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Home Planning in the New Year

With the end of the holiday season, many home owners turn their attention to sprucing up their property. The New Year is a time to make over oneself as well as one’s home. The experts at the Local South Bay have a few tips for home planning in the New Year:

Getting Organized

Throughout the year and especially during the holidays, we tend to accumulate a lot of things. The New Year is a perfect time to declutter and get organized. An easy way to declutter is to make a rule that each time you receive something new, you get rid of something. If you received a new bathrobe during the holidays, for example, donate the old one to charity. As you pack up holiday decorations, consider getting rid of old decorations you did not use this past year. To keep yourself organized, label boxes in the closet, garage or shed so you know exactly what is in each one. This will make locating items much easier.

Planning Home Renovation Projects

After the hustle and bustle of the holidays are over, you can begin to plan your home remodeling projects for the upcoming year. Whether you want a complete home renovation, want to spruce up your kitchen or bathroom or simply want to improve your outdoor living space, start planning early.

To begin, decide what you want. You do not have to be overly specific, but create a list of wants and prioritize them. Before beginning any home improvement projects, make a good plan and stick to it. You want your plan to address aesthetics as well as functionality. You also want to come up with a realistic budget and timeline for the project. Meet with a professional designer and/or contractor to help you with this part of planning your project. Once a plan is in place, you can get started.

Planning for a Cleaner Home

After organizing and even renovating your home, you will want to keep it clean. By following a few simple steps, you can do it:

  • Pick up and declutter nightly
  • Stay ahead of the mess by washing dishes or putting them in the dishwasher after each meal
  • Prevent future grim and dirt buildup by squeegeeing the shower walls after each use
  • Hang up items like towels and clean clothes that are not being used
  • After showering, open the shower curtain and/or leave the bathroom door ajar to allow in fresh air to keep mold and mildew at bay

These simple tips can help you keep your home clean and looking great all year.


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