Every January, we make plans and set our goals for the year. We set goals to better our health, our finances, and our relationships.
But what about our homes? The New Year is the perfect time to take a good look at your home and create a New Year’s resolution list for your home. We’ve kicked off the list with our top four January home resolutions to get you started.
Less is more.
Simplify your home by clearing out the nonessentials. A decluttered home helps us move through our day with ease; we're not spending all of our energy thinking about the mess! This can be an overwhelming task, especially if you have lived in your home for a while, or have kids. We would recommend tackling one room at a time. Create a list of the essential items in that room and begin getting rid of (donate if possible) everything else. When this is completed, remember the process and consider before buying, is this on the essential or nonessential list? Or better yet, ask yourself if the item will add value to your life.
Embrace Home Technology
The concept of a smart home is becoming increasingly popular. A smart home is exactly what it sounds like - the ability to automate and control the items in your home, all from the tip of your finger! From window blinds, to lights, and music and appliances, your home will work on your commands from your smartphone. One of the cool newer products in the smart home is Google Home. Powered by Google Assistant, this voice-activated speaker responds to your voice. Simply say "OK, Google" and ask Google to play your favourite music, add to your grocery list, dim the lights or turn up the heat. The Google Home even helps you tackle your day by sending you reminders, adding to your calendar or telling you the weather and news in the morning. The Google Home Mini starts at $79, and links to all of your Apple products through your Google account.
Closely linked to the smart home, home technology and safety go hand-in-hand. Keeping your home safe when you are at work or even away on vacation gives you peace-of-mind, convenience and offers an efficient solution to manage potential risks.
Some of the safety solutions you can use with your smart home include:
- Temperature alerts if the home loses power or temperature falls below or rises above a set threshold
- Water sensors can detect unwanted water in the home - from outside, or even appliances like your washing machine or dishwasher
- Smoke, heat and carbon monoxide detectors
- Alarm systems, motion sensors and security camera for intruders
- Smart locks to monitor home entry
- Smart light bulbs to remotely control or program lights while you are away
Based on where you live some of these alerts can save your home from long-term damage.
Make a plan
With a newly simplified, clean and smart home, it is now time to make sure it stays this way. Create a plan with your family on responsibilities throughout the week or month, such as who will keep areas of the house clean, chore lists and tasks to complete.
Here's a helpful rotation of home to-do's:
- Daily - wash dishes, or put them in the dishwasher before bed, and clean up all clothes. Dirty clothes in the hamper, jackets hung up in the closet, kids school items put away. Basically, bring everything back to its assigned place.
- Weekly - full house clean. If you have a family, assign rooms for each family member and have an hour once a week the family cleans together. This should take no longer than 45-minutes done this way! Make sure you have enough cleaning supplies so everyone can tackle their assignments together and put on some energetic music.
New Year’s resolutions don’t have to stop with your personal goals. Early in the year is the best time to look at your home and determine what goals and changes you want to make for a clean, simple and efficient home. We’d love to hear about your New Year’s home resolutions!
What is on your list?