We often make New Year’s resolutions for our body and lifestyle, but something we don’t always think about is kick-starting some changes in our home. This year why not think about make some resolutions that can be implemented in your house?
It doesn’t have to be anything huge, but if you are looking for some easy changes to make around your home in 2015, we’ve got some great ideas to get you started:
Use Less Energy
When people use the term “going green”, they often think of large, costly solutions such as installing solar panels and buying electric cars, but there are actually quite a few ways you can easily cut energy usage around your home.
Lights are used in all the rooms of a property; they are turned on when someone enters the room, but often get left on once the room is vacated. Try and turn off the lights in your house if they aren’t being used. The same goes for appliances, such as televisions and consoles – if they aren’t being used, don’t leave them on standby; turn them off at the wall.
Try and keep your fridge as full as possible, and do all the washing up in one go – don’t leave the tap running as you scrub each dish. Once the weather gets nicer you can also start drying your clothes outside to save having to use the tumble dryer.
Clear the Clutter
One of the easiest ways to give your home a New Year’s overhaul is simply to clear it of clutter. Most houses end up with tons of gadgets, appliances and clothing that we simply don’t need. It can be hard enough to find somewhere to put all our “stuff” and it usually just leaves our homes feeling messy and disorganised.
Go through your home room by room and be strict about what you don’t need – a good rule of thumb is that if something haven’t been used or worn in the last 6 months, it can go. Divide your clutter into piles of things that need chucking out and things that can be given to charity.
Try and store anything you do want to keep that may cause clutter in a neat and organised way, such as putting shoes in a rack and keeping piles of DVDs in a cupboard. Regularly clear up your counters and make sure everything has a home.
Keep it Clean
Cleaning your house is never fun, but it usually only becomes completely overwhelming when you’re faced with cleaning your entire home in one go. Try and do one room at a time or one type of cleaning, such as hoovering, as this will make the whole process faster and more systematic.
Before you go to bed every night, make sure the dishes are all in the dishwasher and there are no crumbs or debris left on the counters. Put away any laundry and try to keep the house at the same level of cleanliness each night, this way you are likely to wake up feeling better about your home.
Keep all your cleaning products in a portable carryall so you can move them from room to room, and try to get the whole family involved, this will significantly speed things up.
Grow Your Own
If you have a garden or balcony, then it can be a wonderful thing to grow and eat your own herbs and vegetables. Work out how much space you have available and then plan out what you would like to grow.
Creating your own vegetable garden can cover many aspects of the healthy lifestyle many people want in 2015. You will get regular exercise from planting, maintaining and harvesting your food, and it will also encourage you to eat better things.
Growing your own vegetables will save you money on your weekly supermarket shop and will make your garden or balcony look great. You will also impress your friends and family the next time they come round for dinner if you can say you grew the food on their plate yourself.
Stay Safe and Sound
Your home may be wonderful, but is it as safe as possible? When was the last time you checked that your fire alarm and carbon monoxide detector were working properly? Carbon monoxide can be a silent killer, and it is easy to forget to change the batteries in your fire alarm.
Take time to walk around your house and check for any broken cables or exposed wires, and turn plug sockets off when you aren’t using them. Walk around the outside of your house too and check the tiles on your roof and the branches on any trees in your garden.
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