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6 (Really Doable) New Year's Resolutions That Start at Home

January 3, 2023

New year, new goals

Now that January has rolled around, you must be really looking forward to a great 2023. You likely have personal New Year's resolutions in your pocket, such as losing weight or travelling to new countries, but what about the place where you've been spending the majority of your time, home?

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In the spirit of new beginnings, we've compiled a list of six resolutions to get you started. If you stick to these resolutions all year, you will undoubtedly end up with a lovelier, more organised, and more comfortable home to live!

1. Make a cleaning schedule/plan and stick to it

If you want to have a tidier, cleaner, and more organised home this year, you must have a proper cleaning plan/schedule. Without a cleaning plan, your home will never be as organized as you want it to be.

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Start by going from room to room and listing all of the ideal tasks that must be completed, then categorise them as daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. For instance, make it a routine to wash and replace your bed sheets and towel every weekend and air dry your mattress at least once a year. Having these chores written down and scheduled in your calendar will help you stay on track.

You can also use this article as a starting point.

2. Tidy as you go

To make your cleaning routine much easier in the future, do yourself a favour and make it a point to clean up after yourself after every use; your future self will be grateful! Adopting this habit will prevent you from becoming overwhelmed and stressed when you see a pile of mess.

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This includes dishwashing, folding your throw blanket, fluffing the pillows on your sofa before leaving the living room, and wiping down the stove after cooking. The more often you do this, the faster it will become your second nature.

3. Commit to getting rid of clutter

The start of a new year is an excellent time to declutter your home. However, unless you're Marie Kondo, the prospect of decluttering your entire home is likely to overwhelm you. Rather than approaching decluttering as one big task to cross off your to-do list, approach it room by room or drawer by drawer.

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Concentrating your energy on one area at a time will help you stay motivated and more likely to complete the task. And by the end of the year, you've most likely decluttered your entire home!

If you want to learn more about how to declutter your space more efficiently, this article will come in handy.

4. Start a zero-waste lifestyle

If you want to live a happier, healthier and affordable lifestyle, make it a goal this year to find small ways to reduce your energy consumption and make eco-friendly changes. Simple ways to consume less energy include replacing incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs, turning off lights when you leave a room, and hanging your clothes to dry instead of using a dryer.

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Installing a skylight in a room can help you to conserve electricity during the day

You should also consider minimising waste. When grocery shopping, buy only what you need for the week (e.g., by making a list ahead of time) and use reusable grocery bags. With just a few simple changes to your daily habits, you’ll waste less, consume less, and bring less clutter to your home.

If you haven’t already, make this the year the year you start recycling. Create a designated recycling area that is convenient for you and label it properly. This will make it easier for you to separate your household waste. You should also wash and dry your food and drink containers thoroughly before disposing of them in the recycling bin. Unwashed containers' oils and liquids can seep out and soak into paper, cardboard, and fabric, contaminating and rendering them unrecyclable.

If you plan to live a zero-waste lifestyle this year, this guide will help you get started.

5. Take care of your health at home

If taking care of your health is one of your broader goals for 2023, make it a goal to exersice more frequently. Turning a spare room into a gym or adding gym equipment to your home is a great way to help you to get started.

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You should also pay attention to your home’s indoor air quality. Nowadays, the air inside a house can be even more polluted than the air outside. Contaminants such as dust, pollen, and mould spores can be found in indoor air, and prolonged exposure to polluted air can lead to complications such as chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, and lung cancer.

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So consider investing in a permanent whole-house air purification system to filter out dust, mould and virus-size particles in your home. Portable air purifiers are a more popular option. These machines can be moved from room to room depending on their intended use. Other than that, installing localised ventilation in bathrooms and kitchens can help to easily eliminate smoke, cooking fumes, and humidity in your home.

Explore: Buying Guide: How to Choose the Best Air Purifier

Aside from that, you should think about committing to a healthier eating habit this year. One way to increase your chances of sticking to a new regimen of healthier eating is to give your kitchen a makeover that will make it a welcoming, pleasant place to cook.

Begin by decluttering your kitchen. Spend some time cleaning out your kitchen pantry and fridge, throwing out any unhealthy snacks or items that have expired and stock up on more nutritious foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

6. Restart your home improvement projects.

On your list of resolutions, include that project you’ve been putting off for far too long. Whether you're remodelling your kitchen, focusing on landscaping, or finally getting the bathroom oasis of your dreams, completing a project that will make your life easier is always worthwhile.

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