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Mighty House Radio 2016 Resolutions

January 8, 2016

2016 Home Resolutions

It’s January and this is the month when we drop 15 lbs., cut back on fried foods and maybe even give up that crippling Facebook addiction. The sad truth is that studies show at least 85 percent of us will fail at our New Year’s resolutions within 30 days. The other truth is that it’s possible to succeed — if you approach your goals as if it’s a psychological game that requires mental tools.

We’re giving it a shot ourselves. By starting with resolutions meant for the home, we might find we’ll be better off sticking to them. So, if you’re up for a little home improvement inspiration for 2016, here are some ideas to get your ambitions soaring into the new year:

 

  • I vow to do one big cleanse this year. The next time you’re home relaxing, take a look around at all the tchotchkes, the little bits of paper, that fifth remote control sitting on the table. Take stock of how much stuff you’ve collected. Now, pick a day during the week to purge these items from one room. If you’re completely overwhelmed by an unorganized room, it’s helpful to set a timer for 30 minutes and work your way from bottom to top, in a clockwise manner. Remove picture frames, notebooks, pillows and sort into three piles: “Keep”, “Donate” or “Toss.”
  • I will get an energy audit. Think of this as a checkup for your home. Check with your local utility company if they offer energy audits (often for free), where experts assess your home’s energy consumption patterns looking for improvement areas where you could cut back on electricity, gas, or water (and also lower your utility bills.) Doing this could save you as much as 30 percent off of your monthly bills.
  • I’ll switch out the lightbulbs to save on cash. Sticking with the energy theme, consider switching to LED lightbulbs as a quick and easy way to reduce lighting costs. A 60-watt bulb retailing for $6 will save between $30 and $80 over its lifetime. Swap out the bulbs you use every day (think kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms) and leave the ones hardly used in basements or attics until they burn out.
  • I vow to make my home safe and sound. First, check your house for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. One in every fifteen homes has elevated levels. Install a low level carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to smoke detectors. Go as far as removing dryer lint from inside of the door as well as the vents and ducts behind the dryer.
  • I will not leave a project unfinished. Often times there are so many cool projects we’d like to do for our homes and more often than not we want to do them all at once! The same reason why up to 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work, is the same reason why folks start projects and often leave them unfinished. Make a list of the top five projects you want to do this year. Be realistic about setting goals and the time it takes to see one through completion.

 


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