If you’re anything like us, the end of 2019 has been full of good food, great friends, and the realization that the holidays left a huge mess behind. The holiday season allows us to focus on the people that matter, but that often means letting things like chores, home projects, and health initiatives slide. The good news is that 2020 offers us an opportunity to shape up. After all, there’s a reason New Year’s resolutions are so popular!
Ready to cut through the clutter and focus on a brighter 2020? Here are our New Year’s resolutions for a healthier home.
2020 Resolutions for a Healthier Home
1. Conserve energy.
You don’t have to install solar panels on the roof to save energy. Simple energy efficiency tips like switching to LED light bulbs, washing clothes in cold water, and resealing doors and windows to keep the heat (or the way this year is going, air conditioning) indoors will make a big difference. And energy efficiency isn’t only good for the environment, it’s also great for your energy bill.
2. Reclaim your living space.
Everyone loves Christmas presents. But once the novelty has worn off, a lot of gifts end up as just more stuff. Science has proven that home clutter directly affects people’s stress levels. Not sold on the idea of sorting through your stuff? Home clutter also affects your physical health by collecting dust, hiding mold problems, and even giving pests places to hide. Take charge of your mental and physical wellbeing in 2020 by revisiting the Marie Kondo method of organization: keep the items that “spark joy” and donate the things you no longer love.
3. Think deeper about air quality.
When most people tackle indoor pollutants, they buy a houseplant, change the HVAC filters, and call it a day. Little changes may help you breathe easier, but they won’t remove any actual toxins from the air. If your family has been wheezing, red eyed, or lethargic lately, the problem may not be a common cold. Check your home for signs of mold. If you find hidden leaks or mold problems, call an Atlanta mold removal specialist.
4. Make a list (and check it twice).
Just like everyone’s holiday is different, everyone’s home is different. You may scrub the oven monthly but avoid folding laundry. You may love to decorate but hate cleaning the house. Take an honest look at your home. Which areas look dirty or cluttered? What causes you the most stress? Are there home maintenance tasks you’ve been avoiding? Make a to-do list to create your healthiest home in 2020. Then decide which tasks to tackle, which ones to stick on a honey-do list, and which projects require outside help.
Are you concerned about airborne toxins in your home? At Clean Environmental Group, we specialize in removing mold, lead, and asbestos contamination quickly and safely. Breathe easy in 2020. Call Clean Environmental today.