Start Counting Down: New Year’s Resolutions for Your Apartment!

Posted January 10, 2023 by in Home
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Your fitness activity and bank account aren’t the only things in need of a change. This year, instead of focusing on losing weight or saving money– make a New Year’s resolution you can keep. Your apartment needs some love too; make this year about keeping your home comfortable without spending too much (or any) cash.

Do a Deep Clean

Sure you keep the floors swept and dishes done, but what about the less noticeable areas that collect dust? Start the year off by doing your apartment a favor— a serious deep clean. Wipe down all the baseboards and door frames. Using soft soap and water, clean the top of the fridge and the cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom. Dust fans and vents with a cloth and all-purpose cleaner, and wash lighting fixtures (after turning them off). Look around and ask yourself when was the last time you shook the bathroom rugs out or washed the living room draperies. Even if items don’t look dirty, they could be full of dust and ready for a serious deep clean.

You may notice those neglected areas that don’t get cleaned as often, could show signs of a pest infestation. These include bite marks from rodents gnawing on skirting boards, or droppings, for example. If you find that during your cleaning spree, you are finding signs of pests in your apartment, you will want to contact professional services from Aptive Pest Control to deal with these rodents as soon as possible.

No More Postponing

If you’ve been putting something off, saying “I’ll get to that later,” later is now here! Hang at least one picture you’ve been wanting to hang. Put up the bamboo shades you bought to switch out with the old plastic blinds that came with the apartment. Rotate your mattress. Take your pile of items waiting to be donated to Goodwill. And tackle those sewing projects that have been sitting in a pile waiting to be mended.

Instead of setting lofty goals this year— just do what you said you’d get around to.

Clear Clutter

Clutter can cause stress because it inhibits the flow of daily life. Entryways tend to be the most congested area of an apartment or home, mostly because that’s where we take off our shoes and dump our belongings at the end of the day. Even if it’s stuff you regularly need and use, find a way to organize it. Start by mounting hooks to the wall to hang coats, purses or school bags. Place a multifunctional ottoman near the entry table so you can have somewhere to sit and take off your shoes, then store them in it until later. Set up a system that works for you so you’re more likely to stick with it for the entire year.

If you have a lot of clutter, it may be time to also do a big purge. You can donate a lot to your local Goodwill or Savers, but if you also have a lot of trash, or you’re doing a small kitchen or bathroom remodel, you may want to rent a 15 yard dumpster, which is an ideal size for a small cleanout of a two-three bedroom home.

Go Green

Showering is one of the main ways we use water, and it accounts for nearly 17 percent of American residential indoor water use, according to Epa.gov. This year, tackle water waste (and save money, too) by going green. Install low-flow shower heads and water faucets in your bathroom and kitchen to save water and heater energy— which in turn will lower your utility bills. Low-flow shower heads can be purchased at home repair stores and start at about $10. The EPA suggests using products that bear the WaterSense label— proof that the product uses no more than 2.0 gallons of water per minute. Standard shower heads use 2.5 GPM.

What’s your New Year’s resolution this year? Let us know in the comments below!

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