The decorations are down, the house is looking bare and we’re busy planning how to make 2018 our sparkliest year yet. And whilst we mostly focus on being healthier and happier, what we do in our homes can make an enormous difference to our overall well-being. Follow our timely tips for getting your house into shape this year:
Clear the Clutter.
One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to dump the junk! All those lovely Christmas gifts need new homes and some of the older items could find a more useful home somewhere else. We all acquire a mountain of stuff; cupboards and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes harder to find the things you use and enjoy the most.
Make it a New Year’s resolution to clear anything that you don’t use, wear or love. Donate the items to charity or sell on one of many local buying and selling sites. Hide useful, but not beautiful, items such as DVDs and remote controls. Store kicked-off shoes in simple woven baskets and group similar items together on sleek trays for a stylish and clutter free look.
Get Hanger Happy.
A fun tip to apply in your wardrobe: Hang all your clothes in the same direction. After you wear an item, return it to the wardrobe facing the opposite direction. After six months, you’ll be able to quickly identify which clothes you don’t wear and which ones could be sold or donated to charity. This tip can also be adapted to children’s toy chests and even the kitchen cupboards.
Shrink your Bills (and your carbon footprint too).
When we think of ‘going green’, we can assume it requires a big investment such as solar panels or a hybrid car to make a significant difference. However, this isn’t necessarily the case. There are so many smart and small ways to reduce energy bills and the best place to start is by cutting your energy use in your home:
- Remember to switch off your lights when you leave a room.
- Install energy saving bulbs and low-flow shower-heads.
- Fill your dishwasher or washing machine before you press start.
- Turn off your electric devices when not in use, instead of leaving them on standby.
- Give composting a try – your plants and garden will thank you in the spring.
These small things really can make a big difference to your bills and your carbon footprint.
Recycle, file or frame:
If it’s recyclable, throw it in the bin as soon as you no longer need it.
File it if it’s important.
Frame it if it’s a child’s work of art!
Your 2018 Mantra: ‘Need not Want’.
No matter how much we bin, recycle, rehome or sell, most of us have a tendency to acquire more stuff throughout the year. Foster the habit of mindful spending: Every time you find yourself in a store considering a purchase, ask yourself whether you really need the item. Bring it home only if you love it and know exactly where you will put it. Use the money mantras from MoneySavingExpert: Do I need it? Can I afford it? Will I use it? Is it worth it?
Taking back control of your home can mean less to clean, less to organise, less stress and even less debt which will create more time, focus and energy for working on your passions and achieving your goals for 2018. Have a wonderful year!