It’s 2021: Time To Reset our Homes!
Goodbye 2020! Hello 2021! It’s finally the start of a new year, time for a reset. Nothing major, just some clutter clearing and instilling a few new habits. It may take a month or two, but if you tackle one task a day you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish.
Declutter and Organize
Although slightly cliché, decluttering is always on most people’s resolutions list—for good reason! Stuff piles up quickly as we go about our daily lives. Start small, go room by room to purge paper and other little items. Once the room is tidy, reorganize. Add a few bins, a new laundry basket or maybe it’s a completely new closet installation. For inspiration watch “The Home Edit” on Netflix.
There are many ways to make your house more eco-friendly, including sealing drafts, choosing energy star appliances and keeping your thermostat at the right temperatures. If you haven’t already, make the switch to LED light bulbs, install a low-flow showerhead, fix dripping taps, and only use cold water to wash clothes.
Accidents happen. Poisoning, falls and fires are most to blame. To prevent poisoning, safely store and responsibly dispose of medication and chemicals. To avoid falls install non-skid rubber mats in the kitchen and bathrooms, and keep floors clear of tripping hazards like toys or shoes. To prevent fires, clean out the dryer vent, replace air filters in the furnace and make sure appliances and electric outlets are in good working order.
Ready! Set! Host!
Fingers crossed, social distancing restrictions will be lifted once the vaccine has been widely administered, and we’ll finally be able to gather with friends and family. In the meantime, give your home a makeover. Renovations have been a big trend during the pandemic. Even just doing up one room, can add an uplifting boost! Paint the room or just one accent wall, add a new rug, some new art or even just a new plant. Pinterest is full of good ideas.