January is in full swing, but the year is still rather new which means that we can make resolutions and try to stick to them in the months to come. Resolutions are important, they inspire us to make changes in our lives and to explore new possibilities, and it’s no wonder so many people choose to make new resolutions at the beginning of the year. Would it be strange if we made a few that aren’t exactly connected to our habits and choices, but to the way our homes look?
While you’re on your way to become a better person, why not try to improve the planet as well? Going green isn’t just a trend – it’s a way of life that many people have embraced in an attempt to save the planet. While hybrid cars might not be your cup of tea, you can try installing solar panels on your roof and cut down on your electricity bills, especially if you take into account the number of sunny days Australians get in a year. You could also try making your own compost out of organic waste in your household, and recycle as much as you can. Not just that, but turning the light off when you’re leaving the room, turning the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth, and plugging the appliances out when you’re not using them will save you a lot of money and trim your energy use.
Rejuvenate the Walls
You don’t have to paint every wall in your house if you don’t have the time or the money, but an accent wall will make a huge difference. If there are any cracks in the walls, you might want to fix that before painting. If you’re not sure whether or not you’ll be able to do sanding and sealing the right way, you can contact Sydney painters and let them finish the job. Letting professionals do at least a part of the job will give you a piece of mind because you will be sure that in the seasons (and years) to come you won’t have any problems with cracks in the walls of your home even if that used to be a problem before.
Deep cleansing your home is always a good idea, and New Year’s is the right time to do so. The start of the year is rather symbolic, and you can focus on cleaning everything that holds you back and reminds you of the past. First things first: all the boxes and the wrapping paper that’s left behind after you’ve cleaned up the presents should be removed, get rid of the tree, pack your Christmas ornaments and other decorations, and clean up after that wild NYE party. As long as you’re there, why not keep going and clean your entire home too? Starting with the living room or the kitchen, tackle all rooms in your home and pay special attention the ones with the highest foot traffic. Dust, vacuum, scrub, rinse, and repeat until you’re happy with the way your home looks.
Let it Grow
If you have a garden, a good New Year’s resolution might be to grow more plants, and bottlebrushes and Kangaroo paws are lovely native Australian plants that will look great in your yard. If, on the other hand, you don’t have a garden, you might try growing a few plants indoors. Start with something small: basil and oregano in your kitchen, or a small cactus in your living room, and keep going until you gave at least one plant in every room. There are plants that will thrive in your bathroom, plants that will help you sleep, plants that will make the air in your living room smell better, and that will make your hallway look more inviting.
New Year should inspire us to make positive changes in our lives, and we can try to make some positive changes in our homes as well. While some of the things we suggested in this article might take a bit more time and effort, we promise it will be worth it. By the end of the year, you will save a significant amount of both money and energy.