January 3 2019

New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

New Year's Resolutions in Shelby Township 2018

HGTV came up with some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful and functional place in the coming year. Here are a few of our picks for the best home improvement resolutions for 2019.

Streamline the stuff
One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Each year, most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy. This year, resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don’t use, wear or love and donate it to charity. After that, think twice about what you bring in.

Make it safe and sound
Your home may be beautiful, but is it safe? Here are two things that every homeowner should do to ensure that they’re not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk. First, make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector in addition to fire detectors. If a furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you. This is a small investment (you can buy detectors for about $40) for such an important safeguard. Another common danger? Dryer lint. In addition to the lint trap after each load, regularly clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint may seem innocent, but it’s highly combustible, according to the U.S. Fire Administration, accounting for more than 15,000 building fires a year.

Shrink your energy bills (and your carbon footprint in the process)
When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels or a hybrid car to make a difference. The best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home.
  • Turn off the lights when you leave a room.
  • Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house, and dial down your furnace at night.
  • Install LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads.
  • Wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.
  • Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.
Work out a weekly system for keeping your house clean
Here are a few tips for keeping the mess under control. EVERY day, dishes go in the dishwasher, dirty clothes go in the hamper, jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet, and toys are put away. Bring everything back to its assigned place. Each week, clean your entire house, using these tips:
  • Keep all of your cleaners in a portable carryall that moves with you from room to room.
  • Stash cleaning tools such as a toothbrush, sponge and cloths in a builder’s apron that you wear when you clean.
  • Work around the room clockwise, cleaning from high (cabinets) to low (floors.)
  • Focus on one type of cleaning at a time. Wipe down cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that’s done, finish by sweeping and mopping floors.
Source: HGTV