Let’s face it: we all need a fresh start after 2020. This year was challenging for us all, and as you spent more time in your home, you may have adopted some habits you don’t want to take into the new year. You might be ordering out instead of cooking at home, or you might be spending more time watching Netflix than reading a book. Your home might also be feeling some the effects of 2020: you might notice higher energy bills than normal, or your home might feel extra cluttered from all the online shopping you did throughout the year. Luckily, there’s no better time than the beginning of a new year to replace old habits with new ones. While we can’t help you curb your Netflix addiction, the home improvement experts at Window Nation shared their best New Year’s resolutions you can make for your home.
Create a Designated Work from Home Space
As offices around the country shut down due to the pandemic, most of us started working from home. Dining rooms and bedrooms were transformed into offices, with beds and kitchen tables being turned into desks and workspaces. For many companies, remote work doesn’t seem to be ending any time soon, and it’s important to create a distinction between your personal space and your workspace. We know it’s tempting but try to avoid working out of your sleeping areas, especially your bed. We recommend purchasing a desk to create a designated workspace. If a desk isn’t an option, consider sitting at the dining room table and purchasing storage bins or a tote bag to store your belongings. Your home will feel more organized, and you’ll appreciate having the separation between your work life and your home life.
Reduce Your Energy Consumption
The more time you spend at home, the higher your energy bills. This New Year, take steps to reduce your energy consumption by making changes to boost your home’s energy efficiency. Start small by simply turning off the lights or unplugging electronics when not in use. You can also make a bigger impact by replacing your old, outdated windows with energy efficient vinyl windows from Window Nation. Our windows are built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your energy bills low no matter the season. We offer both double and triple pane windows, so you can choose between windows with the best value or the best energy efficiency. You might also consider upgrading your doors or siding for an additional energy efficiency boost.
Purge Your Space
We were all guilty of going on a few online shopping sprees while we were in quarantine. However, your home might be feeling a little more cluttered than usual thanks to all the new goodies you purchased. Take advantage of the time you have at home to purge your space of any unnecessary clothes, books, or home accessories you no longer need. Our home improvement experts recommend tossing out anything you haven’t used in the past year. If you don’t want to throw all your items out, consider donating them to local area shelters to give back while also de-cluttering. No matter what you choose to do with your things, be sure to clean just one room at a time to avoid getting overwhelmed by the process.
Create a Cleaning Schedule
Cleaning your house might not be the most enjoyable task, but it needs to be done. Consider creating a cleaning schedule for your home so you know what needs to be cleaned and when. For example, your bedroom might only need to be cleaned once a month, while your bathrooms and kitchen need to be cleaned each week. You can create a loose schedule for all the rooms in your home, or you can get down to the nitty gritty of when even the smallest of chores need to be done, like doing your laundry or doing the dishes. Creating an organized system will help cleaning your home feel less daunting, while also helping you keep on top of the chores in your home.
Perform Routine Maintenance on Your Windows
As we’ve spent more time than ever in our homes, you might have noticed some wear-and-tear on your home that you just haven’t gotten around to fixing. 2021 is the year to perform all the maintenance tasks you’ve been putting off. Be sure to seal any drafts and leaks, particularly around your windows and doors. Weatherstripping and caulk can often fix the issues; however, if the issue still isn’t fixed, it might be time to upgrade your windows and doors. You should also look out for condensation between the panes of glass, as this is a sign of seal failure, a major issue for your windows. If you notice any glaring problems with your windows, contact our team at Window Nation to schedule your consultation with an exterior design consultant to discuss your options.