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A New Year means change, it means self-improvement and setting goals for the future. But why limit these changes to yourself?

It’s time to make sure that your home reaches its full potential in the coming twelve months.

Get organised, take charge and achieve a home that you can be proud of this year. Safety, security, comfort, fun and good times are within reach for you and your family.

1) Sort out a cleaning rota

Like joining a gym and cutting down on the takeaways, setting up a cleaning rota is the kind of thing that gets talked about in the run up to New Year and then put on the backburner when January rolls around.

This year is the year to make it happen.

Getting everyone on board with the household chores and making sure each family member is pulling his or her weight effectively not only makes your home a cleaner, healthier and happier place to be, it also is a remarkably efficient time-saving device. Just imagine what you and your family could do with all those extra hours.

2) Bring the outside inside

The benefits of introducing some plants to your home cannot be underestimated. Green plants can help to purify the air in your indoor spaces. Herbs and vegetables make a cheap but satisfying addition to home cooked meals. Finally, plants also add a touch of natural style to your place.

Plants are also great for bringing everyone together for a family project as well as teaching younger children valuable lessons about nature and biology. Make next year the year that your home goes green.

3) Instil order

A harmonious household needs rules to help keep the peace. And what better time to introduce some new ones than a New Year? Start by examining the everyday problems you face in your household.

From there, think about how you could go about resolving these issues.

Maybe you find it difficult to keep the house clean, in which case you could implement a “no shoes inside” rule, or a “clean your own plate after eating” rule. Perhaps your kids’ energy bills are too high; introducing rules regarding thermostat or air-conditioning use is a great way to combat this.

4) Put safety first

Feeling safe and secure in your home is a must, so take the time to ensure the safety of you and your family. Conduct regular checks on things like smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Make sure not to leave any tools or ladders lying around in external areas that could be used to break into the property. If you have young children, also take the time to make sure that your home is fully childproof.

Get into the habit of doing this and you can achieve a household which is as safe as it is comfortable and homely.

5) Entertain

There comes a time when you need to show off your home and open your doors to family and friends.

At times like this, you need to make sure your home is ready to entertain.

Decide which room is going to be your main room for entertaining and equip it with everything it needs. Make sure there are enough chairs for guests and keep your kitchen stocked with treats, nibbles and drinks to provide when visitors come to call.

No one likes that feeling of panic when someone is due to come over in half in an hour and the house is still woefully underprepared. To prevent this type of problem, make sure you stay ready to host and entertain guests whenever the opportunity arises.

Have you tried any of these resolutions? How did they go? Maybe you have some of your own that you want to share. Don’t forget to let us know in the comments below!

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  • Interesting ideas; getting the rest of the family inboard is the problem!

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  • Interesting as it looks on paper/screen putting it into practice is a little more complex.

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  • Thank you for the interesting article.

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  • At the start of a New Year my hubby and I go out for dinner and discuss what our plans are for our home that year eg. updating, painting, big purchases, etc. I love looking over them at the end of the year to see what we’ve done.

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  • I don’t make resolutions anymore because I always disappoint myself by not following through.

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  • I don’t believe so much in resolutions, but most of these points sure make sense. However I don’t agree with that we need to show of to family and friends or that the house needs to be clean and tidy to have them over the floor. The art of hospitality lays in my opinion in the ability to welcome them no matter how are house looks or whatever we have at home / in our cupboards.

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  • These areas are not my concern – I need to be able to de-clutter my wardrobe. Every time I think I’ll throw this out, I find it fits so I wear it for a while and it gets kept in my wardrobe. All my good intentions of removing an item of clothing goes out the window when someone says – Gee that looks nice. I have too many clothes, I know that, but how do I make myself get rid of them.


    • I found that hard too. I started to throw 1 item per week and bring it to Vinnies.

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  • This is just what i am doing at the moment. I have brought in one plant, and have another growing and it will be coming in soon. I also need to get me own life into better shape.

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  • We try to stick to a cleaning routine but life seems to get in the way…ALOT.
    Would love to bring some plants inside but I’m afraid little hands will destroy them

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  • I always stick to a cleaning routine. I’ve done it forever. Wednesday is my cleaning day where I wash all the floor and do a deep cleaning. During the rest of the week I try to keep the house in order as much as possible. That gives such a rewarding feeling! :-)

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  • I could probably do with a few more house plants.

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  • yeah it is easy enough to organise your home. no problem! work out the system that works for your family.

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  • All great ideas worth aiming for. New Years resolutions are so easy to make…

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  • Lke jd

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  • Great tips, I always tend to focus on personal new year resolutions, so it’s nice idea to focus on house ones. Hopefully I can stick to these ones.

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