13 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home and Beyond
Not sure what your resolution should be this new year? Check out these ideas for your home life to get inspired.
Create a Zen Space in Your Home
You’ve made one heck of a workbench for tinkering and working on DIY projects. Your kitchen now has all the space and features for the chef in your family. And your home office is looking pretty cool. But what about a space that asks you to do absolutely nothing but be? Maybe you’ve failed at your commitment to meditate for an hour every morning, but that’s okay! This new year, make it just about pure relaxation. Transform a corner of a room, or a whole room if you can, into a space where you can truly let go. Hang plants, add a Buddha statue, plug in an essential oil diffuser and add plenty of comfortable things to sit on and wrap yourself in. Whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed, come here. You may also like these 12 ideas for turning a storage shed into a relaxing space.
Make Your Home Safer
It’s better to be safe than sorry, which surely applies to your home security! If you want to add more safety features to your home but can’t seem to follow through, make it one of your top priorities in the new year. A security camera system will give you peace of mind, providing a whole video surveillance system that’s connected together by a series of security cameras and network video recorders, so you can have 24/7 reliable video monitoring around your home and/or business.
Reolink is a solid option. Its security camera system allows you to browse by 16-channel and 8-channel PoE security camera systems, for super HD reliable videos. See live view, stay informed when invasion happens and replay video records on your phone and computer with the NVR camera system. Protect your house and your loved ones with these inexpensive, easy-to-install devices!
Cut Energy Usage in Your Home
There’s never a bad time to go green, but if you’ve been putting your efforts on hold, the new year is a prime time to make it a priority. Simple things can make a big difference, like: switching off the lights when you leave a room; turning your air conditioner off when you leave the house and dialing your heater down to 55 degrees at night; installing LED bulbs and low-flow shower heads; turning off power strips when not in use; and waiting for the dishwasher and washing machine to be full before running them. Find out where you’re losing energy—and what you can do to stop it.
Clean Room By Room
To say you’re going to be cleaner in the new year is a pretty open-ended statement that doesn’t carry a lot of weight. If you want to declutter and deep clean, make a game plan. Perhaps you can tackle one room per month, and then move onto your car! Start with what feels the most pressing, or has been stressing you out the most, and work from there. As you declutter, make a pile of things you plan to donate, and others that need to be tossed. Take note of what you need to replace, too. If your saute pan is all scratched up, make a new note in your phone under “Kitchen Needs.” Once you’ve decluttered, you can deep clean. Check out these 11 brilliant hacks to declutter your home.
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Plan a Room Renovation
You don’t have to break ground at the beginning of January, or even a few months in, but turning your idea into a plan will make all the difference. While last year you may have decided your next renovation would be the kitchen, this new year, create a budget, choose a design, talk to contractors, do your research and set a date. Having a plan will get you motivated and excited. Check out these 10 tips for a happy kitchen remodel.
Switch Up Your Space
If you’re not ready to renovate, but you know you need to some new energy in your home, start by switching up your furniture. Maybe you need to let a few pieces go in your living room to allow that statement couch to really take over the room. Perhaps you just need to rearrange what you’ve got. A new layout in one room could be the very thing you need to freshen up and re-energize your home. If you have a small living room and need more storage ideas, there are plenty of DIY solutions.
Finish That Half-Done Home Improvement Project
DIYers know how it goes. You love to get your hands dirty, but sometimes a project isn’t going your way, or doesn’t excite you, and you need to leave it for a bit. Sometimes that “bit” turns into months or years, however. If you have that one project that’s weighing on your mind, make it your resolution to finish it in the new year. Take a look at these 12 home improvement ideas for beginning DIYers.
Make the Switch to Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Many of the most common household cleaners for your countertops, bathroom, laundry and more are terrible for the environment and your health. A great resolution to make in the new year is to swap out these harmful products for healthier options.
In fact, a 20-year longitudinal study, conducted by scientists at the University of Bergen in Norway, found that using cleaning products can be as harmful as smoking 20 cigarettes a day.
Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a great place to start to both find the WORST cleaning products for your health and the environment, as well as the BEST options.
DIY Your Snacks and Sweets
While a common resolution is to stop snacking and having sweets, there are plenty of healthy ways to keep them in your life. For instance, you can make your own delicious, salty sweet potato chips. The work you put in will make you appreciate them that much more, so you won’t be tempted to eat the whole batch in one sitting!
You can also make great, healthy snack with a food dehydrator. Plus, here are 10 more unusual things you can use your dehydrator for!
Resolve to Sit Stronger
One in four American adults sit for more than eight hours a day, according to research. If you’re not going to give up your career anytime soon, you might want to consider sitting stronger. This means switching out the slouched position you’re in at your desk all day long. To do so, keep this checklist by your desk beginning on your first day back to work in the new year:
- Stretch the spine and pull in the belly button slightly.
- Elevate the computer screen to your eye level.
- Retract the neck to align it with the ears and shoulders.
- Have both of your feet flat on the floor and the knees positioned in a 90-degree angle.
Get More Fresh Air!
It’s easy to get stuck inside working on home renovations and work projects, even on the weekend, but getting enough fresh air is incredibly important for your health. It improves digestion, blood pressure, strengthens your immune system and can boost your happiness. And if your kids are clocking a little too much screen time, get them outside, too. You can make it a goal to go for an hour-long walk every Saturday morning, eat your lunch outside, instead at your desk, and pick up a new DIY hobby, like gardening. Take a look at these 34 awesome outdoor DIY projects to get you outside.
Plan a Trip
If you’ve been budgeting for a home renovation, working extra hours for that promotion or spending more time making everyone else happy and not thinking about your own needs, then it’s time to do something for yourself. A surefire way to know if you need to get out is if the phrase “you need a vacation” has been coming your way from loved ones far too often. Plan to immerse yourself in a new culture of a land across the globe, or plop down on a warm beach for a week in the new year. But before you go on vacation, here are 11 things to take care of around the house.
Make an Appointment for Your Health
While a common resolution for the new year is to take control of your health, this kind of statement doesn’t offer much structure. Narrow it down to something that you’ve been putting off, like that dentist or doctor appointment. Making the call and scheduling that annual or bi-annual check-up is a great way to take accountability for your health. After these appointments, you can then make more resolutions based on the results. Maybe that appointment will turn your focus to sleeping better! In that case, check out these soothing ideas for your bedroom.
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