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New Years Resolutions for Your Home

Category: DIY Tips

The new year is a time for many people to begin anew, start new projects, make personal amends, and set goals. While often these resolutions focus on us — our bodies, our family and friends, our careers — it can be equally important to make resolutions for your home and living spaces.

Studies have shown that the more satisfied and safe you feel with your home, the happier you are in general. It settles the mind to get in that Feng Shui mode as well as to have peace of mind when it comes to safety. So, we’re here to give you some tips on not just making your home a more enjoyable place, but also more efficient and innovative.

1. The obvious one: get organized!

Some of the best ways of organizing your home (and keeping it that way) are utilizing storage space and containers (see our selection here), keeping a chart, which can also involve your kids with chores like cleaning and decluttering, and coming up with a system of organization for things like mail, bills, important paperwork, coupons, and more. Doing these things keeps extra “stuff” out of your daily view, and in turn helps you feel confident that you can find what you need when the time comes.

2. Learn how to save on energy:

  • LED bulbs are much more efficient and now come in warmer tones and dimmable options for a more homey feel. Use a lighting calculator to measure energy and cost savings. Check out our selection of LED light bulbs.
  • Water heaters expend energy storing hot water. The Department of Energy says tankless water heaters are 8% to 34% more energy-efficient than standard water heaters, depending on usage.
  • Going solar no longer has to involve ugly roof additions. You can special order solar products from us — just ask!

3. On that note… go greener!

Going green may seem similar to saving energy, and it is, but it goes a little further than that. It has to do with climate conservation, sustainability, eco-friendly building, and even making your home more healthy for you and your family.

  • Change out laminates and carpets for more natural hard surfaces (and recycled, too!) like bamboo or cork — ask us about flooring options in this category!
  • Test for, and remove asbestos or lead paint (by hiring a professional, of course; this is not safe to do-it-yourself).
  • Need to paint? Go with a low- or no-VOC non-toxic paint. Benjamin Moore, the line of paint we carry, offers these in an assortment of sundries and we can mix it to any color you please!
  • Start composting. This can really come in handy as gardening season approaches and is great for the environment, reducing waste.

4. Fix those pesky, but easy DIY tasks.

Have a loose wall plate? A nick in the wall? Leaky faucet? These are all pretty easy fixes but we tend to put them off until we REALLY need to get them repaired. Take time in the beginning of the year to tackle your list of simple To-Do’s and you’ll feel much better about your home!

5. Improve your home’s safety.

This one is common sense, but many people haven’t taken the time to ensure their home’s safety. Make the time! Many of these tasks are quick and easy to do and cost-friendly as well.

  • Make sure you have fire alarms installed and working properly.
  • Use carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Have fire extinguishers nearby any fire hazardous areas (kitchen and laundry room most notably),
  • Install a home security system and change locks every now and then.
  • Consider investing in a relevant insurance for your home to protect you if an emergency occurs.
  • Keep up with maintenance on all your home such as generators, HVAC, roof and gutters, etc.
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