The holiday season is here! And the new year is literally just around the corner. We’re all expecting to end the year surrounded by those we love, eating good food, and enjoying a little downtime. If you’re not headed out of town to visit family or friends then you may have guests coming to stay with you. Either way, you’re going to want to prepare your home for the new year.

What better time to take care of some of the things around your home that you’ve been putting off. You know the things you keep finding excuses not to deal. Why not take advantage of the calm that often precedes the New Year to finally clear your home to-do list?

Here are a few things you may want to focus on to have your home ready for the new year! 

Fix those faulty appliances

We all have those little problems with appliances that we keep meaning to deal with, but they’re never really significant enough to warrant that much time or effort. If you’ve got a broken refrigerator light or a stove top that doesn’t warm up right away, it’s easy just to shrug it off as not really a big deal. It’s not that uncommon for these kinds of issues to end up getting much more serious over time. A little problem that is more of an inconvenience than anything can easily grow into something more serious if it’s not dealt with quickly.

Tip: Fixing appliances isn’t something you’re necessarily going to know how to do. Don’t take on the headache, call the professionals like AppliancePro instead. If you’re renting your home, don’t try to DIY the repairs, call your landlord and have them deal with it.

Clear out your junk rooms

Most of us use our extra square footage the same way – storage. It becomes a space where you can dump random items that need a home.The truth is that most of the time we are not ever going to use the things that we store away. So why not take this time to finally clear the clutter and make better use of the space?

It’s human nature to want to hang onto things that we no longer use or have a need for. To combat any emotional attached to the things you’re looking to part with, create a plan. Map out what you would like to do with the space and consider converting it into a liveable space; maybe a home gym, reading nook or home office.

Don’t forget the yard

Winter is normally not the time of the year that most of us think about working in our yards. No one really wants to get out and do yard work when it’s cold out. However, if you wait until spring rolls around to start working on it, you’re going to have even more work to do.

Set aside time to put down fertilizer, weed killer, and pesticide. That way, not only will it look nicer, but it will also be healthier and lusher. You’ll thank me when you’re the yard of the month next year!

Deep clean the kitchen

Most of us clean our homes regularly, and some of us use a cleaning service, and few places need more attention than the kitchen. Just think about how much food preparation is done in that one space. Take the time to do it right.

  • Move everything off the countertops and clean every inch – be sure to also clean the backsplash and sink
  • Take all items out of your cabinets and vacuum out each shelf. Then, wipe out any additional debris with a sanitizing cleaner – be sure to toss any old food or items that are expired or that you haven’t used in a while. The idea is to purge out the old and start fresh
  • Clean your oven, refrigerator and microwave thoroughly 

Cleaning your kitchen may not be what you expect to make a huge difference in how your home feels but you will definitely notice a change. Your kitchen will feel brighter, fresher, and clean. It will be deeply satisfying and well worth it.

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to spend this time relaxing and recovering from the madness that we’ve experienced this year. But it’s important not to spend so much time getting refreshed that you don’t take advantage of this time to get your home prepared for the new year.