Well, it’s 2021 and I’m sure most of us hope this is a better year than 2020.

If you’re floating into 2021 with a little bit of time on your hands considering we’re still locked down in many parts of the country, it may be time to do a little TLC on your own home. While we’re making New Year’s resolutions about reading more, eating better, and exercising more, here are a few items to put on the list to improve your house. Here are five New Year’s resolutions for your home.

#1. De-clutter.5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

Even if you’re not planning on selling your home now is a great time to de-clutter the house, especially if you’re putting holiday decorations away. Most people take the weekend after Christmas to put their decorations away so it’s a great time to clean out the holiday closets, pare down any decorations that you know you just don’t want anymore, and donate, sell, or throw away the clutter.

#2. Make a list of home maintenance.

Now is a good time to make a checklist of any home maintenance projects that you put off in 2020. I know, a lot of us had plenty of time on our hands but we still may have procrastinated on those home improvement projects. Do you have a broken icemaker, rattling furnace, scuffs and gouges in doors and walls? All of these little things can be tackled one at a time. It’s not even something that you have to worry about all at once but by making a checklist, you can get it out of your brain, see it in front of you, and check it off as you go.

#3. Keep a checklist for ongoing home maintenance.

Once you’ve tackled some of the projects that needed to be done, make a list to keep up on home maintenance items. This means perhaps scheduling service on your furnace, HVAC systems, water heaters, gutters, and other home maintenance materials and items. By scheduling it out and putting it into your calendar, you can prioritize these items and make sure that your home is kept in tip top shape.

#4. Start on the curb appeal.

While most yards are looking pretty drab these days, you don’t need to undertake an entire landscaping project in the middle of January. But, it might just take a good cleanup by raking, pulling weeds, pruning trees, and trimming bushes. By keeping ahead of the landscaping maintenance, your home and your property will thank you for months to come.

#5. Get a jump on spring cleaning.

While your de-cluttering and prioritizing maintenance, you can also get a jump on spring cleaning. Make a list of the items that will need cleaning over the next couple of months such as window and door tracks, decreasing the top of the refrigerator and cabinets in the kitchen, wiping down cabinets and countertops, cleaning out closets, under the stairs, and cupboards that typically don’t get a thorough cleaning.

By making a New Year’s resolution for your home you can take at least a few things off of your plate. It’s amazing what cleaning and decluttering your house can actually do for your mind and your emotions. It can cause you to be much less stressed, create a sense of calm and peacefulness in your home, and those little maintenance tasks won’t be gnawing at you come summer, when you really just want to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

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