New Year’s resolutions for your home

A new year means that it’s time to make new resolutions. We usually tend to think of how we want to change ourselves but this year, we encourage to look at your home and consider how you want to improve it. Now, we’re sure your list is endless, but it’s important to make your resolutions plausible so that you don’t get discouraged. Start small with items that you know you can implement, then make longer goals. Here are three suggestions:

Resolution #1: Have a tidy home
Plan: Create a cleaning schedule

We all know that mess is inevitable. You’re running late, you grab the wrong thing, you’re too tired to put it away – there are endless reasons why mess starts to accumulate. However, it’s how you deal with it that makes all the difference. Instead of feeling defeated as soon as the mess comes back, create a schedule so that you regularly clean the messy areas. Stagger the days so that you don’t have to do five tasks one day, but rather one five-minute task each day. For example:

  • Wipe down the bathroom every Monday
  • Clean off the kitchen island every Tuesday
  • Vacuum the entryway every second Wednesday
  • Hang up your clothes every Thursday
  • Do your laundry every second Friday

Resolution #2: Use less energy
Plan: Create new habits

Look at your utility bill and see what costs you the most money. Perhaps you need to turn off more lights, run the dishwasher less, set a schedule on your thermostat so that the temperature is lower when no one’s home. Some of this will become a habit once you get used to the change, however, others may need more reminding of why it’s important.

Resolution #3: Declutter your home
Plan: Decide what’s going and what’s staying

Decluttering your home is a very cleansing process. Once you start digging into dresser drawers, bedroom closets and basement shelves, there’s no telling what you’ll find. A basic rule of thumb is that if you haven’t used it in a year and see no immediate need for the item, toss it. When it comes to getting rid of your items, there are plenty of options:

  • Sell them: If your items are still in great shape and you think you could get some money, consider selling it online or at a thrift store. If you feel like saving your items up for summer, a garage sale can be a fun way to meet your neighbours and get rid of old items at the same time.
  • Donate them: If your items still have some value, there are plenty of places around the city to donate items to the less fortunate. Consider places like the Mustard Seed, Goodwill or the Women in Need Society.
  • Toss them: If they are old, broken, have holes or don’t work properly, get rid of it. No one else needs your old junk.

Start small and work your way up. There will always be more projects for your home so pick the ones you want to do most and get started Calgary!

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