With the shortest days, and the longest nights of the year....January can certainly live up to the winter doldrum reputation that it has earned. However, we can always look at the positive side of cozy evenings curled up on the couch with a nice glass of wine, a glowing fire in the gorgeous flagstone fireplace in your lovely family room and a slower time of year to actually have time to sort out and simplify your life. So one of these nights, when it's too cold to do much of anything else, take advantage of the momentum that the phenomenal New Year brings to begin a NEW YOU, and a NEW REFRESHED & REVIVED HOME!
HERE ARE 10 IDEAS TO GET YOU STARTED:
DON'T PROCRASTINATE....GET THE HOLIDAY CLEAN-UP & PACK-UP DONE! Once the holiday's have come and gone we all go through the "holiday hangover" effect or the "post-holiday letdown".....or we just don't even want to think about taking it all down and packing it all up! After all, didn't we just take it all out?! Trust me, just DO IT! The sooner you get it started, the easier and quicker you get it done and the better you feel. Just make sure you take the time to wrap & pack things carefully so that nothing will break and that everything is labelled well and organized for next year's use. Then make sure you have cleaned each area extremely well! You don't want to be stepping on pine needles in June with your bare feet!
Give your Home's Command Center A Yearly Reboot: Whether or not you officially have a "command center" in your home or not, we all have a spot that housing our mail, and ends up to be the "catch-all" spot everytime we walk in the door....and where we sit to do most of our daily tasks. That may be your kitchen table, desk in your family room, an office, desk in your kitchen, etc. No matter where it may be...trust me....it always needs an annual REBOOT! What do we mean? Super clean your surfaces, repaint (if needed) and if possible, set yourself up to be more functional and time efficient this year! So many places carry a multitude of products to help you in this area, you could start at a Dollar Store, or an Office Supply Store. Where you shop isn't important, getting yourself set up and organized for the year....IS!
Create Some Space For Exercising Indoors: Since this is usually on 90% of the New Year's resolution lists, we are including it here (plus, it's always on our's as well). With winters being extremely cold in our neck of the woods, exercising outdoors becomes pretty much impossible- except for the few people who always amaze us at their dedication to run, or hike in crazy cold temperatures. Find a room, or even a corner where you can lay down an excersize or yoga mat, so that you can begin your healthy lifestyle choices.
Light some Candles & Buy some Flowers! This is a personal favorite, especially this time of year. It is the easiest way to boost your spirits on dreary winter days. If you don't want to waste money on Flower Bouquet's....buy some great potted plants that will give your home a nice splash of color and greenery to take you into springtime! The candles are great for the glow and the glorious smell! Get your favorite scent, or be adventurous and try several of the new ones out for the season.
It's time to Give Your Kitchen a Reboot: Just a tweaking...not a total makeover! Clean out all the unhealthy choices left over from the holidays, organize all the cabinets to support your lifestyle goals, and last but not least, clean behind all your appliances! It's not a chore we like to do, but once it's done we feel great! And it's a wonderful way to start off our new year.
Go through your FILES and ORGANIZE! Yes we all just love to do this, but this is the perfect time of year! Get all your Tax information together, Warranties, and other financials and paperwork. Then toss everything else you don't need. Believe me, once you actually get through it and can toss out a big load...or rather shred a big load...and be rid of it and completely organized for the new year. You'll feel like a weight has been lifted from you! Just make sure you have yourself set up for the new year. If you're all computerized, then make sure you've got your software set-up and backed up! If you're still doing things manually, they have so many cool gadgets to help you out you'll be good to go. Just make sure you complete the project before you move on.
Check your Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors- This is the time of year to do the annual inspection of every smoke & carbon monoxide detector in our homes. Replace all the batteries and check to make sure each unit
is in working order. I would also recommend that you go over an exit strategy with your family in the event that a fire would happen in your home. This doesn't require a lot of your time, but it IS a TRUE LIFESAVER in the event that a fire ever happens to take place in your home.
Check Out The Pipes in Your Home...Insulate If You Need To- Hopefully you had time to prepare your home for the winter weather and insulate your pipes ahead of time. However, if time did not permit, it is important that you do a complete check of the pipes in your home to make sure that you do not have any pipes that are at risk or freezing at this time (or there now). With the recent bout of below zero temps, our homes took a beating in energy costs, and area's that lack proper insulation were at risk even more. If you find pipes at risk, you need to remedy the situation immediately. Calling an expert in your area is highly recommended.
Organize All Those Family Photos into Scrapbooks or Photo Albums- Most of us are guilty of having loose photos around the home; some of us more so than others. This time of year is perfect for organizing those photos into actual scrapbooks or digital versions of the same kind. Either way, your family & friends will love to see what you have created and appreciate having the love & time you put into the project. BONUS!
Do All Those Decorating Touch Ups Through-Out The House! This is a fantastic time to do all those nagging little touch-ups that need to be done around the house. Not big renovations! Just touch-ups...but they are the kind that make your rooms have that "Polished & finished" look. So make a list, and go room by room....and this is the time that you can be picky and write down all the little stuff that's bugging you! Get it down and one by one, fix it, paint it, etc and cross it off! It's a great feeling to get it done all through the house!
So take advantage of this NEW YOU & NEW REFRESHED & REVITALIZED HOME and the resolutions and goals that you have set and give yourself the BEST OPPORTUNITY to make those goals a reality by setting yourself up for SUCCESS in every facet of your life!
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