Every year the start of the New Year is a time to put away the past and greet the future with a new set of rules.
With just 8% of people actually achieving their New Year resolutions, we have come up with some easily achievable resolutions for your home.
1. De-clutter, streamline – and organise
It’s time to streamline the living space, get rid of the clutter and make your home a space of sanctuary again.
Pop all those unwanted presents in a present drawer – you never know when you may need use of a random present, and methodically go through each room in the house asking yourself, whether you need it, whether you will use it, if you like it – and if not bin it.
A skip day in January is like therapy for the home after the chaos of Christmas – and decluttering each room in the house will leave your home ready for the New Year – and perfect for creating new memories in the year ahead.
2. Forget the spring clean – it’s all about the New Year tidy up
Christmas has been and gone leaving in its wake a stack of pine needles, a slither of tinsel and the remains of the family tin of Quality Street.
Once you have de-cluttered your home, the next step has to be the big clean to create a sparkling space for the months ahead.
The New Year tidy up is all about learning to love your home again after the wealth of Christmas entertaining and cleansing the living space of left overs of the festive period.
Take one room at a time and arm yourselves with your cleaning arsenal while you mop, wash windows and wipe down skirting boards. It’s arduous, but we know that there is nothing like the sparkly feeling of a deep cleaned room. Starting with the living areas and your bedroom will provide a real sense of achievement – and a fresh room to start the New Year in style.
3. Health and safety
When did you last check your smoke alarm, do you have a carbon monoxide detector. Is your home as safe as it can be to greet 2015.
The fire service provides a free fire safety check of your home and will advise, and fit smoke alarms – and you get the benefit of a fire truck complete with fireman visiting your home – perfect for the young children (and mums) in the family.
Statistics say that between 30 and 50 people die each year from carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, with many more are injured from unknowingly inhaling this dangerous, colourless and odourless gas.
Installing a carbon monoxide detector, and ensuring your household appliances are properly fitted and maintained will help to keep your home and family safe. This handy guide from Which will take you through the best options to consider.
And finally, is your home burglar safe? All your Christmas gifts are potential bounty for burglars – and protecting your home from invasion of the swag bag fans is a worthwhile investment for your mind aswell as for your most treasured trinkets.
Some top hints and tips on how to deter the potential burglar from your beautiful home can be found here
4. New Year, New Home, Fresh Start, Blank Canvas!
De-cluttering may well cleanse the mind as well as your existing home, but it does all take time and significant effort. So celebrating the New Year in a brand new home could be a great alternative to get 2015 off to a flying start.
Moving into a new home that’s never been lived in before, can provide the perfect opportunity to leave your old clutter in the past and start a new life, leaving you with a totally blank canvas to make your own mark.
Here’s an idea for your new home - we love a good wall sign, echoing the mantra of your family home, a daily reminder that home is indeed where the heart is…
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