While many New Year’s resolutions revolve around health and personal habits, the start of a new calendar year is also a natural time to set goals regarding your home. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Make a wish list. Walk through your home and take note of any minor repairs or major improvements you’d like to complete this year. Plan out a rough timeline of when you hope to tackle each one and start a savings plan for more expensive projects.
- Conduct a safety check. Purchase a radon testing kit from a hardware store, and install carbon monoxide detectors in your home. Make sure chimneys are clean and in working order. Clean or replace the duct and vent behind the dryer to prevent a possible fire hazard.
- Minimize. As you put up and take down holiday decorations, consider donating the items that you no longer use to a thrift store. Purge your closet of clothing and shoes you haven’t worn in the past year. Throw away broken toys, clever gadgets that no longer work and unneeded financial records.
- Create a cleaning system. Determine daily, weekly and monthly tasks to keep your cleaning on track. Mark off chores on your phone or a physical checklist. Delegate responsibilities to family members as appropriate.
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