7 Simple New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

December 30, 2020

The last year put a huge exclamation mark on the importance of our homes, and how they can serve to protect us, keep us entertained, and keep our families together. And while many of us may hope to spend more time out of our homes and back to our old routines in 2021, there’s no denying the value of a comfortable and safe home. Here are some great resolutions, from fun to practical, to keep in mind as we bring in the New Year!

1. Get Organized

Over the last year, your home may have become a combination of a home office, school, move theater, along with all of the other functions it serves. As our home needs change, so should our systems of organization. 

Take some time at the beginning of the year to evaluate what you need from your home, and how you can assign dedicated “spaces” for those functions. Go through each space and declutter any items you no longer need and use the extra room to store the important things. Make good use of labels to ensure that everyone in your home knows where things belong!

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2. Safer, Smarter Living

Upgrade your home security to an integrated smart home system so it does more than simply alert you when there is already an intrusion. With features like Video Analytics in security cameras, smart lighting, and Video Doorbells, you’ll enjoy way more peace of mind, no matter if you’re at home or out of town.

Your home security can and should work for your family’s particular needs. Assign access codes for each member of the family so you know who’s coming in and out, greet your delivery people remotely and automate your system to work for your schedule. With your system powered by Alarm.com, you can complete access and control, all from one smart phone app.

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3. Cut down on energy usage and costs

Yet another way a smart home system can help! When we consider ways to cut on our home energy usage, we try to drill into our heads constant reminders to turn off the lights, use less water, and keep adjusting the thermostat. But who can remember all of that when life gets busy?

Smart lights and thermostats can easily be automated to turn on, turn off, or adjust based on your schedule and whether or not you’re home. With customized “scenes” for your home, you can adjust them all with a single tap. So, for example, when you’re ready for bed, you can hit your “sleep scene” to turn off all of the lights inside, turn on the porch light and lower the temperature instantly.

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4. Keep the family close

As we begin readjusting to our old routines, work and school schedules, and even social obligations, let us remember how the past year brought us together. From Zoom calls to family and friends across the world to more game nights and movie marathons within our households, we found new ways to stay connected.

Make a resolution to keep the family just as close, even as we start to go “back to normal”. Put those family nights on the schedule to commit to staying connected! Plus, for our older loved ones who we want to take better care of, Wellness Technology by Alarm.com offers wonderful solutions to help monitor their behaviors and give them easy access to us 24/7.

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5. Keep it clean

Easier said than done, right? Make 2021 the year you and your family finally crack the code on keeping your home clean. The key is consistency and not letting the mess pile up. Try assigning chores to each person to maintain daily or coming up with a rotating schedule of tasks. 

Also, it helps to have a printed out or written-up list of tasks to make sure that no nook or cranny gets forgotten about. To help get everyone in the family on board, make a game of it, or play some music for a cleaning dance party!

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6. Spruce it up

When was the last time you revamped your home? Over the years, furniture, paint, and decorations can get worn or even outdated and there’s nothing like re-design to make your home feel new again. This year, tackle some small home projects like fresh paint jobs or swapping out the carpet for new flooring. Or, maybe this is the year you finally get to retire the old couch or renovate the bathroom.

Small fixes or adjustments can change the entire mood of a room or home. If you aren’t quite up for a major renovation, a simple rearrangement can do the trick, too! Look into the art of feng shui to see how you can better arrange your home’s furniture and accessories.

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7. DIY something creative

There’s nothing like having your family and guests admire your handiwork! If your home is in need of new shelves or cabinets, try your hand at woodworking. Or, maybe explore the art of floral arrangements to add some color to your home. From knitting or painting to building something functional, DIY projects are always a great way to flex your creative muscles and make something truly unique and personal for your home.

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Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.