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New Year Home Resolutions

Have you ever considered resolutions for your home?
Posted: January 09, 2019 by Rebecca Nutt

We’re only a week into 2019 so it’s not too late to set up some new year resolutions for yourself and your home! Have you ever thought about home resolutions? If not, it’s something you should consider. These resolution ideas will help you get your home decluttered and make it a relaxing space for you and your family.

Get Rid of Unwanted or Unused Items

We all go into the new year with a long list of new items we receive from loved ones during the holidays. This makes it the perfect time to start decluttering by removing all of the things that are unused or no longer wanted. And don’t just throw these things away! If they’re in a good condition, see if they can be donated to a local shelter or thrift shop.

Here’s a list of some items to consider donating this year:

- Lightly used furniture. Most thrift shops and donation centers will come pick up these items so you don’t have to go through the hassle of dropping it off!

- Toys! Once Santa comes around, there have to be some old toys the kids have either forgotten about or don’t use anymore.

- Jackets. Clear out that coat closet! People all over are in desperate need of coats during the winter months.

- Books. Donate these to a library or local school.

Don’t Buy Anything You Don’t Need

This point goes along with decluttering. And imagine all the money you’ll save.

If you’re someone that likes to shop, make a promise to yourself this year you won’t buy anything you don’t need for your home. And yes - this goes for the inexpensive, cute, MUST-HAVE throw pillow you found at Home Goods. Use the money you save towards a necessary fix or upgrade in your home.

But On the Other Hand…

If within a six to eight-month window you haven’t purchased a single unnecessary thing for your home and there are no fixes or upgrades you need to do… treat yourself! But make it a smart reward. Maybe you’ve been wanting to replace an old set of kitchen knives or maybe you want to upgrade your security system. Think about it thoroughly and decide what treat you want to purchase.

Appreciate What You Have

If you’re reading this right now then you’re probably in a place where you’re more well off than most Americans. According to the National Alliance to End Home Homelessness, over 500,000 people are experiencing homelessness in the United States. Take the time to not only appreciate what you have and be grateful for all the hard work you do the be where you are but also help those in need! You can donate items of clothing or volunteer at a local homeless shelter. Find out how you can help out more here.

Spend More Time with Loved Ones

This might be one of the more obvious resolutions, but it can be one that’s overlooked by many. This can be as simple as putting your phone away before sitting down at the dinner table with your family. Or inviting over loved ones that you haven’t seen in a while. Your home is a home for a reason. It’s meant to be filled with those who bring happiness to your life.


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