The holidays are over, there’s only a handful of leftovers in the fridge and all the family is finally out of the house. What might spring to mind to start off the new year is getting back in shape after all those big December meals. But another great area to look for resolutions in is your home.
Here are six ways to kick start the new year with a fresh perspective on your property.
- Give your house some TLC. The last thing anyone is thinking about during Thanksgiving dinner is giving their carpet a deep clean. Now that you’ve got some more time to breathe, it might be just the right moment to freshen up the paint on that part of the wall all your party guests leaned on or actually put all the china back up in the dining room cabinet. Your home is the backdrop for so many great memories and a little extra time spent sprucing it up can help it recover from the holiday rush it helped support.
- Why wait for spring? Clear out the clutter. There’s nothing wrong with a little spring cleaning. But in the last vestiges of your vacation time, it might be worth dedicating a day or two to finally clearing out the back of the closet or that corner of the attic you’ve been meaning to get to. Starting the year off with a home that’s running like a well-oiled machine sets a great example for habits you can continue for the rest of 2016.
- Set a cleaning schedule now. Speaking of clearing stuff out: Do you remember running around the house last minute to pick up before the guests arrived for that holiday party? It happens to the best of us. However, it’s easy to forget to set aside some time to keep things clean. If you dedicate 15 minutes a day to each room of the house — kitchen, bedroom(s), bathroom(s), living room, and hallways/common areas — you can keep your space tidy all year long.
- Re-evaluate your expenses. The holidays are an expensive time of year. Between travel and gifts, there are a lot of seasonal expenses. Not to mention the basics it takes to keep your home nice and toasty throughout the chilly months. With the beginning of the year, and the eventual need to collect receipts for tax season, January is a great time to see where your biggest household expenses were and plan ways to reduce those in the new year.
- File that paperwork. Tax time is decidedly not the most wonderful time of the year. But collecting all the end of year paperwork now helps you to get in order and get that much-anticipated refund check. Collecting all that holiday mail has perks, too: it’s a great way to update your contact information for your loved ones and keep in touch.
- Remember, resolutions are habits you have to learn. Willpower is a muscle that you need to exercise. A great plan for cleaning doesn’t work if you nap through your 15-minute window and perfectly filed paperwork on Jan. 1 means nothing if by March it’s a mess again. A little patience while you establish positive habits spells success for you — and for your home.