New Years Resolutions are notoriously hard to keep, but not impossible! While we can’t help you get to the gym every day or cut back your screen time, we can help you find ways to tackle that to-do list you’ve been avoiding around your home.
Resolution #1 – Create a Clean Routine
Kick off 2024 with a clean start! Creating a routine that fits your schedule will go a long way in helping you stick to your resolutions, even for cleaning your house! For some, this looks like choosing a day each week to get all the cleaning done at once. For others, breaking up the tasks over the course of a few days helps them stay on top of the clutter.
Starting off with a deep clean right after the holidays is also a great way to give yourself a mental reset as we settle into a new year. Tackle those spots that you have been avoiding for so long and give them the attention they deserve, like stove hoods and baseboards. While you’re at it, help improve the air quality in your home by dusting hard to reach places and replacing furnace filters to keep you breathing easy all winter long.
Resolution #2 – Save Energy
Trying to keep the house warm and cozy all winter can get expensive, but there are a few simple hacks that can help save you money on your energy bill in 2024.
- Cover small gaps in windows and doors with weather stripping or caulk.
- Convert to LED lightbulbs (they use approx. 85% less energy than traditional bulbs!)
- Beware of phantom power – unplug chargers, small appliances like toasters and power strips when not in use.
- Do less laundry loads and wash in cold water when you can.
- Close the damper on the fireplace to keep the heat in, just don’t forget to open it next time you cozy up by the fire!
Resolution #3 – Try DIY
If you’ve got “Try something new” on your list of New Year’s resolutions, you can start right now in the comfort of your own home. DIY projects are a great way to breathe new life into pieces you already own, take care of pesky repairs, and invigorate rooms with a fresh look. When the weather outside gets frightful, working on a new project is a great way to pass the weekend and update your space without breaking the bank.
Here are a few ideas that you can accomplish easily over the course of a weekend.
- Recaulk your bathtub
- Organize your closet
- Paint or wallpaper a room
- Update kitchen hardware
There is no universal hack for keeping to your New Year’s resolutions, but by starting small and sticking to a plan, you can set yourself up for success in 2024 at home and in life. What are your goals for the new year? We would love to hear them! Share your resolutions by tagging us on social media.
Written by Makena Schoene