The time has come when everyone is making New Year’s resolutions – get healthy, spend more time with friends and family or make smarter financial decisions. But what about your home? Whether big or small, chances are your home could use some improvement. Wouldn’t it be nice to start the year off right with a clean and clutter-free home? Let’s talk about some New Year’s resolutions that would be helpful to improving your home (and everyone in it)!

Eliminate the Clutterclutter in the house

Man, what some of us would give to be one of those people whose homes are always free of clutter – am I right? For most of us, clutter is bound to build up occasionally – it happens to the best of us. Especially for those of us with teenage children who seem to like to keep small collections of their belongings scattered throughout the house. What better time to take on the clutter than at the start of a new year? Clear the clutter!

  • A cluttered home has even been shown to cause stress in your life – so kill two New Year’s resolutions with one stone and improve your health and your home!


Finish Off Those Unfinished Projects

Home improvement can sometimes bring out the procrastinator in all of us. We’ve all been guilty of planning a new project, starting it, stopping for a lunch break, and next thing you know it’s 6 months later and it hasn’t been finished. Guilty as charged. Well, now is the time to put the nail in the coffin on those unfinished projects – go ahead, add them to your list of home improvements for the New Year, and this time you might want to consider skipping that lunch break!

saving billsGo Green(ish) and Save on Bills

When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels to make a difference, and that simply isn’t the case. It just takes a little old-fashioned common sense. Here are some things that you can do to save on energy (and bills) in 2016.

  • Start simple by remembering to switch off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and turn down the heat at night.
  • Invest in a clothes drying rack to switch to that method as much as possible.
  • Give composting a try. Your garden will thank you.



Create a Weekly System for Cleaning House

Now that you are dedicated to making your home clutter free, let’s make sure it stays that way! In order for a weekly system to work, the entire family needs to be on board. You can even split tasks up between family members if that works. When you have a schedule in place for certain tasks/chores that need to be completed each week, things are more likely to get done.

  • Organize cleaning supplies in a portable carryall that can move easily from room to room.
  • Set a rule that all dirty dishes go in the dishwasher EVERY NIGHT – no excuses.
  • Dedicate a certain day of the week to each area of the home – Bathrooms on Tuesday and Thursday, laundry on Monday and Wednesday, etc. Experiment and discover what works best for you.
  • If you divide tasks up between family members, set a rule that certain things must be done before leaving the house for extracurricular activities. strategy learning


Once you get the ball rolling on these improvements, you may unleash the motivation for even more home improvements in 2016. Make your New Year’s resolutions count this year and make improvements that will lead to a happier home!


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