New Year, New Home: 2022 Resolutions to Improve Your Home

2021 brought along many new challenges and sparked renewed interest in home renovations. Many of us continue to dream of the beautiful spaces we’ll create in the coming years. And, some homeowners may be planning to put a home up for sale in the new year and need to plan for needed improvements ahead of listing it on the market.

But you know what they say: a dream without a plan is just a wish. With those wise words in mind, let’s all make a pact to skip the fad diets this time around and focus on these 6 tips to create a more beautiful and comfortable place to call home—whether you’re preparing to move or settling in to a new space.

1. Send Clutter Packing

A good first step toward the house of your dreams is an organization session that includes decluttering the past year’s (or, let’s be real, years’) buildup of odds and ends. There are many ways to streamline your stuff, so choose the method that works best for you and set to work assessing the need for your current stock of clothes, shoes, books, pantry, supplies, and more. Once you’ve removed the items that no longer serve you, take time to organize what’s left, so it’s easy to find and use.

2. Home Office Oasis

The new year is a great time to think about how you might recreate your home office space. From new chairs, new technology, to an ergonomical desk setup, you can create a space that best meets your needs.

Whether you enhance your current workspace or create an entirely different one that’s more separate from your home life, 2022 can be the year where you take those desired next steps into bringing your custom home office vision to life. If you’re considering selling your home in the upcoming year, then creating a dedicated home workspace can potentially positively impact your home’s value.

3. Go Green (& Save Some Green)

As you’re moving through your home with intention, removing items you no longer need, take this great opportunity to audit for eco-friendliness.

Start small by taking stock of lightbulbs, cleaning supplies and shower heads and planning to replace them with greener versions. Similarly, you can research and commit to more major upgrades like installing solar panels, a composting program, or even a living roof.

While some of these switches will mean initial costs, remember that you’re not just saving the planet, you’re also likely saving money in the long run.

4. Commit to Maintenance

Are you flushing out your water heater tank once a year? If your answer is no, you’re definitely not alone, but the reality is that your water heater will function much better—and last much longer—if the sediment is regularly drained from the tank.

This and other home maintenance tasks tend to get put on the backburner, only getting attention when a problem arises. Resolve to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to home maintenance, and save your future self headache after headache.

5. Set a Cleaning Schedule

If you’re like most people, you love the feeling of a clean house but despise the seemingly endless work that comes with it. Coming to terms with the inevitability of cleaning as ongoing maintenance is the first step to making it all the more manageable.

Strategize a plan that will break up the tasks, so you’re not faced with an overwhelming amount of work. Experts continue to suggest categorizing and attacking chores by day, week, month and year to keep your house gleaming clean. Don’t forget to include all the members of your family, sharing the load and, if you have kids, creating healthy, responsible adults in the process.

6. Make Your Home More Homey

Last but certainly not least on your list of aspirations is that project you’ve been putting off far too long. Maybe it’s a bathroom upgrade, plush new carpet in the family room, or an outdoor dining area for future in-person celebrations and gatherings. Choose the space you’d most like to show some love and, depending on your budget, embark on an overhaul or a full-blown renovation. You’ll enjoy the fruits of your labor for years and new years to come!