We’re a month into the New Year and many of us have already broken our New Year’s resolutions for 2018. But no need to worry, because we have five easy New Year’s Resolutions you can actually keep up with this year:

Get Organized

 

Perhaps one of the easiest and most common New Year’s resolutions is to get organized. With a few simple steps, you can clean up the clutter in your kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. We don’t mean just throwing everything in a closet, we mean getting organized for good! To declutter your kitchen, you can begin by keeping pots and pans near the stove and placing seldom used appliances on a lower cabinet to save space.  

 

Placing small items such as nail polish and toiletries in small plastic bins and cleaning out the medicine cabinet will organize your bathroom in a snap. Homeowners wanting more closet space should install two or three shorter rods to hang skirts and shirts and use adjustable shelves. Open storage cubes provide a place to house small items like belts and ties.  

Saving Energy

 

The second New Year’s resolution that homeowners will be able to maintain throughout the year is saving energy within your home. Using Smart or Programmable Thermostats can save you up to $150 a year by automatically controlling your cooling system even when you’re not at home. Another simple way to save energy is replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).

Safe Proofing Your home

 

Protecting your family and home against fire and carbon monoxide is the third New Year’s resolution. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 400 plus Americans die unintentionally from Carbon Monoxide poisoning not from fires and more than 4,000 Americans are hospitalized. Prevention is simple. Homeowners should install battery-operated CO detectors outside of their bedrooms and changed them every five years. A CO detector with a digital reader can also tell you the highest level of Carbon Monoxide in your home. In addition, homeowners should also make sure every level of their home has a working smoke alarm and fire extinguishers. Families should create and practice a fire escape plan.

Becoming Green

 

The fourth New Year’s resolution that homeowners should keep is going green. Simple choices can significantly reduce your carbon footprint. Instead of throwing out old electronics, consider recycling old computers, cell phones and televisions. If you’re in the market for a new appliance such as a refrigerator this new year, think about purchasing one that’s energy efficient and certified by Energy Star.

 

Additionally, homeowners can go green in the bathroom by installing low flow showerheads and installing faucet aerators on their sinks to limit water usage. Lastly, Jacksonville homeowners should use low volatile organic compound paints and cleaners.

Home Maintenance

 

The final resolution for homeowners is regularly performing necessary home maintenance. Homeowners should do an inspection to find any water leaks, broken appliances or other potential problems during the beginning of the year. Seemingly small problems can turn into expensive water damage issues if not fixed right away.

 

No matter the amount of water damage you experience, Anderson Restoration & Emergency Services provides Jacksonville homeowners with qualified technicians and latest in restoration procedures. Some other simple ways of improving your home include cleaning out the gutters and applying a fresh coat of paint to the rooms in your home. We have the skilled team and necessary licensing to get the job done quickly and correctly. If you have an emergency, give Anderson Restoration & Emergency services a call at 904.830.0631!