Be a Home Resolutionist!

Posted on: January 1st, 2014 by jfdadmin No Comments

It’s a new year and that means resolution time!  Sure, we all think of resolutions for ourselves but have you ever thought of resolutions for your home? After all, you do live there.  Here are our five picks for 2014 that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient and green place in the coming year.

Resolution #1: I resolve to only bring things into my home I truly love.

What are the things you want to see every day? Surround yourself with only the colors and styles that you love and that’s all. Doing this will raise your energy level and make you feel good. Really!  Avoid buying pieces just to fill the room – live in the space for a while to see how you will you use it.

Resolution #2: I resolve to streamline the stuff.

One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to eliminate clutter and get organized.  Clutter actually makes your house look dated and dirty.  This year take one small area of your home each week and give it a makeover. Begin with small projects like a pantry, laundry area or coat closet and work up to larger jobs like a bedroom closet or (gasp!) the attic.

Organize items such as books, DVDs, remotes and those kicked-off shoes in beautiful boxes or baskets. Group similar items together on sleek trays.  Clear your counters of everything you don’t use on a daily basis. Yes, daily basis.

Resolution #3: I resolve to make my home safe and sound.

There are a several easy things that every homeowner can and should do this year to ensure that they’re not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk. First, check your house for radon.  Surprisingly, one in every fifteen homes has elevated levels of it. Test kits are inexpensive and can be found at your local hardware store. Second, install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you.  Third, clean the vents and ducts behind the dryer. Lint is highly combustible and accounts for more than 15,000 building fires a year in the US.And finally, make sure your bathrooms and attics are vented property to the outside in order to prevent mold from moving in.

Resolution #4: I resolve to shrink my carbon footprint (and my bills!) 

Here are just a few simple ways to cut your energy use:

Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night.

Install compact fluorescent bulbs and low-flow showerheads.

Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.

Turn off your power strips and/or set your home computer to revert to sleep mode when not in use.

 

Resolution #5. I resolve to always be ready for entertaining

Most of us want to spend more time with family and friends but we sometimes get stuck where our house is concerned – it’s too messy, there’s no flow, no place to sit…etc.   So to make you feel like inviting people in, why not improve just the areas you would entertain?  Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. Pick an underused color in the room and add more of it in the form of new accessories to update your look.  The great thing about accessories is that you can easily switch them out at the end of the season.  Also, set up your furniture so it is conducive to conversation groups and not just facing the television.

We hope you try these resolutions with us and please share yours – we’d love to hear them!

Happy New Year!

Lacquer and life,

J. Fleet Designs

 

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