It’s that time of year again, time to make the same old resolutions for yourself in the new year. Are you tired of not achieving your goals and want some resolutions you can successfully keep? Why not resolve to change things around your home? Here are some goals that don’t involve counting a single calorie in 2018 and will leave your home feeling more inviting in the new year. 

Get Greener

Take 2018 to make your home a greener place. Replace energy guzzling appliances with efficient ones, change your lightbulbs to energy saving LED bulbs, ditch the chemicals, or implement green gardening practices in your flower beds. Resolve to make small changes each month of the new year. Not only could you feel better about your impact on the environment, but you may also see a savings in your wallet. By using efficient appliances or bulbs, you’ll start to see the effects on your energy bills and may even qualify for tax credits. 

Get Rid of Clutter

Take a look around your home. How many items are you holding on to that you don’t use, love, or need? Set weekly goals for clearing out the junk around your house. You may want to fill one bag to donate each week, or take 15 minutes each month to fill a bag with paper trash or things you can’t donate. You’ll be amazed what it will do for your mental clarity if you free up some space in your closets. By clearing out the clutter, you’ll fall in love with some of your belongings all over again and will start 2018 feeling lighter. 

Get Good at Home Finances

By staying knowledgeable about your home finances, you can make smart moves in 2018.  Start by evaluating your insurance premiums. See if there’s any way you can lower them in the upcoming year.  Make smart moves such as paying an extra mortgage payment (or two) this year. By paying ahead, you can knock years off your mortgage and save some real money in the long term. Resolve to mindfully track your home’s finances and see how you can make moves that will pay off in the long haul. 

Get Safer

Whether you have young children in the house or want to safeguard against burglars, spend 2018 making your home even more of a safe haven for your family. Evaluate your home for safety violations if you have little ones. Lock cabinets, add anti-tipping products or reduce the risk of electrical accidents with inexpensive childproofing devices. Or, add home security devices to your home. By adding cameras or an alarm system, you can protect your loved ones and even save money on your insurance costs. In addition to these other tips, ensure you’re doing regular home maintenance to keep your home safe. Cleaning out dryer vents, checking smoke detectors, and having your chimney serviced are all ways to avoid devastating home fires and can give you peace of mind in 2018. 

Implementing a few of these tips is a great way to end next year with a positive list of achieved resolutions. Keep them in mind when making up your list for the new year.  Best wishes from us here at the BCHome Team for an amazing 2018!