New year, new you, new home! As much as there is to adore about the end-of-the-year holidays, there’s something so refreshing about cleaning up the decorations and starting the new year with a blank canvas. While thinking about the New Year’s resolutions, why not slip a few resolutions for the place where you spend the majority of your time, your home.
Create order from chaos
We’ve all experienced this – every year we accumulate a mountain of clutter. Someone breaks a glass, and suddenly, you have a matching set. You buy a few picture frames because you promised yourself to display your child’s birthday photos last year. You forgot to return that shirt that didn’t fit. The list goes on and on. This year, start by making a list of projects you’d like to accomplish around the house. Then, go from room to room and get rid of all the things you and your family no longer need or use. If there is no immediate reason for having a toy, decoration, or a shirt, then why have it? Instead, donate it – you’ll be happier all around. Once you’re done decluttering, revisit your project list and implement each of those things. While you’re at it, get everyone involved by making use of your kids’ helping hands (although you might have to incentivise them with a trip to the cinema or local zoo).
Keep It Cozy
It’s chilly outside – and that means parents must find ways to warm up the house. Aside from revamping the kids’ winter wardrobe with extra layers, there are many little changes we can make to keep the costs down while still warming everyone up. Start by draping blankets over the backs of the sofas. Not only does this spruce up the look of your living room, but it will also allow you to keep the thermostat lower. Accent your house with candles of different shapes and scents. They look great and they help warm your house at a very low cost. Most importantly, make sure your central heating is performing at its best. It’s easy to forget about the network of boilers, pumps, radiators, and pipes that make it possible for a comfortable home during the cold, winter months.
Better yet, have a professional inspect your central heating systems at least once a year. It’s recommended to have your heating system checked in the fall and the air con checked in the spring.
Invest and reinvent your home the smart way
While there’s something so satisfying about buying white tablecloths or a glass coffee table, there are many things that you’re naturally limited on if you have kids, but that shouldn’t stop you from being creative. Make it the year of polishing up the little things around the house. Splurge a little more on the rooms where the family tends to gather. Perhaps that leather sofa will be easier to clean from the occasional accidental spills. It may also be time to buy that new grill you’ve been wanting for family gatherings. Investing in the things that will encourage you to have people over and create memories will be totally worth it. After all, our homes are an extension of who we are, and what we make within those walls will play a big part in our everyday outlook and positivity all around.
A few small changes can make a big difference in how you feel about your home, so make 2019 the year that you really make it your own.
*This post was sourced for dadvworld.com – We do plan to really concentrate on the house in 2019, we’ve made a fair few notes!
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