It’s easy to focus on personal resolutions when the New Year rolls around. But often we forget about the place we spend most of our time – our homes! So this year, turn your attention to what you can improve inside your home. Here are five tips from HGTV.
Clear out the Clutter
Over the year our home becomes a dumping ground for stuff. Without a yearly purge, it becomes easy for your possessions to take over your house. Resolve to go room by room to assess what is no longer being used. A good rule of thumb is if it hasn’t been used in a year, donate or toss it. If something is broken, worn, or otherwise useless, cut the cord and throw it away. Think beyond clothing. Consider DVDs and video games, linens, board games, kitchenware, junk drawers, and old electronics.Gather them up and donate them to a local charity.
Safety and Maintenance
Commit to keeping your family safe and sound by running through a seasonal checklist of things to ensure your home is in tip top shape. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1 in 15 homes have elevated levels of radon, a colorless, odorless gas that’s responsible for about 21,000 lung cancer deaths a year. Kits to test for radon can be found at your local hardware store for as little as $20. This is also a great time to check your smoke detectors (and replace their batteries) and add carbon monoxide detectors to your home.
Go Green and Save Green
Making an effort to be more “green” doesn’t have to involve solar panels and electric cars (though that’s one way!). If you want to make your house more energy efficient while trying to save money, consider adding low-flow showerheads and energy efficient light bulbs. Turn off power strips and unplug electronics not in use and if you’ll be doing some landscaping this year, select drought tolerant plants so you can get away with watering less.
A Place for Everything, Everything in its Place
Assign each of your possessions a “home” and ensure everything gets returned to its home on a nightly basis. Wrangle clutter by getting your family to commit to returning everything they’ve used to its “home” each night before bed. Have a busy household? Make cleaning less daunting by assigning a cleaning task per day, that way you aren’t overwhelmed by cleaning the entire house in one afternoon.
Make it Comfortable for Entertaining
Is one of your resolutions to spend more time with friends and family? Consider the entertaining spaces you have and if they work well for your needs. Take a look at the seating arrangement, for example. Would the room work better for your family’s needs if you re-arranged the furniture for a better flow? Added a rug for comfort? Or a side table to set drinks? Sometimes just switching out throw pillows on your couch is all you need to achieve a new look!
At D.R. Horton we understand the importance of loving your home, in fact, we’ve been providing families with homes they love for over 35 years. If the New Year has you considering a new home, we’d love to help. Contact us today!