A new year is a time for new beginnings. That means creating resolutions.
And New Year’s resolutions are all about changing old habits into productive ones.
So this year, make your resolutions about your home! If you focus on these four New Year’s resolutions for your Lexington home, you’re sure to create a happy and healthy lifestyle for you and your entire family.
Declutter Your Space
Since Marie Kondo’s book on tidying up became a #1 New York Times bestseller, de-cluttering your home is now a trend.
But this trend is definitely one you want to keep.
When your home is filled with clutter, it affects your well-being. You become stressed and anxious simply because your surroundings are in jumbles.
So this year, clean up your home and your mind by de-cluttering your spaces.
One of the best places to begin is the closet. It’s common for people to hide things away in closets, making the space cluttered to the point where it’s hard to find the things you actually need.
To start your de-cluttering process, create three piles:
things you want to keep
things to donate
thing to throw away
This will help you stay organized during the process.
After you’ve finished sorting your items into these three categories, put the items you plan to keep back in their places—but this time in an organized manner.
Make it your goal for the year to do this in every room of your home.
Donate What You Don’t Need
This goal goes hand-in-hand with the last one.
When we hoard things we don’t necessarily need or find joy in, they pile up and create clutter.
To free yourself of this clutter, donate the things that you don’t need. Not only will you be cleaning up your house, you’ll be helping out the community as well.
You can donate all types of things, like clothing, furniture, and homegoods, just to name a few.
To go above and beyond with this New Year’s Resolution, don’t just donate once, do it throughout the year. At the change of every season, go through your home to see if you have any more items that you can donate.
Lighten Up on Your Energy Use
If we’ve learned anything from 2019, it’s that going green is more important than ever. And you can make your mark by switching up simple things around your own home this year.
Simple habits like turning out the lights when you leave the room make all the difference in terms of your energy use.
Another trick for saving energy is by turning down the temperature at night and when you leave the house. You don’t really need too much heat during these times, so why not save a little bit of energy where you can.
You can make your home more energy efficient by switching out all of your light bulbs for LED ones. They are far more environmentally-friendly than the average incandescent bulbs and they last for much longer.
If you make this your New Year’s Resolution, you’re bound to save some money, as well as make an impact on the earth.
Create a Weekly Cleaning Schedule
Cleaning the house is one of those things that we hate to do, but can’t get away from. Usually, when we put it off, the clutter amasses, resulting in a humongous mess.
But this year, make it your resolution to keep your family on top of household chores.
The best way to do this is by creating a weekly cleaning schedule. Make a list of chores that you need to do daily, weekly, and monthly. This can include things such as washing the floors, or laundering the sheets.
When you create this schedule, don’t forget about the outside. Check your garden on a regular basis to see if weeds need to be whacked or low-hanging branches need to be trimmed.
If you live on a horse farm, be sure to keep up with your cleaning in the barn. Make it a habit to clean out the stalls and alleys on a regular basis, as well as the feeders and troughs.
When you make cleaning a regular habit, you’ll find that the work only becomes easier.