We love the fresh start that comes with a brand new year just as much as we love coming up with our New Year’s resolutions. As January rolls around we declare it time to wipe that slate clean and work towards your goals toward improving your home and habits for the future. In order to help you create your list, here are our top 9 resolutions for the best year yet.
1. Stop Buying Things That Don’t Make Your Heart Sing
New Year, new things? We know how fun shopping is but how often do you end up buying things you don’t need?
This year aim to buy only the things that you need, and the things that make your heart sing. By being intentional with your purchases, you’ll make sure you’ll only have things that bring you joy and happiness.
2. Buy One, Throw One
With all the holiday and weekend sales, it’s always so tempting to snag that perfect rug or bigger bookshelf you’ve been eyeing for a long time. Truth is, you probably already have something similar stashed at home.
Aim to ensure that bringing a new item home is balanced by donating, throwing out or giving away one item. This will help you to ensure you don’t build up a lot of clutter and double up on things you already own.
3. The 20 Minute Rule
Cleaning can get us down. How does it build up? It’s hard and boring to allocate an entire day to cleaning.
Instead, set a timer for 20 minutes and clean the house, with no distractions. You’ll be amazed at what you can get done in 20 minutes and once the timer is done; stop! Repeat the next day and your newly found daily habit will help you get more done in less time.
4. What Is This? Get Rid of It!
It’s easy to collect different paraphernalia throughout the year. Leaflets from catering companies you’ll never use, old junk from a Christmas cracker, the-bit-for-the-thingy-but-you’re-not-sure-where-the-top-bit-is (don’t pretend you don’t know what I mean!). Before you know it, you’ll find items lying around your house that you don’t even remember buying.
If you find something you’re not sure you still want or what it’s even used for, get rid of it. If you’re worried about losing something important, have one box for that kind of thing. But as soon as it’s full… it’s time for it all to go in the trash.
5. Reduce Carbon Footprint
Do your part this year by reducing your carbon footprint! There are so many methods you could use to cut down on waste, and energy usage.
If you haven’t started yet, why not? Start small by separating your waste into paper, glass, plastic and metal. Mother Nature will thank you.
6. Stop Procrastinating
It’s true that you can put off the dishes for later, or get the leaking sink fixed or the ceilings repainted when you find the time.
But if it only takes a few minutes to tidy the kitchen, or to schedule the call to the handyman, don’t wait. This way, you’ll avoid having to worry about them all week long.
7. Developing Your Hobby
If you’ve been wanting to try out yoga, get into painting, or learn a new instrument, now is the perfect time to start.
Delegate a space in your house where you can work on that hobby regularly and be inspired.
8. Keep Your Home Organized with a Command Center
Having a command center at home is a game-changer for keeping on top of home engagements.
The start of the year is a great way to plan out ahead and create a system that makes it easier to remember tasks and important dates for the family. For inspiration, take a look at The Caldwell Project’s kitchen command center reveal.
9. Reconnect with People
Time flies without us noticing. This year, aim to reconnect with friends and loved ones you haven’t seen in a long time.
It helps to have your home or garden ready for entertaining guests to make it easier to plan out your gatherings. Ready, set, call your friends.
We hope you enjoyed our New Year’s resolutions. What will you be working towards doing better this year?