New Year Resolutions for Your Home

New Year Resolutions

Happy New Year! Another year is gone and a new one is here to stay for 365 days. Every year around this time, people around us set goals they would like to achieve during the new year.

Usually, it’s something along the lines of wanting to lose weight, eat better, procrastinate less, or whatever else someone feels will have a positive impact on their life. New year, new me, right? This year, we’ve decided that 2019 is going to be the year for all things home related. Here are our top 5 New Year home resolutions for 2019:

1. Declutter and Organize Your Space

This can range from every room in your house to that pesky attic that’s been collecting generations worth of things. If you haven’t touched or used something in 6 months, it’s safe to say you can probably toss it. Unless it’s something that specifically gets used one time out of the year or has immense sentimental value, toss it. If you’re really overwhelmed, maybe bump it up to one year without use. From there, organize your remaining items in an efficient and appealing way. For example, shelving and storage methods that are easy on the eyes are great! Check out Pinterest for a fun DIY project you can immerse yourself in. Essentially, you want to give everything a home in an organized way that’s both pleasant to look at and where things are easily accessible.

2. Come Up with a Cleaning Plan

Along with organizing, cleaning will have to take place to keep things organized and looking nice. This can also include every room in the house or perhaps one room that is habitually messy. Are the common areas always a disaster? Has the basement become a safe haven for items with no “real” home? Likewise, certain parts of a room can be of focus as well. For example, when was the last time all the food in your freezer was gone through? What about cleaned? These are often things that go unnoticed since it’s behind closed doors (literally) and becomes somewhat of a norm. Make a plan to go through everything once a month or so to avoid clutter or any potential foodborne illnesses.

3. Do Those Renovations and Updates

Whether you’re a DIY master or need to hire a professional, invest in your home! This could be something as simple as finally painting your living room or getting new appliances. However, this could also mean residing your house, finishing the basement, or adding on to your home. Whichever one best describes your home reno situation, make it a priority! This will not only make your house a happier place to come home to but benefit you in the long run when it comes time to sell.

4. Go Green

This resolution can be subtle changes to daily routines or a complete lifestyle change. Little changes can be investing in reusable plastic storage bags instead of disposable ones. Another example is turning the water off while you brush your teeth or turning the heat down one or two degrees from what it’s normally set at. These changes not only save the environment, but they save you money! If you’re looking to go all in, try looking into solar panels for your home, composting, and environmentally friendly products.

5. Invest in a Security System

Once you declutter, organize, and renovate, you’re going to want to protect your things. The best way to do this is by installing a security system. There are a wide variety of options for home security systems allowing consumers to truly get what’s best for them. Some are simply an alarm while others have cameras, motion sensors, and more. Along with protecting your things, it’s also going to protect your home and your family inside of it. Additionally, the potential savings for having a security system outweigh the costs by a long shot. That peace of mind alone is worth every penny.

About the Author

Joshua Stephens is the founder and president of Moving Greater Boston and a Vice President of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Warren Residential. After graduating from UMASS Amherst with a degree in psychology in 2008, Josh dedicated five years to social service work on the North Shore before joining Berkshire Hathaway in 2013, where he found his professional calling and quickly distinguished himself as a motivated innovator capable of synthesizing the needs of buyers, sellers, investors, and developers. In just a few short years, Josh formed Moving Greater Boston and achieved over $100 million in sales after only 7 years in the business. Josh's team has been consistently recognized at both the local and national levels, receiving numerous prestigious awards for sales and customer service. Last year, the Moving Greater Boston team was awarded the coveted Chairman’s Circle Platinum award for all of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, which recognizes agents and teams that are in the top 1% for sales across a network of over 70,000 agencies. In 2017, Josh was also personally selected to serve on the Berkshire Hathaway Home Services National REthink Council, an honor bestowed upon only 15 agents among thousands of applicants. Despite his many and ongoing successes in the world of real estate, Joshua has never lost sight of his social work roots. A compassionate and principled professional who knows the value of strong communities, Josh continues his advocacy outside of the office by being actively involved in a number of local organizations and charities. In 2016, he was instrumental in conceptualizing and developing Business Networking International (BNI) Prospect Hill, an organization that connects local business professionals and aspiring entrepreneurs. As a native of Massachusetts, Joshua has an intimate knowledge of Boston real estate, while having a degree in psychology helps him to understand each of his clients' unique needs, enabling him to connect them with ideal communities, an opportunity which he considers both a priority and privilege. Rather than simply facilitating the buying and selling of property, Josh views his role as a realtor as a lifelong commitment to continually serving the best interests of the people who have put their trust in him. Josh continually strives for excellence in service, provides in-depth knowledge of the market, and blends unwavering integrity with amenable good humor to alleviate the stress of real estate transactions and assure the experience is one that lets the sensation of being in the perfect place, at the perfect time, truly resonate.