A New Year means a new beginning. That’s why many people make New Year’s resolutions to improve their health and their homes. By taking a few simple steps, you can easily improve your home’s functionality and aesthetic.
3 New Year’s Resolutions to Make Your Home Cleaner and More Energy-Efficient
1. Clear Out Clutter
One of the best ways to make your home feel lighter and more open is to get rid of clutter. Take a methodical approach and go room-by-room, clearing out anything you don’t use. Tackling one room at a time will make the process less overwhelming. Get rid of anything you don't use, wear or need and donate it to charity. De-cluttering your home will make it easier to clean and give you room to breathe.
2. Create a System for Cleaning Your House
Tidy up your kitchen after dinner each night. Place a basket to gather all miscellaneous items & empty it once a week. Do a thorough cleaning of your house weekly and enlist the help of family members. Keep all cleaners, rags and rubber gloves in a portable container you can carry from room to room. When cleaning, wear an apron with pockets so you can keep rags, a sponge, scrub brush and other cleaning tools in your pockets.
3. Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as 25 percent of the air you use to cool or heat your home might be going right out the window. Take a good look at the windows in your home and repair any cracks, gaps or holes with caulk or weather stripping. If you can, replace old windows with new, energy-efficient models.
You can also significantly reduce heat or A/C loss, cut down glare and make your home more attractive with Polar Shades. Both interior and exterior shades filter and diffuse damaging UV rays that cause interior flooring, furnishings and art to fade, without obstructing your view.