Living Space: Make New Year's resolutions for your home
Sticking to your New Year's resolutions can drain away the good feelings you built up over the holidays. Whether your goal is to stop smoking, cut back on potato chips or quit avoiding the dentist, getting the job done is no fun. This year, why not turn things around and make resolutions for your home instead of your bad habits?
Many people don't get enough sleep and those who do manage to get to bed on time often don't sleep well. There are many ways you can improve your home and your bedroom to make sleeping easier.
With all the security features around our homes, glowing microwaves and alarm clocks, it's easy to be kept awake by too much light. A dark, cool room promotes good sleep, and even the tiniest diode can seem glaringly bright in the middle of the night.
Cover up all those tiny lights on the TV, satellite box or whatever else is glowing in your bedroom or even outside the room. Small lights can still seem bright at night even though they're 20 or more feet away. Think your glass block bathroom is private? It is, to everything but light. Put up a room darkening blind or shade if you can see your bath from the bedroom.
Instead of setting weight targets for yourself in 2013, pick four top projects you'd like to get done around the house. This will give you three months on average to complete each one. Some helpful goals include getting rid of mismatched glasses, tableware, bowls and salt-and-pepper shakers.
Short on storage? Make it your mission to add more organizers in the pantry, closets and kitchen cabinets. Installing organizers that attach to the ceiling of your garage will help you get all that stuff you rarely use off the floor and out of sight.
Clutter seems to be our constant companion. This could be the year you finally deal it a death blow. Of course, some of that "clutter" is darn good stuff you hate to throw away. Besides that, someone would gladly pay for that antique corn husker out rusting in the garden. Create a corner to collect your unused items and start listing them for sale on eBay, Craigslist or Etsy.
The place to be
How many times have you said to friends, "Hey, we'd love to have you over ..." but then don't because the back yard landscaping is a mess, the carpet is worn, or the family room you started to paint six months ago is still unfinished? Make a commitment to follow through on such key items around the house that prevent you from socializing - and make your house the place to be in the New Year.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.