Every year on January 1st we set our resolutions for a better year. This year let’s apply some of those resolutions to our homes instead.
1. Check your batteries
Get out your ladder and check or replace your batteries in your smoke detector. Same goes for your carbon monoxide detector too. This is often the most overlooked appliance in your house, but it can help to keep your family safe from a possible health hazard or fire. Carbon Monoxide detectors are the be placed on every floor with a bedroom and usually cost around $40. You’ll also want to double check places that could easily cause a fire, for example your lint trap, ducts and vents too.
2. Reduce your bills
The new year is the perfect time to try to reduce your energy costs. It’s a good time of year to reduce your carbon footprint and unnecessary bills too.
- Find out what is the peak time for hydro and try to use less energy during those times. That means running the dishwasher overnight or washing your clothes in the evening (or weekends) to keep costs as low as you can.
- Turn off the lights in the rooms that you are not using.
- Install fluorescent light bulbs.
- Turn your heat or air conditioning down at night.
3. Embrace the 1-minute rule
The 1-minute rule means that if something takes less than 1-minute to complete you should always do it, no matter what. This includes hanging up your clothes at the end of the night, filing a bill you’ve just paid, putting your dish in the dishwasher… the possibilities are endless. When you think about a task and realize that it will only 1-minute, it makes it a lot easier to do it. It’s when you have 20 1-minute tasks to do is when it gets daunting and messiness happens. There are things you can do so that even more 1-minute tasks can happen. Such as having cleaning wipes in the bathroom so you can easily give your sink a good wipe, or having a garbage can by your front door to throw out junk mail.
4. De-clutter (and donate)
Each year we get more and more things, we usually think these things will help us be more organized, but the reality is that it just adds to our clutter. This year, go room-by-room and see what you actually use on a daily basis. If you haven’t used it in 6 months, maybe donate it to those who could actually use it. This goes for clothing too! If you’re nervous about donating clothes that you purchased but haven’t worn in ages put it in a bag in the back of your closet. If you don’t find yourself searching through the bag in 6 months, donate it! It’s usually hardest for clothes that we’ve spent a lot of money on, or had hopes of fitting into. But if you think about how someone in need could actually use these clothes today, it will make it a lot easier.
5. Put away the Christmas decorations
Don’t be the person on the block that doesn’t take down their Christmas lights or is hauling off a very dead Christmas tree to the curb in February. Taking down your Christmas lights when it’s freezing outside doesn’t sound like a lot of fun, and you may want to rush through this process. Make sure that you take your time and properly store and organize your lights for next year. That goes for Christmas ornaments and other holiday decor around your house! Your 2017 self will thank you. Feel free to leave Christmas decor and lights up until mid-January, but don’t leave it too long after.
We hope that we’ve inspired you to take charge of your 2017 resolutions and change the focus to keeping your home organized.