New year’s resolutions for a happier home

New year's resolutions for a happier home

Before you know it, 2023 will be here, and you know what that means; time for New Year’s resolutions.

Why not use your New Year’s resolutions to make your home life happier this year?

Here are some practical resolutions to spruce up your home and improve your life over the next twelve months.

Find ways to make your home more sustainable

Sustainability is the way of the future. It is environmentally friendly and ethical, making it good for the planet and the soul.

There are lots of ways you can make your home more sustainable:

  • Install water-saving showerheads
  • Go solar powered
  • Establish recycling stations
  • Turn off power points when the appliance is not in use
  • Avoid the air con
  • Replace windows with high-performance windows
  • Switch to drip irrigation
  • Install a smart meter

Take these steps and you will also have lower electricity bills, which is a nice way to reduce stress in 2023.

Clean out what you no longer need

One of the most guaranteed ways to make your house more livable and your life easier is to get rid of everything you no longer need.

Decluttering can even make you some money if you put your old stuff up for sale on an internet marketplace like Facebook, Gumtree, or eBay.

If selling things isn’t your style, there are also always plenty of op-shops looking for household items.

Once you have decluttered, you will have the chance to reorganise. Try keeping like with like, and you will always know where everything is. For example, stationery all goes in the stationery drawer.

Pop to Kmart in Warriewood for some containers and label everything (especially if you have children). This will make tidying up so much easier.

Make your home more welcoming

Many of the home interior trends for 2023 are about making the home feel warm and comfortable.

For instance, House Beautiful predicts meaningful objects will be a top choice in 2023. If you’re redecorating, fill your home with objects or art that are meaningful to you and your family. Frame some photos or bring out a family heirloom — whatever makes you feel at home.

Adding house plants is also a wonderful way to help your home feel more welcoming. Bringing the outdoors in with plants and natural lighting is another trend that is set to continue into 2023, according to Vogue.

Work smarter not harder in the kitchen

Star the year ahead by creating a meal planning and prep schedule.

Go through your pantry and fridge to see what you have. With an inventory of your ingredients, you can do some meal planning and get a head start on the year. Get rid of anything past its use-by date and organise what you have left.

Now is also the perfect opportunity to use up all the unhealthy ingredients you have in stock and to start the ball rolling on more healthy eating without being wasteful.

To take the stress out of meal planning, make a list of your family’s favourite meals and the dishes that are quick and easy to cook. This way, you can pick a few before you do your shopping. Set up lists in your online shopping account so you can instantly add the ingredients to your cart.

In the garden

Create a more ecologically friendly garden by planting natives, adding a compost bin and starting a worm farm. All these things help the environment as a whole, and planning natives can do wonders for local native wildlife.

With outdoor spaces being another hot trend going into 2023, it is also the perfect time to transform your garden into a more liveable space. Add lights, outdoor furniture, and even an outdoor shower for when you and the family get back from the beach.

Do it together

All of these ideas can also be an excellent opportunity to get together and achieve goals as a family. Take the opportunity to work together and strengthen your bond with some goal-oriented tasks that will make your year more liveable. From all of us, happy new year!

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