A new year; a new set of resolutions. Don't forget to include your living spaces in your masterplan for self-improvement. Commit to these New Year resolutions for the greater good of your home.
1. See to repairs
To start with, start the year by attending to any repairs you've neglected: leaky plumbing, an overgrown lawn, peeling wallpaper -- you name it. Walk through your home and make a list of what needs repair or fine-tuning. Commit to their upkeep and maintenance regularly.
Make an inventory of things that you don't need or want anymore. Donate them to charity, or sell them on a yard sale or on online marketplaces. Once you've rid your home of its excesses, commit to keeping it as such. Be more discerning when buying new furniture and other things for the home. Bring in only items that you need and which keep you and the atmosphere productive and positive.
3. Keep to a regular cleaning schedule
A clean home is invigorating -- not to mention good for one's health. Keep to a cleaning schedule -- ideally weekly -- to keep your home tidy. Spic and span living quarters minimize deterioration of construction elements, furniture, appliances, and other possessions. It's an effort that lends to preserving your home as your living space as well as an asset.
4. Save water and energy
Lend a hand to efforts for environmental sustainability. Reduce water and electricity usage under your roof. Simple measures can amount to larger savings -- for instance, unplug electrical appliances when not in use; replace old light bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs; opt to use recycled water for flushing instead of clean water from the tank. If you want to go bigger, look into installing green infrastructure and technology, like solar panels.
5. Be financially responsible
Take measures and efforts to be more financially responsible this year. Make sure you pay your monthly dues on time, whether they're bills, rent, or mortgage fees. Work toward eliminating your debt, however incrementally. Spend more wisely and save money for your home.