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7 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home.

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The start of the new year has always been a time to make changes. This year, while you are promising to go to the gym more often and pay down the credit cards, don’t neglect your home. Here are 7 great New Year’s resolutions for your home.

1) Purge and streamline. Clutter can make even the most spacious home feel cramped and there is nothing quite like Christmas for accumulating clutter. Take a hard look at what you own and clear out what you can. Space spent storing belongings can become space for living, and de-cluttered surfaces make even the smallest homes feel larger.

2) Tackle the kids’ toys. Christmas is also the perfect time to organize your children’s toys. Having so many new toys can keep them from noticing as you clean out some of their old ones. Toys they will want again can be stored in a closet or basement for a few months and brought out like new toys during a rainy day. Other toys the kids won’t miss can be donated or passed along to someone else. Finally, organizing the remaining toys makes them easier to play with. Your sanity will thank you for the extra work when your kids occupy themselves the next time you make dinner.

3) Start a new project. One of the great joys of owning your own home is being able to customize it just for you. Painting your living room can make the whole house feel new, and a new hardwood floor in the dining room can save you countless hours scrubbing spaghetti sauce out of the carpet. Just keep in mind that if you are planning on putting your home on the market in the next few years, those project should be something most people would like to have in their home. The electric green trim that really pops with your air hockey table may not go with a new owner’s leather couch.

4) Make a list. While you are in the project mood, walk through and around the whole house and make a list of projects you would like to complete. Then prioritize them and get a rough idea of what you will need to budget in money and time to make each one happen. When you are done, you will have a place to start when you have some extra income, or an unexpected day off.

5) Start making an extra mortgage payment. While paying off a 30-year mortgage can be a daunting prospect, even making a single extra mortgage payment a year can make a big difference. For example, on a $300,000 loan, paying one extra mortgage payment each year would result in paying off the loan 5 years earlier while paying $68,908 less in interest.

6) Make your house safer. Injuries in the home are incredibly common, both for children and for adults. Make it a point this year to make your home safer for everyone. Make sure your house has smoke detectors and CO2 detectors on every level, and that the batteries are fresh. If you have young children, childproof the home with locks on cabinets containing cleaners or other toxins, covers on the electric plugs and gates at the top and bottom of the stairs. For adults, look for things like grip stickers on the bottom of the tub, strong handrails on the stairs and fire extinguishers in the kitchen and near fireplaces.
1331258_939832647) Make an energy audit of your home. In Ohio, we face such a broad range of environmental factors, there are plenty of ways to save money on your energy bills. Energy efficient lighting, such as compact florescent or the newer L.E.D. bulbs can provide the same light for a fraction of the electricity of traditional incandescent bulbs. Weather stripping around doors and windows can cut cold drafts that drive up heat bills, and a programmable thermostat can ensure that you don’t waste money heating or cooling the house when no one is home anyway.

Owning a home can be full of joys and headaches. By making a few changes, you can create even more of the former, while minimizing the latter.

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