New Year, Happy Home!

This year when making resolutions don’t forget to think about your home! We came up with a list of ideas that can make you happier, healthier and even wealthier this year!

Sound Familiar?
Sound Familiar?

Make a cleaning schedule – Cleaning can often be daunting and overwhelming. When tasks are completed on a regular basis it will eliminate the need to spend a whole day, or even weekend, playing catch up. The best way to begin is to make a list of things that need to be cleaned and decide how often you would like them done. On a calendar set a specific time and day to complete each task. Don’t forget you can share the work! Delegate projects to your family members based on ability and availability.  If you are diligent about keeping up with this schedule, you will reduce your work load and your stress levels.

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Rearrange your furniture – There are many benefits to moving things around, the first being change is good! Changing what we see visually on a daily basis creates new neural pathways in our brains which can make us smarter, and evoke feelings of happiness. Moving furniture around can also help you create more space and make the most of your floor plan. According to The Northstar MLS homes in Sibley County, MN are selling for $97 per square foot, making open space in your home very valuable!

But wait, there’s an app for that! The magic plan app lets you scan a room and move your furniture with no heavy lifting!

 Declutter – As Marie Kwondo says, get rid of things in your home that no longer spark joy! Go through your closets and cupboards and donate things that you don’t use or maybe haven’t touched in years. (Our annual coat drive is coming soon!!!)  Storing things in plastic bins that you only use seasonally or occasionally can help to free up closet space. A great way to make a huge visual impact on clutter in your rooms is to clear off flat surfaces. Start with your kitchen and rid your counters of items that you don’t use on a daily basis by putting them away. Photo by Naomi Hébert on Unsplash

Plan home improvement projects you can work on as a family- Any time spent together as a family is quality time, even if it involves a little work. Involving children in the decision process of repainting a room, remodeling a bathroom, or building a fun outdoor family space will keep them helpful and interested. Photo by Randy Fath on Unsplash

Upgrade to maintenance free materials – There are so many new materials that can make your home upkeep relatively effortless. Consider adding vinyl siding which is extremely durable an color infused to prevent fading. Switching to gutters with leaf guards will eliminate the hassle and danger of crawling on the roof. Resealing wooden decks every year is time consuming and doesn’t guarantee the wood won’t splinter and warp. Composite materials are resistant to bugs, mildew, stains and moisture, and we know in Minnesota we need all the help with that we can get!

Find ways to save on electricity – Start by installing a programmable thermostat. This will allow you to adjust temperatures when you are away for long periods of time or at certain times of the day. Electronic thermostats also more accurately keep the temperature where you set it.  For a small investment you will see large results on your electric bill. Another way to cut costs is to unplug appliances when you are not using them. The TV in the guest room pulls power even when it’s not turned on!

 

We hope you find these resolutions for your home helpful! Are you or someone you know looking to move this year? Take a look at what we have on the market!

 

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