New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home


Multifunctional interior with green chair

 

At the start of every year, we set goals for our health, well-being and even finances. But what about for the home?

 

These home-improvement resolutions will help make your home cleaner, more gorgeous and enjoyable in 2019.

 

laundry room

Clear Clutter

Take the time post-holidays to clear items you no longer wear, use or love. Start room-by-room to keep it manageable, stay organized to avoid duplication and donate any excess to charity. Lightening your home’s load will make it look instantly cleaner and support less-fortunate families in your community with those items taking up precious living space.

 

High Angle View Of Weekly Cleaning Plan Form

Cleaning Schedule

Divvy up daily and weekly tasks for maximum tidiness. Complete chores daily, like dishes in the dishwasher, dirty clothes in the basket, clean clothes in the closet — everything in its place. Clean the entire house weekly with ease using a portable cleaning caddy stocked with supplies, an apron for easily accessible tools and focusing on one type of cleaning task at a time.

 

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Safety + Efficiency

Ensure your home is safe by replacing smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. Don’t forget to test for radon and check bathroom, attic and dryer vents, also. Lower your bills and lessen your footprint by installing LED bulbs and low-flow showerheads, adjust or schedule thermostats, run only full loads of dishes and laundry, power down or unplug items not in use, water less and compost more — to name a few tips.

 

Angle view of living room

Rearrange to Entertain

Get a fresh new look for hosting friends with a few updates. Adding plants is a cost-effective update that also helps clean the air. Pick an accent color for your entertaining space and add it throughout with a vibrant rug or a stylish throw pillow. And, of course, the timeless trick of rearranging furniture brings new energy to any space.

 

Trick-or-Treating Safety


Three Children In Halloween Costumes Trick Or Treating
 

Keep your kiddos safe this year with the following trick-or-treating safety tips.

Costumes

 
• Make sure that costumes fit well, including shoes, masks and hats to avoid trips, falls and restricted vision.
 
• Consider adding reflective pieces or glow sticks to your child’s costume.
 
• Test costume makeup on your child’s skin before Halloween night.
 
• Props, including swords and knives, should be soft and flexible.
 
• Do not use decorative contact lenses, as they can cause serious damage to the eyes.
 
Walking
 
• Have each child carry a flashlight with them when they walk.
 
• Keep to sidewalks as much as possible, and walk on the side of the road that faces traffic. Urge children not to cut across yards or streets, and to steer clear of alleyways.
 
• Remind children to use common safe-walking practices including using crosswalks, looking both ways, and no running.
 
• Stay alert when walking, and avoid using electronic devices.
 
• Children under 12 should have adult supervision at all times. Children 12 and over should trick-or-treat in groups.
 
• Only visit well-lit houses with porch lights illuminated.
 
In the Home
 
• Keep your porch illuminated for guests.
 
• Keep jack-o-lanterns and luminaries on elevated surfaces where they can’t be easily kicked over. If opting to place these decorations on the ground, use battery-powered, flameless candles.
 
• Clear your front lawn of any toys, bikes, or gardening equipment.
 
• Restrain pets so they do not come to the door.
 

Candy

 
• Be sure your child eats a full meal before filling up on candy.
 
• Check your child’s candy and discard anything that looks questionable, spoiled, or is not factory-wrapped.