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January 2, 2013 admin

Improve Your Home for 2014!

With an increased chill in the air, it’s no surprise that winter is here. Thanksgiving has come and gone, and now Christmas and New Year’s Eve are fast approaching! And with a new year comes those New Year Resolutions. We all make them, but few ever follow through for the whole year. This year, make your resolution about your home. A clean and organized home will give you increased energy…maybe enough to follow through on those other resolutions you always make!

A Cleaner Home is a Happier Home
After the holiday season, your home may need some TLC. Organizing your home and taking care of clutter may sound difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. A few simple tasks in individual areas of your home can make a world of difference!

Keeping Your Kids Organized
If you have kids, implementing a chore chart (and sticking to it!) will instantly help your home feel cleaner and less chaotic. Be sure to include all of the chores that kids loathe: doing the dishes, taking out the garbage, cleaning their room, and completing homework. Make sure to create a reward system, since kids work well with gratification that they can work towards. If they know that they will get rewarded, they are more likely to complete the chores that are assigned to them. Better yet, change the internet passcode daily (or weekly) and don’t let them have it until their chores are all done.

Make Use of Empty Spaces
Do you have a lot of empty space around your home? Empty nooks and crannies can be filled with shelves, and organized based on what part of your home you are in. Have a cluttered closet? Empty boxes can be covered in colorful construction paper and then used to store various odds and ends at the top of your closet. This is an easy and inexpensive way to keep your closet neater. Another quick trick: arrange your clothes by the category they fall under. Sweaters next to sweaters, dresses by other dresses and so on. This way, when you go to pick clothes out of your closet, it’ll be easier to find what you’re looking for, saving you time and energy!

Clean Up Clutter
Now that you have a clean closet, it’s time to conquer the junk drawer. Everybody has one; they usually are in your kitchen, filled with nails, tacks, papers, and other miscellaneous items. Once you tame your junk drawer, you’ll be feeling more organized and ready to take on the rest of your home! A great way to tidy the clutter is to buy some teacups from a vintage or thrift store. You’ll be surprised what you can find for $5.00 sometimes. Take the teacups and organize your random, small items. Have a rubber band cup, a paperclip cup, or whatever makes the most sense to you. When things have a home, you’re more likely to stay organized and put them back where they belong.

Create a Home Office and get more work done
You may think that creating a home office is a frustrating task and impossible to finish, but it’s not. For greater creativity, paint the walls blue (a color known for improving focus and its calming properties) or, if you can’t devote a full room to your office, have blue and white accents in your office area. This could include furniture, folders, or desk accessories. Keeping your new office organized is key! Even if you have a small space to work with, you can easily work organization into your office.

Recycling Turned Organizing
An easy way to do this is to recycle old soup cans. After washing and rinsing them out, they make a perfect pencil and penholder. Purchase some color coordinated folders or binders and keep projects color coordinated. You’ll find that doing work is easier to do when you know where everything is. If your office space is a small corner or nook, you can easily buy a divider to put around your space. This way, your office is secluded and you have some privacy and peace and quiet to complete your work.

Don’t forget about your Yard!
Yes, it may be winter, and snow is on the ground, but this is the perfect time to stock up on gardening supplies, such as bulbs and seeds to plant in the spring. Because it’s the off-season, you can get some great deals on plants. This leaves you with a little extra money to make the rest of your yard beautiful. Consider buying bird feeders, hanging planters and some lawn furniture. Studies have shown that having a beautiful landscape can actually increase the value of your home. Your yard and garden are the perfect place to showcase your creativity and individuality.

You may be wondering why these should be your resolutions for the new year. Organization and a clutter free home can change the way you view your day to day tasks. Your productivity levels can increase, as well as your happiness in your home. With less to worry about, you can focus on the things that are important, like your family and their wellbeing.

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