Maybe you've already settled on a new year resolution for yourself, but why not also give your home a little extra love in the new year? Check out these 6 ideas for new year resolutions that are all about improving your home sweet home.
1) Make your kitchen more family-friendly.
The kitchen is one room in your home that is perfect for bringing everyone together. After all, everyone has to eat! Add some seating—depending on the size of your kitchen, this could even be as simple as a few fold-away stools—to invite folks to stick around while you're cooking. Have some easily-accessible and healthy snacks—a stocked fruit basket should do the trick. And if you have young children, get a sturdy step stool so they can help out with easy tasks.
2) Get organized about important home maintenance tasks.
Every year, there are things you should do to keep your home in tip-top shape: HVAC tune-ups, fireplace inspections, clearing leaves from the gutters, and so on. But these things can be easy to overlook. To make sure you don't miss anything important, set calendar alerts on your phone to remind you when it's time to do certain seasonal tasks. Then sit down and schedule all of the annual tune-ups and professional services you'll need for the year (if the companies will allow you to set appointments that far in advance).
3) Liven up your home with plants.
If you're on a budget, the best way to decorate is with plants. You can fill an empty corner with a huge potted palm, let a pothos vine trail from the top of a tall bookcase, or line a shelf with a few small succulents. And don't be afraid to treat yourself to fresh flowers every once in a while.
4) Declutter your home—and keep it that way.
It always feels great to get rid of clutter. You create more space in your home, and you get the opportunity to do some good by donating your items to a charity. But that's just part one of decluttering. The second part is being more mindful of items you bring into your home in the future. Make sure you're not just filling up your home with more "stuff."
5) Fix all of the small things.
You know what I'm talking about—that section of wood trim your puppy chewed up three years ago, the jiggly doorknob, all of the crooked wall photos, and that mysterious stain on the carpet. Commit to fixing all of those minor flaws that have bugged you for years but you've never quite gotten around to.
So, what plans do you have for your home this year?