11 Home Resolutions You Should Make This Year
You're going to learn Spanish. You're quitting smoking. You're going to get one of those Fitbit things. But what resolutions are you making at home? You spend a majority of your life at home; you may as well may it a place you love and enjoy. To that end, we're bringing you 11 resolutions for your home to consider. We have faith that you can tackle them all!
Your home might look like everything you've ever dreamed of, but is it safe? Make an effort to ensure that your home is safe from threats internally and externally. You should have carbon monoxide detectors installed on every bedroom floor. Install a security system if you don't already have one, and get in the habit of using it—especially when you're away for extended periods. Take a run-through of your house and look for mold—have it removed by a professional if you find it. If your home was built before 1978, consider having it tested for lead and asbestos flooring. Do you have children? Make sure you child-proof your home. Have pets? Consider installing an electric fence.
This is a big one when it comes to home resolutions. We all could be a little more organized. Having clutter and disorganization causes stress, and none of us could use more of that in our lives! Luckily, we've covered the topic extensively here on Domaine. Visit our Organization section, and learn about everything from office hacks to magazine storage to the organization habits you should establish by age 30.
Saving money is always a good thing, and there are many ways to do so at home. With some small revisions to everyday habits you can see big savings on your monthly bills. Turn off your heater and air conditioner when you leave the house. Start doing your own laundry instead of sending it out. Switch off the lights when you leave a room. Unplug your electronics when you're not using them. Wash your car less. Switch to streaming TV instead of the $100+ cable you rarely use.
Unless you're a neat freak (and we mean that in the kindest of terms!), cleaning probably feels like a chore. So come to terms with whether it's realistically something you're willing to do. Your house shouldn't suffer because you're unwilling to make time to clean. Hire a cleaner or make room in your budget if you don't think you can afford one. Divvy up cleaning tasks with your housemates, so the burden isn't all on you. Make a commitment to a deep clean once a month.
If you enjoy entertaining, stock your bar for guests who may pop by. Don't know where to start? Read this beginner's guide to setting up a bar at home to learn what spirits and glassware to buy, what mixers to have on-hand, and what tools you need to craft the perfect cocktail.
Whether you're a consummate hostess or you don't know the first thing about inviting people over, entertaining is a lifelong skill everyone should acquire. Making your home party-friendly is important, as well. Consider the layout of your living room and make sure you have seating for guests. Purchase a couple folding chairs to stash in a closet in case extra guests arrive for dinner. Make sure you have a full set of dinnerware and flatware, and enough cloth napkins and wine glasses to throw a dinner party. Once you have the essentials, you'll feel much more comfortable hosting on the fly.
We tend to spend a lot of effort decorating our living rooms since they're shared spaces and a place that guests often see. But bedrooms are just as important. Bedrooms are your private, personal spaces where you should enjoy going to unwind and get some "you" time. So if you haven't made an effort to decorate yours, or your kids' rooms, dedicate yourself to it. Find a duvet cover you love. Paint the walls. Get some throw pillows that speak to your soul. Upgrade from a full to a queen. Do it your way.
We cannot tell you how impactful a set of custom curtains can be. They really can bring so much polish to a space, even if your furniture is thrifted or from IKEA! Consider having custom drapery made, if you can afford it. Even an affordable fabric given a simple pinch pleat will look dramatically better than your store-bought readymade panels. Read all about window treatments here to get your wheels turning.
This isn't 2007, so we're not going to tell you to go pick up a pack of CFLs. But we do suggest you integrate some greenery into your home. Plants are an easy way to fill an empty corner in your home and add some liveliness, and they've also been proven to improve air quality and increase productivity and creativity.
A new pair of salad tongs here, a must-have cast-iron skillet here... small purchases for your home tend to add up, and it may surprise you how much spontaneous purchases can cost you. Think carefully about investment pieces that your home really needs and make a budget plan to save up for it. Maybe you're overdue for a high-quality sofa. Or perhaps all your living room needs is a large-scale art piece on the wall. These carefully considered purchases can last you a lifetime and will undoubtedly make your home all the more special.
Whether you frame a scribble your child made in kindergarten or hang the latest and greatest from your city's established artist, every room should have art in it. Not only does it inspire, but it's what sets your home apart from all the rest—especially if, like most, you're not outfitting your digs in completely custom furniture. Make an effort this year to finally have that print you've been hanging onto framed. Scour flea markets and antiques fairs for affordable pieces. And drop by a few galleries to develop your artistic eye.
What other resolutions would you add to this list? Tell us in the comments below.