If you haven’t made your New Year’s resolutions yet, there’s still time! Resolutions are a fun way to better ourselves and make our lives a little easier. Here are a few resolutions you could make this year to improve your home.
1. Resolve to clear out that clutter
One of the easiest and least expensive ways to clean up your home is to remove all the unnecessary stuff we tend to accumulate. Purge those boxes, drawers and cabinets of anything you don’t need. Start with one room (your busiest room in the house, like the kitchen) and go space-by-space and carefully evaluate whether you need a particular item.
If you come across an item (like an obscure pleather cleaner or special tool that’s good for one item), consider removing it to a less trafficked place like a storage room.
2. Resolve to create a weekly cleaning system
Cleaning is much easier when you create a system and stick to it, rather than running around the house in a craze when company is about to come over or it gets so messy you can’t stand it.
Pick a system. It doesn’t matter what. Any system will do. Maybe you like to vacuum all the rooms at one time once a week, or you prefer to do one room to completion at a time. It’s up to you, but make sure you stick to it. Also, don’t be afraid to enlist other people and hold them accountable for their fair share.
3. Resolve to entertain more
If you need motivation to keep your place tidy, invite people over more often. Tell the kids to bring friends around more and have your colleagues over for dinner.
Most of us have a level of cleanliness we’re willing to accept, but we want others to see it cleaner than we normally keep it. (Not that anyone is dirty, but that pile of clean laundry could sit in the basket for a few days… except when someone’s coming to visit.)
4. Resolve to add labels
How many times have searched through boxes or bins looking for that one item you’re sure is around somewhere? I know I have!
It would probably be too much of a pain to add labels all of your stuff now, but resolve to start adding labels where appropriate going forward. When you put the holiday decorations away for the year, slap a label on the box (“ornaments – stockings – lights”) so you don’t have to fish around next year.
5. Resolve to shrink your electric bill
The electric bill is the one bill we have a lot of control over. We can decide how much energy we consume. Monitor your last month’s bill and figure out places you can save. Was the TV running in the background often? Did you run the dryer more than you needed when line drying would have been fine? Check your bill carefully each month to track your progress.
Maybe you want to take your home resolutions to the next level. We've outlined 4 ways you can go green at home!
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
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