The new year brings hope, focus and energy, so this is the perfect time to make some resolutions related to DIY and home improvement. Maybe you are focused on interior design or landscaping or a complete kitchen remodel. Whatever your overall goals, here are some DIY resolutions that almost anyone can grasp – and keep.
first Continue Maintenance
Home maintenance never ends, so it is not surprising that it can be overwhelming. But if you plan ahead and follow regular maintenance tasks, the list may remain short all year. Take out the calendar and fill in a time frame to replace smoke detector batteries, remove or add winter covers, clean light fixtures and ceiling fans, clean filters in the hood, air conditioners, vacuum and oven and clean the stove. Break up your tasks so it only takes a few minutes to complete each task rather than weekends full of maintenance jobs.
2. Continue repairs
Things are breaking and not working – there is no way to avoid it. The best way to handle it is to lift quick repairs. Some issues are obviously bigger than others, as if the oven goes out in the middle of winter. Other things can wait a bit, but make sure they don't fall completely off the list. Give yourself a realistic timeline based on your schedule and budget so that annoying knitting door, stain on the carpet or damaged door fittings are repaired sooner rather than later.
3rd Begin or Improve Composting
Now that you have promised to keep up with the repairs and maintenance of what you have, focus on other ways you can benefit yourself. Not only does composting provide you with fresh organic compost for your garden and plants, it also means less waste in the trash. In addition, a compost bin is easy to start and maintain. If you already have a compost, set a new target such as a second compost or improved enrichment.
4. Recycle more
Recycling is good for the planet and your pocketbook in the form of a lower rubbish bill. Most areas offer recycling of the pavement for cardboard, plastic jugs, aluminum cans and glassware you use every day. If you are not currently recycling, call your local waste disposal station and ask about the system in your area. They will be happy to fill you in on the details.
Make it easy by putting out an information flyer for the family on the wall, fridge or cupboard near the trash. If you recover, commit yourself to clean up your act by making sure only clean, dry and accepted items fall into the container. Also, be aware of packaging when purchasing goods in the store. Choose glass instead of plastic when possible, buy in bulk, make your own raw bags from pillow cases, take reusable bags to the store with you and reuse containers as much as possible.
5th Replace incandescent lamps
When the lamps go out, look for highly efficient alternatives. They last longer and cost you less in electricity bills in the long run. It also makes them friendlier to the environment and even better reduces the frequency you have to change them, with some light bulbs lasting 10 years or more.
6th Fix Inefficiencies
This can be listed under follow up repairs, but it is really more about looking for ways to improve your home's efficiency. Once or twice a year, check for air leaks around doors and windows. Also, keep up with the oven maintenance and replace the water heating system that wastes a lot of water before you get hot. When an appliance breaks, replace it with a high-efficiency model.
7th Collecting Rain Water
Creating rain collection barrels is a simple DIY task that saves money and uses a natural resource. Make sure it's legal in your area, then install a rain conductor in your downspout. Attach it to nearby rain barrels and let Mother Nature do the rest.
8. Get Organized
We can write a book about the many ways you can arrange, but the main point is to determine resolutions that apply to you and your lifestyle. The goal is to use your time more efficiently, reduce stress and find things when you need them. This creates a calmer environment in your home and saves money from replacing lost items. Think about your problem areas and be resolute about a solution.
If the mail is piled up, remove yourself from mailing lists and set up a mailbox next to the Recycle Bin for quick disposal. Also place your invoice-paying deliveries nearby. If clothing is a problem, install a wardrobe organizer, sort and donate, use thinner hangers or fold your clothing items more efficiently. For a crowded pantry, hang a shoe organizer over the pantry door to hold snacks or cleaning items, use baskets for common items and add shelving units to space.
9. Clearing the mess
If you have trouble keeping track of items, or feel that the place is always a mess, eliminating the mess is a gift to yourself. Be persistent in asking yourself if you need anything before you buy. Evaluate the time, money, and maintenance you provide for items that you may not use frequently. Remove the knick-knacks you just avoid guilt. Create more space for things that bring you joy. Say "no thanks" when someone asks you if you want items they get rid of. If you are limited in space, cook the cookbooks in favor of digital files.
The resolutions are intended to motivate and inspire, so don't beat yourself up if you can't seem to uphold them all. Do your best with goals and plans and reward yourself when you reach milestone goals!