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New Year Resolutions For Your Family Home

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The new year is almost upon us, and like many of us, you will probably be considering your resolutions; those promises to yourself that will better your life in the year to come and beyond. Whether we stick to them or not is another thing entirely, but the best way to achieve our resolutions is to make a specific plan.

In this article, we will be talking about those resolutions that are based around your home life. To boost your happiness and comfort levels, we have some ideas that we think are worth putting on your resolution list. We hope you find them useful.

Resolution #1: Keep a tidier home

Are you tired of all the clutter in your home? Are you forever trying to keep on top of your chores? If so, action a resolution that will support the need for a tidier home. Not easy with kids in tow, we know!

Tip #1: Walk around your home and identify anything that is surplus to requirements. If you don’t like/need/want it, don’t keep it, and that includes any unwanted Christmas gifts that will only add to the clutter in your home. By decluttering your house of unnecessary stuff, you will have less clutter (obviously) and less to add to your household chores. Sell, donate, or recycle anything you no longer want to keep.

Tip #2: Why should you do all the housework? Get the rest of your family involved, and create a family housework chart. Make this the year that everybody chips in with the chores, and if your partner and kids don’t like it, remind them that they need to take steps to live a tidier lifestyle!

Resolution #2: Do something to enhance your living space

Are you tired of looking at the same four walls? Is your decor becoming outdated and stale? Then set yourself a target to beautify your home, adding anything that is going to add to your happiness and comfort levels.

Tip: Think about the textures and colours that attract you. From your wall space to your furniture, consider giving your living space a new look with the styles that ‘speak’ to you. You don’t need to pay the big bucks either, as you may be able to get what you want from your local discount furniture and DIY stores, or you may be able to give your current furniture a makeover. Create a list at the start of the year, paying special attention to the parts of your house you don’t like. Focus on these as a priority as you set about enhancing your home, setting yourself a budget to perhaps add one thing each month to create a better environment for you.

Resolution #3: Commit to one renovation

If you are perfectly happy with the way your house is, and/or you don’t want the stress of a home renovation, then fine. But if there is any kind of renovation that will add both value to your home and to your life, then you might want to set yourself at least one renovation target this year.

 

Tip: Think practically. A renovation project can be expensive, so choose something that will benefit your family. These patios would be great for the summer months, perfect for entertaining family and friends, and great for your kids if they need a safer outdoor environment to play. Or consider converting one of your rooms into something else. A home office for you or your partner. A games room for both young and old. A new bedroom if your kids are sick of sharing a room, or if you are expecting the pitter patter of tiny new feet. Speak to your family at the start of the year, consider where you might add a conversion, and start to price up renovation costs with firms near you.

We wish you and your family a very happy new year!

 

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