New Year, New (Home) Resolutions

If you’re like most of us, you rang in the new year with at least one ambitious resolution. Start exercising more? Travel more? Be a better person? Get more organized? Any of these are noble resolutions for 2018 and find themselves on tripsavvy’s Top New Year’s Resolutions list for 2018. But what about those resolutions for one of your life’s most valuable investments – your home? Here are some home-worthy New Year’s Resolutions for you to consider for 2018 that will make your house an even better home this year.

  1. Finish that “Honey-Do” List

One of the biggest barriers to completing your to-do list around your home is that the items on the list keep piling on faster than other projects on the list are completed. Perhaps try tackling the current honey-do list first – before adding any new projects. One helpful strategy may be to separate the lists into priorities, such as 1) Critical 2) When possible 3) Wish List. Another strategy is to tackle those existing projects on your list in order of time commitment, finishing the quickest projects first. Additionally, consider setting aside designated time to tackle these projects – perhaps a half day every other Saturday.

  1. Paint cans and colored brushes on white backgroundUpdate Paint Colors

Almost nothing is as comforting as a fresh coat of paint and updated colors to bring the best out of your home – and its occupants. The right paint colors can be inviting, inspiring, comforting, and soothing and can positively impact the health, morale, and attitude of its occupants. Pantone’s color of the year is Ultra Violet 18-3838. While perhaps not suitable to deck all the walls in your home in this color, an accent wall with the right colors, furnishings, and lighting might just work. Keep in mind that Pantone selects a new color each year, so be sure not to pick colors in haste that you can’t live with for a few years – or until you want to paint again.

  1. Declutter

Nothing hinders progress (and Feng Shui) more than clutter. Psychologists have long theorized and proven that clutter is a form of mental baggage, weighing down the minds and spirits of those who keep it. Regina Leeds, professional organizer, bases her work on the premise that learning to organize is one piece of the puzzle – that cluttering is merely a symptom of a greater inner psychological issue. A decluttered home (and business, for that matter) environment will enable greater concentration, increased creativity, improved sleep, and many more invaluable benefits. The new year is the perfect time to take the first step and declutter your home – and your mind – to make room for the personal goals you have in store for 2018.

When you work on your New Year’s Resolutions for 2018, don’t forget to include some for your home on your list. Your home – and your psyche – will reward you for it.

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