Losing weight, giving up smoking, finding a new job; sick of the same old resolutions every time January comes round?
Well, why not think of your home for once when planning ahead for the New Year?
You spend most of life there, so now is the time to look around you and decide on those little changes that might just make a big impact on your living space.
So think a little closer to home and consider these resolutions for 2014 and beyond.
1. Keep it green
Leaving your heating on when it’s not needed doesn’t just waste energy, it costs you money too. Installing a programmable thermostat in your home means you have complete control of your home heating (not to mention finances) at your fingertips. It’s also a great way of reducing your carbon footprint.
2. Shed some light
A new year and a new look. This doesn’t just apply to you – it works for your home too. “Bright and airy” is the feel to go for in 2014 according to the experts; so let your creative juices flow. Replace dull and dreary curtains with blinds or maybe do away with both and let your home come to life by using natural daylight?
A poorly insulated home is a cold one, not to mention expensive too. A properly insulted home will retain warmth, as well as cash in your pocket – as hot air doesn’t come cheap these days. Even if you’re not thinking of large-scale loft and wall insulation, using draught excluders and heavy curtains can all help to keep the cold out and the warm in.
4. Add some artwork
I’m not talking a Monet or Michelangelo, but some well positioned paintings, or even pottery and sculptures can work wonders in your home, while giving off a vibrant and exciting feel. Even artistically arranged photos of friends and family can create a great feature on any wall in the home.
5. Create space you didn’t know you had
If you’re a hoarder then one of your top resolutions should be to have a good clear out. De-clutter your home by sorting through your old clothes and household items and donating them to charity, giving them to friends or even selling them. You could even find that getting rid of your old belongings is quite fruitful thanks to websites like eBay.
6. Keep it clean
A deep clean can be as effective as a complete interior overhaul. Whether you want to get your hands dirty and go through the home from top to bottom, or employ a professional; you’ll be amazed at the difference a thorough clean can make.
7. Switch your lighting
Save money and brighten up your own home at the same time. By switching to LED lights you are not only keeping energy bills down but you can create a great look thanks to the wide range of products on the market. LED lamps can last up to 50 years. That’s a lot of bulb for your buck!
8. New flooring
Start your revamp from the ground-up. Flooring is a vital part of any home, so replacing that threadbare carpet or installing a new laminate floor will give living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms a new lease of life.
9. Review financial arrangements
However comfortable you are with your home arrangements, don’t rest on your laurels. Energy bills, credit card repayments and even your mortgage can be tailored to suit your needs, so shop around for the best deal. You’ll be amazed at what you can save!
10. Renew alarms
Don’t just wait for a new year to come round before giving your smoke, carbon monoxide and security alarms a thorough check. Make sure all batteries are charged and that the wiring is sound on a regular basis – but to be on the safe side, replace all your units once every 12 months.