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As we welcome 2024, it's a perfect time to reflect on our lives and set goals for self-improvement. While personal resolutions often take the spotlight, let's not forget about the place where we spend a significant portion of our lives: our homes. This New Year, consider making resolutions to create a happier, healthier, and more harmonious living environment.
It's estimated that getting rid of clutter eliminates 40% of housework in the average home (source). So while it's no secret that a more organized, clutter-free home would save you stress and effort, small changes can go a long way to improving the aspects of your home and day-to-day life.
Here are 9 New Year's Resolutions for your Colorado home...
1. Declutter and Simplify
Did you know that there are 52,952 storage units in the U.S. which is considerably more than McDonalds & Starbucks locations combined? Resolve to declutter your living spaces and create a more organized and serene home environment. Tackle one room at a time, donate items you no longer need, and consider adopting a minimalist mindset. This can seem overwhelming for many homeowners at first and we've seen plenty of Denver area homes with years - and decades - full of belongings. Make it your goal to organize one room a week or even one a month. By the spring or summer, you'll be glad you did!
Donating items that could be valuable to someone else can assist in the process of letting items go. Perhaps there's a family in your neighborhood who would enjoy your children’s outgrow toys or home decor that you no longer love. If you don't have a specific recipient in mind, reach out to your local thrist store or ARC and arrange for a donation pick-up. This ensures that these items find a new home. Discover the range of accepted donation items and learn about how ARC contributes to your Colorado community at arcthrift.com/donations.
2. Create a Sustainable Home
Make a commitment to adopt eco-friendly habits and reduce your environmental footprint. Implement recycling systems, invest in energy-efficient appliances, and explore sustainable materials for home improvement projects. Small changes can collectively make a big difference in preserving our planet. Check out the following articles from One Tree Planted and 303 Magazine on Sustainable tips for living in Denver.
3. Embrace a Healthier Lifestyle
Your home plays a significant role in your well-being. Set resolutions that focus on fostering a healthier lifestyle, such as incorporating more natural light and plants, creating a dedicated exercise space, and choosing nutritious and sustainable food options for your kitchen. Companies such as Daily Harvest and Green Chef will deliver healthy and sustainable meal kits to your door making meal prep and planning a breeze. We've previously written about the benefits of adding house plants to your home. Among other things, they purify the air and help breathability in your home. Plus, a little greenery helps to liven your space up. These changes not only help the aesthetic of your home, but bring with them a number of health bonuses.
4. Cultivate a Relaxing Oasis
Create a dedicated space within your home that promotes relaxation and mindfulness. Whether it's a cozy reading nook, a meditation corner, or a spa-inspired bathroom (below: the stunning 7636 Dante Drive primary bathroom oasis), having a tranquil oasis can contribute to your mental and emotional well-being. Whether it's an investment in a remodel or a more simple and cost-effective transformation of a room, each home can have specific spots designed with a purpose in mind to rejuvenate and recharge the mind, body and soul. And with over 300 days of sunshine a year in Colorado, these spaces shouldn't just be limited to the indoors.
5. Invest in Home Security
83% of would-be burglars try to determine if an on-site security system is in place and 60% of burglars would seek an alternative target if they determine surveillance is present (source). Enhance the safety and surveillance of your home by considering the addition of smart security features such as cameras and motion sensors. The addition of cameras, exterior lighting and motion sensors provides peace of mind and ensures that your home remains a secure and protected space.
6. Establish a Cleaning Routine
A clean home is a happy home. Set a regular cleaning schedule to keep your living spaces tidy and germ-free. This resolution not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but also contributes to a healthier living environment. Using a nightly timer to motivate all members of the household to tidy a designated space for even just a minute or two helps keep the home picked up for easy cleaning.
7. Foster Family and Social Connections
Make it a resolution to spend more quality time with your loved ones at home. Whether it's through family game nights, movie marathons or shared meals, fostering positive connections within your household contributes to a happier and more harmonious home life.
Here are some game night suggestions for families with kids over 10:
And who doesn’t love a good family movie night? Here are 5 of 2023’s top family movies:
Super Mario Bros. The Movie
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret
Spider Man: Across the Spiderverse
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
8. Upgrade Home Technology
Embrace the convenience and efficiency of modern technology by upgrading your home devices. Smart home systems can enhance security, energy efficiency, and overall convenience, making your daily life more streamlined and enjoyable. Opt for a smart garage door opener that enables remote control via your smartphone, allowing you to open and close the door effortlessly. Integrate smart lighting systems into your home, enabling control through voice commands or mobile apps. These technological upgrades not only enhance convenience but also elevate the security and efficiency of the entire home.
9. Commit to Learning and Creativity
Encourage a culture of learning and creativity within your home. Create a dedicated space for hobbies, learning new skills together as a family, and exploring artistic pursuits. This resolution adds a dynamic and enriching dimension to your home life.
This new year, consider these resolutions as a starting point to transform your Colorado home into a space that promotes happiness, health, and harmony. By making small, intentional changes, you can create a living environment that supports your overall well-being.
May 2024 fill your home with warmth and peace making it the true haven it deserves to be!
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