Year is upon us so now is the perfect time to look forward to new beginnings.
Attending the gym more often might be a personal goal many of us set at the
start of a New Year, but for a change or in addition why not consider setting
goals for your home too? Home resolutions can set you up for an organised year
of home improvements that could coincide with your own personal goals. Why not
give this set of suggestions a go towards improving your home for 2019. You’ll probably enjoy it and give your brain
a work out as well.
Out with the old, in with the new!
step is to declutter. Do you have a
wardrobe full of clothes you haven’t touched for years or outgrown? Is it about
time those old toys and books could do with a new home? If so, focus on
decluttering one room at a time as this is definitely the easiest way to move
forward. You will need to review
everything and split into different piles to either throw, recycle, donate,
sell or keep, giving the kept items organised space for the New Year. The newly acquired space from the declutter
will also give you the opportunity of displaying new items like a lamp or
lovely vase but remember ‘less is more’ and gives the effect of more space!
Assess and Prioritise
considering home improvements, don’t rush into anything as you will need to
assess what needs doing and what your priorities are. Decide what is necessary and what is desired
when considering improvements. This may
sound like common sense but without careful consideration investing your time
and money into the wrong project could be costly. If your bathroom really needs
retiling but you also want to redecorate your bedroom you must assess which is
the priority. Not changing the colour of your bedroom isn’t going to cause any
immediate issues, however neglecting damaged tiles could cause damp or leaks
which could result in costly repairs. Always prioritise your work.
Budget and Flexibility
is vital when looking to do home improvements and essential at the planning
stage. Having decided on your
priorities, work out a reasonable and achievable budget and try to keep to it
especially if you are carrying out multiple home improvements. If your improvement requires building work,
shop around and gather a number of quotes to ensure the price is right. Be sure
to negotiate one overall price from the beginning to avoid extra surprise
costs. Be flexible with time scales as some processes may take longer than you
expect. This is particularly important if you have a number of plans lined
up. Do not pay the full amount ‘up
front’ if someone is doing the work for you.
Hold some money back to settle upon completion and when you are happy
with the works done.
ideas for your ‘new look’ is very important and I always create a ‘mood board’
with cut out magazine pictures of curtains, flooring, general items and
colours. You can also paint patches on
the wall with tester paint pots to check how the colour looks in different
lights and buy cushions or small items of a particular new colour to see how
they go together. Magazines and online
sources will provide thousands of inspirational ideas for your projects. Take your time to make decisions for both you
and your home as mistakes can be costly.
Online inspiration websites and apps include Pinterest and Houzz where
you can gather and save home inspiration images into your own folders.
‘Going Green’ does not only help to contribute to an environmentally friendly world but could also save you money. Your New Year resolutions could include:
-Make a point of recycling more.
-Change to energy efficient light bulbs and turn off lights when not needed.
-Check your heating system has been serviced and use thermostats to reduce heating in unused rooms.
-Compost as many items as you can. This could help the garden too.
-Shower rather than bath.
electrical goods and don’t leave on ‘stand-by’.
By ANITA HAIR