Resolutions for Home and Style
In the spirit of new beginnings, Firetainment has come up with some resolutions that will make your home a more beautiful, efficient, clean and green place in the coming year.
1. Streamline the Stuff
One of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home is to clear it of clutter. Each year most of us acquire a mountain of stuff. Without some regular purging, cabinets and drawers get jam-packed and it becomes hard to find the things you use and enjoy the most. All that clutter also makes your house look dated and dirty, designers say. This year resolve to go room-by-room periodically clearing anything that you don’t use, wear or love and donate it to charity.
2. Make it Safe and Sound
Your home may be beautiful, but is it safe? There are a few things that every homeowner should do to ensure that they’re not living with a potential health hazard or fire risk. Check your house for radon. This colorless, odorless gas causes about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year from the radioactive particles it traps in your lungs as you breathe, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Make sure you install a carbon monoxide detector on every bedroom floor in addition to fire detectors. If a chimney flue or furnace vent gets blocked or leaks, carbon monoxide could back up in your house and kill you.
3. Shrink Your Bills (and your carbon footprint in the process)
When people think of going green, they often think it takes solar panels or a hybrid car to make a difference. The best place to start is by cutting your energy usage in your home. Remember your mom’s advice and switch off the lights when you leave a room. Turn off your air conditioner when you leave the house and dial your heater down to 55 degrees at night. Try drying some of your clothes on the line and wait for the dishwasher or washing machine to be full before you run them.
4. Work Out a Weekly System for Keeping your House Clean
Daily: Dishes go in the dishwasher every night – no excuses! Dirty clothes go in the hamper and jackets or clean clothes are hung in the closet. Bring everything back to its assigned place.
Weekly: Clean your entire house, using these tips:
Wipe down fingerprints on all of the cabinets, for instance, before moving on to spraying and wiping counters. Then move on to windows and mirrors and appliances. Once that’s done move on to sweeping and then mopping floors.
If you can, divide the jobs among at least three parties: One of you can do the dusting/vacuuming and changing beds, the other can do the bathroom cleanup, leaving only the kitchen and trash emptying for you to handle. The upside? You can get the whole house done in 45 minutes, leaving more time on the weekends for the park or the movies.
5. Get Your Place Ready for Entertaining
Each year most of us vow to spend more time with family and friends. To make you feel like inviting people in, why not give the areas you entertain in a little update? One easy update that makes your home seem more “finished” is the addition of plants. Pulling out a new accent color from your existing decor can make the whole room seem fresh. A colorful rug or runner can also help anchor your space.
Lastly, take some time to rearrange your outdoor furniture and make space for a new Firetainment fire pit table. View the Collection!
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