The new year has a powerful energy to it. There’s a spirit of reinvention in the air. Everyone is setting new goals and mapping out how they want their year to go, which is great. As a homeowner (or an aspiring homeowner), it’s also important to set some home-related resolutions as well. Your home, after all, is an extension of you and your family and it deserves to look and feel its best too. So, depending on your vision for 2020, here’s five homeowner New Year’s resolutions we recommend committing to this year.
Resolve to tackle your home maintenance to-do list
When life gets busy, which let’s face it is pretty much all of the time, the things that need to be fixed around the house tend to get put on the back burner. So for 2020, resolve to give your home some TLC and finally get through your home maintenance to-do list. Begin by writing out a list of everything you’d like to get to, whether it’s fixing a leaky faucet, giving the carpet a good wash, or cleaning the gutters. Once you have a clear to-do list, the next step is to pencil some time in your calendar to actually get it done. You can also outsource these tasks to a pro to save you some time.
Resolve to save up for a new home
If your big 2020 goal is to purchase a new home, then make saving a priority. Take a full-picture look at your finances (you can enlist the help of an expert if needed) and map out how much money you’ll be able to allocate to your new home savings fund each month. It’s also a good idea to take inventory of where you can cut costs in order to maximize how much you put into savings. You’d be surprised how much little tweaks can make a difference. For example, simply cooking more meals at home and making your own coffee can save you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year.
Resolve to get an emergency kit
Although most people can agree that having an emergency kit at home is a great idea, the truth is not many people have one. Let this be the year that you actually get it done so you’ll have peace of mind knowing your family is prepared. To make it easier, break up the project into baby steps so it doesn’t seem like such a daunting task. Start by writing a list of everything you need to buy and then figure out which stores you need to hit to purchase everything on your list. Or, better yet, look for an emergency kit that’s already pre-packed to save time and energy.
Resolve to stick to a realistic cleaning plan
Between piles of laundry, junk mail, dirty dishes, and other day-to-day clutter, keeping your home tidy can sometimes feel like an impossible task, but it doesn’t have to be. For 2020, create a cleaning plan for you and your family. The key is to make it realistic. It’s easy to get overzealous and think you’ll have the time and energy to do it all but that probably won’t be the case. Remember: Life gets busy. So create a plan that’s so easy you can’t not commit to it. For example, you can resolve to do a 10-minute tidy up session after dinner every night. That alone will help keep the clutter at bay.
Resolve to get home renovation plans in motion
Whether you’ve been wanting to fully redesign your kitchen, build a custom closet, or remodel any other area of your home, use this new year energy to be the kick in the butt you need to finally get the project started. The key with this resolution is also to keep it realistic and break it up into tiny steps as to not overwhelm yourself. Start with the financial part of it. Get clear on how much everything will cost you and make sure it fits into your budget. Then you can dive into the fun part and start dreaming up your vision for the space using the help of a designer or Pinterest.