2019 has arrived, and you’ve laid out all your New Year’s resolutions that will launch you into a happier, healthier year. But have you put together any New Year’s resolutions for your home? With plenty of research on the impact your environment has on your well-being, one of the best things you can do to support all your personal resolutions is to make sure your home is just as happy as you are. We’ve put together a list of four New Year’s Home Resolutions to get you off on the right foot.
Streamline and Minimize
A year is a lot of time to gather junk. It’s swallowing that one kitchen drawer, overtaking your nightstand, and launching a quiet coup d’état in the corners of your closet. So, before you find yourself on an episode of Hoarders, make the choice to pare down everything that’s cohabiting with you. Clothes, decorations, and knick-knacks that you use every once in a while, can be donated to make a larger impact on someone else’s life while leaving you more time and space to enjoy the items that actually bring you joy. And somehow the process of decluttering your home seems to declutter your mind – seems like a win-win to start the year, right? Plus, if you’re planning to move into a new Shea Home soon, eliminating miscellaneous items will make the move that much simpler.
Add Some Florals
After you’ve purged your home of the clutter, you may find some surfaces like desks and counters suddenly looking barren. It’s the perfect time for a trip to your local nursery! The simple addition of some flowers and plants to your favorite rooms can have a surprisingly dramatic effect on the mood of a space. And as far as 2019 design trends go, it’s one of the most affordable upgrades you can do. Not only will plants liven up your living spaces, but their air purifying qualities could do your lungs a favor too.
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
At Shea Homes®, we work to keep our new homes energy efficient from the start, which is why our ENERGY STAR® certified homes use up to 20-30% less energy than other non-certified homes. Through a combination of complete thermal enclosure systems, high-efficiency ventilation, comprehensive water management systems, and energy-efficient appliances and lighting, together families that have purchased ENERGY STAR labeled homes tend to save more each year on utility bills. But there’s always more you can do! Take your mother’s advice and turn off the lights whenever you leave a room; turn your water heater down a few degrees and wash your clothes in cold water. Small changes can lead to big savings, and this is one resolution that helps everyone on the planet.
A Family DIY
If fostering your closest relationships is one of your resolutions, this is a great way to bring your family together. Whether it’s starting a garden in the backyard, building the game room of your kids’ dreams, or fresh paint in the bedrooms, a family project is a bonding experience that will leave everyone with new skills and a renewed appreciation for your home.
What are some of your home resolutions this year? Let us know below! For everything else Shea Homes Arizona, view our Phoenix area homes.