Give your house extra attention in the coming year by setting reachable goals that can save money and get you organized.
Self-improvement goals like hitting the gym and eating more veggies are fantastic. But have you ever considered setting home improvement goals in January, too? Unlike committing to a new exercise routine, these New Year's resolutions won't require waking up extra early—and they may even save you money.
The Importance of New Year's Resolutions
Resolutions motivate us to accomplish big things. Tackling them also makes us feel part of something, as we know others have similarly high aims in the new year. Plus, resolutions promote optimism. Remind yourself: you can and will accomplish your goals!
5 Smart New Year's Resolutions for Your Home
You may have ideas unique to your home that you'd like to focus on, but if you need inspiration, here are a few suggestions.
Taking shorter showers to dry up water consumption.
Using energy-efficient lighting to power down electricity bills.
Set a cleaning schedule. Adopt a system that splits up cleaning tasks by day, week and month. Break them down by room so you have a thorough day-by-day checklist for the kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. No matter who's cleaning, they'll know what to do.
Make an emergency plan. Just as you created an emergency fund to prep for tough financial times, you should have an emergency plan and kit for physically grueling times. Your kit should include a flashlight with extra batteries, cell phones and chargers, water, and nonperishable food. Show your family where the kit is stored and agree on a place to meet outside the home in an emergency.
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