As the year comes to an end, many of us spend time reflecting on the last 12 months and start looking ahead to what we’d like to accomplish in the new year.
Your list might include the typical New Year’s resolutions: eating healthier, exercising more, being kinder, or having more appreciation for your friends and family. Those are all great things to work on, but this year, why not consider adding in a few New Year’s resolutions for your home? You know, the place where you probably spend most of your time? It deserves some love, too!
To help you do this, we came up with 10 simple resolutions that could make all the difference in your household.
Stock your kitchen with foods that set you up for healthier habits. You don’t have to dive in headfirst and toss out all your guilty-pleasure snacks. Simply making the healthier options easier to access can help you resist temptation and stay on the course to a better diet. For example, try placing a bowl of fruit right on your island or countertop while placing the chips and cookies on the higher shelves in the pantry.
Dedicate a space for at-home workouts. This can be as simple as setting aside a corner of your family room for storing hand weights, resistance bands, or a yoga mat to make getting in a quick workout as easy as possible.
Create a special relaxation corner in your home where you can meditate, read, or just relax with a cup of coffee or tea while you reflect and slow down. Keep cozy essentials nearby, like calming essential oil sprays, chunky blankets, and fluffy socks or slippers.
Getting house plants that are safe for children and pets can be a great way to bring in relaxing vibes and health benefits. Interaction with plants can improve physical health markers like heart rate and blood pressure, as well as helping people feel more soothed and comfortable.
Take time to comb through your clothes and other closet items. Separate them into piles to make decisions on what to keep, toss, and donate. Not only can reducing clutter lead to a clearer state of mind, but you’ll be better prepared when getting dressed for the day. Win, win!
Gather all the paperwork lying around your office, kitchen, drawers, and more, and separate it into simple, straightforward categories like bills to pay, important instruction manuals, coupons, and more. File this paperwork away, and consider scanning important documents into an online storage system.
Reorganize the pantry by putting together items that make sense. Put all dry pastas in one place, canned goods in another, and chips and snacks on the same shelf. Consider using baskets to store smaller items or individually packaged snacks. Make sure you check all the expiration dates, and throw anything out that’s no longer fresh. You could also rearrange spices by how often you use them—keeping popular items front and center for easy access.
Taking the time to deep clean your surroundings is a task often left for springtime, but why not check off a few of these to-do’s in the new year? Dust and vacuum hard-to-reach places like ledges, windows, light fixtures, ceiling fans, and the tops of cabinets; spot-clean carpet and upholstery; wipe out and sanitize garbage cans and recycling bins; and scrub the stovetop while letting the stove grates soak in hot soapy water.
Take a critical look at your house inside and out, and determine which areas may need a fresh paint job. Paint can fade over time, and general wear and tear can also make it look dull. If you have a decorating budget, creating a fun accent wall in one room is a way of mixing things up without a lot of work or money.
While the rest of your home is getting a much-needed refresh, consider giving your floors one, too. The start of a new year is a great time to evaluate your flooring options and make a change, whether it’s adding the plush carpet you’ve always wanted in your living room or updating the tile in your bathroom. Or heck, go for an entirely new wood look in your bathroom with a waterproof laminate or vinyl plank! The sky’s the limit. Now’s the perfect time to talk to a flooring professional who can help you find the floor that’s just right for your home.
While you’re considering the healthy lifestyle changes you want to make in the new year, don’t forget to add in some of these new goals for your home, too. Turn these home resolutions into a checklist and write down target dates for accomplishing each one so that you have a timeline of what you want to achieve and when.
Starting your year off with a list of goals to get your home in peak condition will set you on the right track to accomplish your other resolutions, too. After all, a healthy, happy home can impact everything in your life in a positive way. So whadya say? Let’s get this year started the right way!
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