January is a time for fresh starts and new beginnings. While you are making resolutions to improve your health and fitness, consider making these 3 changes to your home. A change in your living environment can make a world of difference in your personal outlook for the coming year.
1. Clear the Clutter
This is the easiest way to make your home feel fresh for the new year. After you put all of your holiday décor away, revel in those clean and contemporary lines left behind. Leave some space on your mantel or shelves. Negative space can be as impactful as thoughtfully placed memorabilia. Go room-by-room and resolve to remove at least 10 items. You can donate items that you don’t use, wear, or love to local charity programs. Invest in some smart storage solutions for items that you do not use regularly but want to keep nearby. This article from Coldwell Banker gives you space-saving furniture and visual tricks that can open up and add function to your compact home.
2. Make your home much smarter
Smart homes are no longer fiction that exists in cartoons for kids. They’re here today. You may not have invested in any smart home features yet… but you have probably looked into it.
Coldwell Banker defines a smart home as:
“Smart home: A home that is equipped with network-connected products (aka “smart products,” connected via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or similar protocols) for controlling, automating and optimizing functions such as temperature, lighting, security, safety or entertainment, either remotely by a phone, tablet, computer or a separate system within the home itself.”
Consider a Nest Thermostat . You can adjust the temperature of your home from your home or smart device to adjust to changing temperatures during the day. I can’t tell you how many times I have come home from work to find that I have been heating an empty house to a balmy 70 degrees all day! You will save yourself some money on your energy bill and some heartache with your spouse with this easy upgrade.
This Halo Smoke Alarm earns is keep by alerting you to natural disasters such as fire, tornadoes or hurricanes that can endanger your safety at home.
“Halo is the only smoke alarm to combine dedicated sensor technology to quickly detect both fast and slow-burning fires and carbon monoxide in a single device. Smart sensors can tell the difference between a false alarm and a real fire.”
3. Tackle your Honey-do-list
Have you been putting off minor maintenance and repairs on your home until you have more time? There’s no time like the present to start tackling some of those projects. You will increase the value of your home and stave off major repairs by doing routing maintenance. Consider some of the following tasks:
- Sealing drafty windows
- Silencing squeaky floors
- Adding an alarm system
- Checking batteries on your smoke alarms
- Update the sprinkler timer for winter (winter yards are dormant need less water)
- Installing motion-detecting lights on the exterior
- Servicing your air conditioner
- Weather-stripping doors
- Changing the furnace filter
This year make a resolution that sticks. If you’re a homeowner, consider making one of these resolutions that can really save you money and improve your quality of life in the long run.
Happy New Year from all of us at
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