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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Spend less time on Netflix. Eat healthier. Most New Year’s resolutions are made in the spirit of improving your health and quality of life. While personal New Year resolutions are wonderful, New Year’s resolutions for your home are also a great idea. Creating a more peaceful and organized external environment can help you stay strong while you’re working on making those internal changes. We’re sharing our top 5 New Year’s resolutions to keep your house safe, healthy, and beautiful.

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Be more grateful for your abode – It’s easy to focus on your home’s flaws and imperfections. It’s easy to lose sight of what “home” really means. Your guests aren’t going to be complaining about the scratches on your table, they are going to be enjoying the delicious meal you cooked and the delightful after-dinner conversation. When they grow up, your kids aren’t going to remember the ugly tile in the bathtub, they will remember you washing their hair every night. This year, try to focus more on the positive things about your home.

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Be more mindful of your home – We often take our homes for granted. If something is not broken, we forget that it’s functioning. This is the perfect time of year to create a seasonal maintenance plan for your home. You can schedule HVAC maintenance or gutter cleaning on your phone and set alerts to remind you when it’s seasonally appropriate. If you don’t own your home, this might involve setting reminders to contact your landlord to change the air filters or schedule a carpet cleaning. This year, try to make regular maintenance a priority.

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Be more organized – Your home should be a sanctuary. It’s hard to feel relaxed and comfortable when your home is in disarray. Get rid of what you don’t need and designate places for the things you need to keep. Just make sure you put things back where they go. Being organized isn’t a one time event, it’s a lifestyle.

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Create a safer home – One of the most important things you can do this year is to make sure your home is safe. You might need to change the batteries in your smoke alarms or carbon monoxide alarms. If you have a fireplace, make sure to have that maintained as well. If you have children, you might need to put locks on cabinets or padding on the edges of tables. Creating a safer home will help make 2016 a wonderful year.

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Be open to change – Don’t be afraid to try new things this year. Very few home upgrades can’t be undone. Don’t let fear stop you from making changes to your home. There’s no reason to live with blank walls or old, worn furniture. You can always fill nail holes if you make a mistake hanging your artwork, and you’ll probably love your new sofa for many years to come.