Make good on your home-related New Year’s resolutions

Most people make New Year’s resolutions and never follow through. Losing weight, quitting smoking, changing careers – all overwhelming life-changing steps to undertake so soon in the new year. It seems like the easiest ones to make a reality and keep would be the changes and renovations to your home and other decorating ideas you’ve been kicking around. Let yourself off the hook and commit to something you look forward to doing.

Pickup some home or design magazines brainstorm some ideas of what you can do to change the look of your home. What will you need? How much will it cost? Will it really boost the value of your home or is it just something you’re doing for yourself? This will help you determine how much money to put aside or how much planning to put into it.

You can reorganize closets and cupboards for a fresher, cleaner feel throughout your home. Making use of baskets and bins can help in the decluttering process and create space you never knew you had.

Redecorating doesn’t have to involve an interior designer or a bucket of paint, it can mean reframing art, switching it around to different rooms, removing or rearranging knick-knacks and refinishing tables or cabinets to simply bring a refreshing and aesthetically pleasing change to your home.

Create deadlines for certain projects so that when you achieve your goals, they’re measurable and recognizable. The new year is also a great time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and ensure they’re working with fresh batteries.

As a reminder, the deadline for the Home Renovation Tax Credit is also approaching, and fast. You can receive a credit for up to $10,000 spent on renovations if the works is complete or supplies are purchased by January 27, 2010.

While any renovation wok must be complete by this date, supplies purchased by this date can be installed at any time.

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