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When the festivities are over, families face difficulty of tackling a brand new year. Often, New Year’s resolutions focus on self-improvement and only rarely on plans for the home. A brand new year allows us to make a fresh start and one of the ways to do this is by reorganizing your home, clearing the clutter, and allowing positive energy to fill your abode. Here are some ways to achieve these goals:
Clear the Clutter
Every year, we acquire stuff – tons of stuff. All of these items can pile up, and without regular purging, it can cause our home to have too much clutter, which makes your home look cluttered, dated, and dirty.
Come 2020, resolve to go room-by-room to look for items that don’t serve their purpose and clothes that no longer fit. Donate them to charity or sell them. Remove broken items from your home. After purging, be methodical about what goes in your home. Mementos should be appropriately organized. Make sure your counters are free from items that you don’t use daily. Before you know it, your home will feel fresher.
Keep it Safe
Don’t just stop at making your home look beautiful. Resolve to make your home safe for your family. If there are repairs that you have to do, do them now rather than postponing them until the problems become worse. It is also wise to see if your house has any potential hazards or fire risks. Use this time to double-check what’s included in your home insurance like what’s included in home insurance by Allstate. See what repairs are included in their coverage so you can start your renovations as soon as possible. If you don’t have home insurance yet, start thinking about choosing one.
If you haven’t yet, it is time to go green. Do your part in helping the environment by reducing your carbon footprint. This practice will also help you reduce your utility bills in the process. Even little changes in your lifestyle can make a difference in the environment. Teach your kids the importance of switching the lights off when leaving a room and reducing the use of air-conditioning and turning the heater down. The use of LED bulbs and reducing the usage of your dishwasher and washing machine could significantly help in lowering your monthly bills.
Follow a Cleaning System
Often, clutter piles up because homeowners do not follow a system of cleaning their home. When a mess becomes too much to handle, they address only what is in front of them and end up postponing other cleaning tasks. It is vital to have the mess under your control at all times. To address this, you must follow a cleaning system such as what should be done on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. For instance, dishes should be done daily while entire home cleaning should be done weekly. Purging of unused items could be done monthly or every six months. It is also important to delegate tasks to the entire family, including the kids.
Visitors in Mind
One of the most effective ways homemakers can keep their home organized and clean at all times is to think that a visitor can pop in any time. If you have this thinking in mind, you will be more conscious of how your home would look to your guests. It would also help to set up an area in your home that can become the spot for entertaining guests. Bring in indoor plants and spruce up your living room.
A clean and organized home attracts positivity. If you want to achieve a happy home, keep it clean, and you can start the process sooner rather than later.