house. A way to make this less stressful and more efficient is to keep all of your cleaning products in a portable carryall and fill your apron with all kinds of cleaning tools, sponges, cloths, plastic bags..whatever you think you may need. Having it on you makes for fewer excuses not to do it. Even great a cleaning technique plan for yourself of how you are going to do it. And if you want ultimate efficiency, make it a weekly family tasks where everyone pitches in!