New Year’s Resolutions For…Your Home!

    We are two weeks into the New Year which means we are all two weeks closer to accomplishing (or not) our New Year’s Resolutions! If you are like the majority of the population, your resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, attend church regularly, read more, etc. But have you ever thought about making resolutions for your home? Think about it: how your home feels directly affects how you feel. For instance, is your home disorganized? You’ll be frustrated. Is a room unpainted? You’ll be annoyed. Do you trip on boxes as you walk through the garage? Your day will be off to a bad start before you reach the car. Why not make a resolution to improve where you live?

    Home Resolution Tip #1 – Narrow your focus.

    Courtesy of HGTV.com
    Courtesy of HGTV.com

    We all have projects we’d like done around the house. Better landscaping, repaint the bathroom, organize garage, transform basement into bonus room, etc. Here’s a tip: FOCUS. Choose one room, and make that your focus and do not stray from that project until it’s complete. Give yourself a timeline for this project. It could be one day (reorganize bathroom) or take up to several weeks (kitchen remodel.) Once the project is complete, move on to the next! You’ll be amazed how tackling projects like this will leave you with a great feeling of accomplishment!

    Home Resolution Tip #2 – Sometimes, it’s the little things.

    Image courtesy of Lowe's - Never Stop Improving
    Image courtesy of Lowe’s – Never Stop Improving

    Improving your home doesn’t always have to mean a huge project like a remodel, painting or spending lots of money. Sometimes addressing the small items will have the biggest impact. For instance, consider de-cluttering your kitchen. Aren’t you sick of opening up the cabinet and experiencing an avalanche of Tupperware? Or, do you really need 24 dinner plates? Your bathroom – why does one person need 5 bottles of shampoo? Ladies – do you really plan on using that old make-up you’re storing in that plastic box? Minimizing ‘stuff’ truly brings about a sense of peace and order. Good rule of thumb: if you didn’t use it last year, donate, sell or trash it.

    Home Resolution Tip #3 – Get inspired.

    Courtesy of Designer Trapped via RealSimple.com
    Courtesy of Designer Trapped via RealSimple.com

    When making resolutions for your home, a few will more than likely be maintenance focused while others are about organization. But if you have loftier goals such as redecorating or remodeling, the best thing you can do to help yourself is to search for inspiration and ideas. Nowadays, we have plenty of media sources for ideas such as Pinterest, HGTV shows, magazines, online sites, blogs, etc. If you see something you like, save it (either online or print it out for a notebook.) Having these ideas and photos readily available will help you when you are planning your course of action. (Side note: Pinterest is actually incredibly helpful for organization tips as well! Not just decorating!) Bottom line – You are not alone in this…help is out there! Good luck!

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    Jennifer Carstensen

    RE/MAX Real Estate Experts 901-685-6000 License: 317824 Office License: 262452

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