Your home is an extension of your persona. The condition of your home impacts how you feel. So, what better way to start the new year than making a New Year’s home resolution to improving your living space?
There is disagreement about the need for and impact of New Year’s resolutions. Many believe that making a conscious and purposeful declaration to better your life can get you on the right path. However, many mental health professionals believe that making resolutions can be a set up for failure and disappointment if your expectations are too high.
Making a New Year’s home resolution can be achievable if you make it sensible and meaningful. Decide on the goal and make a plan detailing how you will accomplish it. Ask yourself how the project will improve your life. Sensory prompts, such as a picture of a clutter free family room or a carpet sample, can help you stay focused on the goal and keep you motivated. You don’t have to go it alone either. Consider hiring a professional. If you decide to go the Do-It-Yourself route, make it a bonding opportunity by enlisting friends and/or family to assist you.
Whether you hire a professional or not, you need a plan on how you will actualize your home project. It’s good to be ambitious with your New Year’s home resolution, but don’t fall into the trap deciding the project can be completed in one or two days. Instead, be realistic. After all, your daily routine is probably busy, if not hectic. Decide on how much time you can realistically devote to the project, and put in on your calendar.
Whatever your New Year’s home resolution is, start with one room. If need be, break the room down in sections to help organize where in the room you will begin and where to go next. Collect and organize the materials you need for the project before you begin. The greatest distraction from achieving your resolution is a trip to the store for extra supplies.
The most likely number one New Year’s resolution for the home is decluttering. This makes sense because we all lead busy lives and collect stuff throughout the year. But reducing the clutter in your home doesn’t only improve its appearance, it can also make you more comfortable. Decluttering may also give a boost to your mental health. Consider consulting with a professional organizer to help plan the project.
A home makeover is another popular New Year’s resolution project. Fresh and new is always in. Whether it’s painting a room or two, or installing new flooring, giving your home a new look can improve its appearance. A new look can also affect how we feel. Choose your color scheme carefully, because various colors elicit different responses. For example, a blue-grays may seem relaxing, while reds are invigorating and exciting.
Catching up on deferred maintenance seems to be the New Year’s resolution that can get overwhelming. Despite our best intentions, we all have put off some repair or regular upkeep at one time or another. But repairs and maintenance are not static. Meaning that over time, issues can get worse, and neglected systems can break down. Instead of putting off repairs and maintenance, consider hiring a licensed contractor.
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