The holidays are over, and winter is settling in. It is the perfect time to tackle home tasks and home improvement projects. DIY your way through the month and have a much improved house by January 31st.
Not sure where to start? Don’t worry. We’ve provided extra resources to help you complete everything on the list.
Kick Out the Clutter
Clutter in your home can cause stress and tension in the home, which is why it is important to let it go first thing in the new year.
Out with the old. It is a new year and the perfect time to get organized. Spend just ten to 15 minutes a day clearing out the clutter in your home. Here are three ways to get started on your path to reducing the clutter in your home.
Here are some additional resources that may help in the goal to reduce clutter:
The Oosouji Home--The Japanese Art of Cleaning: Learn how the Japanese take advantage of the new year to get a fresh start.
Keep Out! 7 Things to Never Store in the Garage: If any of these things are currently in your garage, get them out, now.
7 Steps to an Organized Closet: HomeandGardenDesignIdeas makes it easy to tackle one of the biggest issues in modern homes.
31 Days to Get Organized: Organizing guru, Peter Walsh, offers easy daily challenges. Follow the videos to reduce your clutter this month.
Trim the Trees
Once the holiday decorations are put away, it is time to practice a different way of trimming the trees.
Before the March winds blow, take care of any dangerous limbs or damaged trees that could be a hazard to your home or property. Rough winds can shake trees, breaking off dead or dying limbs. Large cracks in a tree can also signal the imminent felling of a tree.
Healthy trees can still be a hazard to your home in windy or severe weather. If there are any branches overhanging the roof, have those branches removed as soon as possible.
For careful measure, ask a tree service professional to do an informal survey of the trees in your home. Most professionals will be happy to take a look at your trees for free and let you know if any need trimming or repair.
Here is more information about trees and landscaping:
How to Recognize Hazardous Defects in Trees: This publication by the US Department of Agriculture is a guide to inspecting trees and taking corrective action.
Trim Trees & Save Time with Professional Tree Removal: Some information about what a professional tree service can provide.
Five Expert Tips for Winter Curb Appeal: If some trees must be taken down, here are tips to improve your home’s curb appeal, while you wait for spring and new plantings.
Make a List of Minor Home Repairs
Homes should be lived in and enjoyed, but all of that living can cause a bit of wear and tear on a house. Homeowners often overlook minor home repairs, choosing to live with them or waiting until the small things become bigger problems. Making a list and addressing home repairs now, in January, will mean avoiding the little annoyances of broken items, and enjoying a proper home for the rest of the year.
Walk around your home and note the things that need fixing, both minor and moderate. You may wish to make some repairs yourself, in which case, note the tools and materials that you will need. Schedule time to shop for all home improvement supplies in a single trip.
You may also choose to hire a handyman to address all of your repairs in a single day. Speciality fixes, especially anything to do with plumbing or electrical, may need the employment of a professional. The good news is that professionals tend to have more availability in January than during other months of the year.
Here are the most common household repairs and minor improvements. Check for these items around your home, while you are making your list.
As you are making your list, consider taking advantage of the following helpful resources:
The Impact of Home Improvements and the Resale of Your Home: Whether you will be selling your house soon or not, knowing which improvements make the most sense can add to the most “cents” in home value.
How to Avoid a Home Improvement Scam: If you decide to hire professional help for repairs and improvements, take these precautions to avoid being scammed.
6 Unique Tips to Save Money on Home Improvement: Ever hear of group discounts or home improvement incentives? Find unique ways to save money on repairs and improvements.
Tackle these three home tasks for January and enjoy the rest of the year.