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New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Your home is your havenLet’s be honest: Very few people stick with the resolutions they make on January 1. Whether it’s losing weight and getting fit or saving more money, people have the best of intentions in the first few weeks of the year, and then those intentions slowly wane. If this sounds like you, why not make a few resolutions that you can stick to?

Your home is your haven. No one in your family, nor any guests, should be injured in your house. Instead of making New Year’s Resolutions for yourself, make a few for your home. You may find them easier to stick to.

1. Declutter

Trip hazards are a danger to everyone in your home and the more clutter you have, the more likely someone is to trip and fall. Getting rid of the clutter and organizing what you have left is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents in your home. Best of all: It’s free.

Many people accumulate things throughout the year. Few people throw one item away when it is replaced by another. Take a day or two and empty out cupboards, drawers and closets. Donate what you don’t need to charity, sell it online or simply throw it away. If you aren’t sure if you can part with it, use this tip. Put it in a box labeled with the date June 1, 2017. When the box is full seal it. Come June 1, if you haven’t opened the box, you can safely get rid of its contents.

2. Look for Hazards

Check around your home for common hazards and what you are currently doing to prevent them. If you don’t have carbon monoxide detectors and have gas-powered appliances, now is a great time to install them. If you have loose area rugs or carpets, repair them. If the handrail on the staircase is loose, fix it. You may not be able to get everything done in a day, but you can certainly put together a list of all of the things you need to repair in your home and start checking it off in the coming weeks.

3. Cleaning

If you are like most people, you’re busy. Cleaning the house tends to take a backseat to other important things in your life. If you find yourself cleaning only when you get overwhelmed by the clutter, now is the time to put together a cleaning schedule. You can keep your home clean quite easily if you do one small thing each day. For instance, you may want to dust on Monday, vacuum the floors on Tuesday, and clean sinks on Wednesday. Come up with a schedule that works for you. You might want to clean an entire room each day or decide on the things that must be done daily and those that can be done weekly.

4. Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

This is a great time to decide to make your home and lifestyle more “green.” Get in the habit of switching off lights as you leave a room, reduce your reliance on your HVAC system, install compact fluorescent light bulbs and turn off power strips. Look around your home and figure out ways that you can reduce your family’s carbon footprint.

Making New Year’s Resolutions for your home may seem a bit silly at first, but if you think about it, aren’t you more likely to stick to them than that fad diet you’ve been considering? Make your home a safer and healthier one this year. If you do happen to be injured in Charlotte due to someone else’s actions, at home or elsewhere, be sure to reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys for assistance in determining whether or not you may be legally entitled to compensation.

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