Now that we’ve entered a new year, it’s prime time to consider what sort of resolutions you might consider making for your special place called home. After all, you made an investment by becoming a homeowner. Doesn’t it make sense to make some resolutions surrounding a place you’ve invested in?
To kickstart the new year, we trust you’ll find some inspiration in this collection of homeowner resolutions. From honey-dos to hospitality, we’re certain you’ll find something that would be a good fit.
The 7 best homeowners resolutions you can make this year
As a word of caution: we do not expect you to take on all seven homeowner resolutions. That’s pretty ambitious — but if you’d like to try, go for it! In reality, we’re just offering you a variety of options to take on as you see fit. Whether you choose to plot out one or two — or all seven, we hope you come out of it feeling enriched as a homeowner by the end of the year.
#1 – Come up with a strategy for all those honey-dos
So you have a list of honey-dos piling up — you know, things like fixing up the trim. Or caulking the windows and so forth. Some of the honey-dos are pretty detailed others are simple. Whatever they are, you know they need to get done.
Well, now is the time to see procrastination and forgetfulness as a thing of the past!
Strategize. Come up with a list of honey-dos you want to get done. Then come up with tangible steps to break down each task. In this manner, you’ll be able to better manage your tasks and monitor progress — especially if they’re of the complicated variety.
In addition to breaking down each task, give yourself deadlines. Schedule each task onto your calendar on the fridge — that way you’ll see them every day!
#2 – Give your home a facelift. Paint those walls.
Here’s one that will give your home a fresh look and make you feel good! Toss a fresh coat of paint on those interior walls! Need some help picking out colors for your home? HGTV has some helpful tips for picking paint colors. Have fun! Be as bold or traditional as you’d like!
You’ll feel like you’re in a brand new home — and you’ll have something new to show off when your friends visit.
#3 – Save money on your utility bills
Now let’s talk about saving money. (Did we get your attention there?) From remembering to unplug electronics to going for more energy efficient windows, there are many ways for you to cut back on your utility bills. Make your home energy efficient and watch those bills drop.
#4 – Are you getting the best deal on home insurance?
To be sure, home insurance can add up. When was the last time you looked into the various home insurance options available to you? Take some time to call around and compare your current insurance policy with what other companies are offering. You may be surprised to find a better deal and thereby save yourself a pretty penny!
#5 – Exercise the art of hospitality
It’s your home. Your investment. And your opportunity to show good stewardship. Have you thought about using the gift you’ve been given in a home to show love and be kind toward others? Why not reach out to that lonely exchange student at your church? Or invite your kids’ best friend’s family over for dinner.
You don’t have to go all out. Maybe dinner is just too much. Invite someone over for a cup of tea or coffee. You never know how life-changing such a gesture might be to someone.
#6 – Treat your home like the haven it is
Interestingly, many folks may not treat their home with the care it merits. Think about it — your home is your safe haven from the toils and drama of work and school. Why not take the time to make your home extra special and cozy?
#7 – Make cookies for your neighbors
Part of being a homeowner is having neighbors. Do you know your neighbors? Have you connected with them? Why not go out of your way to extend a thoughtful gesture in their direction?
In doing so, you could make a new friend. Or simply brighten someone’s day. Bring them a plate of fresh cookies. If baking isn’t your thing, then consider dropping off a potted plant.
Don’t be hard on yourself
Beating yourself up is no way to you help yourself stick with your resolutions. If keeping up with new years resolutions is a big challenge for you, then consider asking a friend to keep you accountable. Start with small goals and build up. The small victories will spur you on to greater heights!
For some tips on exercising hospitality, see what we have to say about hosting a party!