So you’ve started the diet and vowed to visit the gym more often in 2018 but what about thinking about some New Year resolutions for your home? We’ve been contemplating some rules that could improve life in your home. Here are our top 9 tips…..
Loose the phone in the bedroom
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It starts with a quick scan of Facebook and then a quick game of Ballz but it never end there! The instant gratification and cognitive stimulation that comes from staying connected, results in a later and later bedtime. Just think how much sleep you could get without your phone distracting you from just how tired you really are? By banning the phone from the bedroom, you’re giving your brain the opportunity to slow down and relax rather than be stimulated. Revel in the sanctuary of your bedroom, let your remaining thoughts wander and let your sleep naturally drift in, you’ll feel so much better in the morning.
Make your bed every morning
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And while we’re in the bedroom, what about a resolution to make your bed every morning? It’s so easy to leave this task when you’re running five minutes late but force yourself and you’ll start the day off on the right foot. And while you’re at it, change your sheets once a week too (of third of us leave them on for fourteen days!) There’s no better feeling than getting into a bed with clean sheets on.
Put clean clothes away
This is a big bug bear in my house (you know who you are!) Don’t leave a stack of clean clothes out and then pull from it throughout the week. Just put them away – not putting clean clothes away just creates clutter where it’s not needed.
No shoes in the house
Slipping your shoes off is and easy way to protect your health and your floors. Research has shown that things like the chemicals that you put on the lawn, coal tar that’s used on asphalt roads, bacteria, toxins and E.coli from outside can easily get on your shoes and be tramped through your house – yuk! You probably want to keep dirt to a minimum on your floors, especially if you have children, as they often put their hands in their mouths, or have toys on the floor and put them in their mouth too. Another plus to keeping your shoes at the door, it can cut down on how often you have to clean and it’s a good excuse to buy one of our lovely shoe cupboards!
Update just one room
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Go a little bit greener
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When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels or a hybrid car to make a difference but the best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home. For example switch off the lights when you leave the room, install low energy light bulbs, dry your clothes on the washing line rather than the tumble drier, recycle the waste in all your bins, not just your kitchen and even setting your PC to sleep when not in use. Small changes can make a big difference.
Make your home safe
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Your home may be beautiful but is it safe? There are a few things that every homeowner should do to ensure that they’re not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk. Make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every floor and remember to change the batteries on fire detectors.
Tidy some clutter but start small
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The month of January is the ideal time to start an de-cluttering project. Take one small area of your home each week and give it a makeover. Begin with small projects like a kitchen cupboard or the space under the stairs and work up to larger jobs like bedroom drawers.
Appreciate what you already have
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Your home protects you and your loved ones. Why not make a resolution to appreciate and focus on what you already have in your life, rather than things on your wish list? Read books from own shelves, try a new recipe from one of your cookery books, listen to some music that you haven’t played in a while or watch an old favourite movie with your family.
Do you have any goals or New Years resolutions for your home? We’d love to know, so comment below.