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New Years Resolutions For Your Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Design and Decorating, Family

Have you already started making your list of things you’re going to improve in 2012?

Get fit/lose weight, Don’t commit to more than you can handle, Prepare healthy and nutritious meals for the children

Etc., etc., etc…well, best wishes! While you are making a list we encourage you to make some resolutions for your home as well. Now don’t freak out, it’s nothing too overwhelming.

Get rid of clutter! Commit to going through each room in your home to clear out items that you don’t use or need. Donate these items to charity.

Make your home safe! Take time now to test for radon gas. Install carbon monoxide monitors on every bedroom floor. Test fire alarms and remember to replace batteries regularly.

Shrink bills and your carbon footprint! Turn off lights when you leave a room. Only run the washer if you have a full load of laundry. Consider drying some clothes on a line instead of in the dryer. Turn off your air conditioning when you leave your house. Dial down your furnace to 55 degrees at night. Install compact fluorescent lighting and low flow showerheads. Water your yard less.

Work out a plan to keep your house clean! Each day dishes should go into the dishwasher. Hang up clean clothes each night as well. Put dirty clothes straight into the hamper. Weekly, enlist your family to help you. Have one person vacuum, dust and make the beds. Have another person clean all the bathrooms. Then team up to clean the kitchen and take out all the trash.

Get your home ready for entertaining! If one of your personal resolutions is to spend more time with friends and family then do something in your home to make it more “inviting”. Rearrange your furniture into conversational groups. Update a room with a new coat of paint. Add new runners, throw pillows or even plants for a fresh new look.

See, it’s not too overwhelming is it? These are resolutions that you can actually make AND easily keep. Cheers!

New Year’s Resolutions – Make Your Home Safer

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Holidays

As we close 2010 and move to 2011, many people will start the year with some resolutions. If you want to lose 20 pounds or really commit to making it to the gym next year, those plans will contribute to your health and well being. But how about adding a few resolutions related to your home? Here are a number of suggestions for areas that can make your home safer for you and your family next year.

To begin with, consider your home’s lighting. Outdoors, having entrances and walkways well lit at night keeps family and visitors safer. Do you have good lighting to show any steps or other obstacles? What about inside? Are your stairs and hallways lit well at night? What steps can you take to fix any problems?

Next, check your flooring safety. Are all of your thresholds smooth – particularly on the transitions from one type of flooring to another? Do people tend to trip? What about area rugs? Do they tend to slide when people step on them? Do you have bathroom or kitchen floors that get a bit slick when wet? Maybe this is the year to correct any areas of concern before they cause a problem for family or friends.

How about adding safety bars in your bathrooms for assistance as people get in or out of showers and baths. These are particularly helpful for children and older adults. Safety bar options are much more attractive than they were years ago, and they can reduce the risk of falling when getting in our out of a tub or shower stall.

Finally, how much attention do you pay to safety instructions provided with any new products you bring into your home? Take the time to read and follow those recommendations, and you can reduce the risk of accidents for you and your family in 2011.