We’ve all heard of Spring Cleaning. How about “springing” into the New Year with a fresh start? January is the perfect month to resolve to change things up and that doesn’t just mean your diet. It can include making improvements to your living space too.

Being well organized can help with all kinds of goal setting and efficiency aspirations. It may take a little effort, but will be worth it in the long run! One of the easiest places to start is by finding an area to declutter. Pick a drawer, a desk, a cabinet or a closet and when that one is better organized, go from there. Once you tackle one area, you’ll be motivated to keep going. This is one of the best and least expensive ways to feel better about your home.

If you don’t use the item regularly or it doesn’t hold important sentimentality – pitch it or donate it. Then, group similar items in baskets or bins that are well labeled. Consider using over-the-door shoe organizers for more than just your kicks! These will store small household items and office supplies. Browsing organization sections in stores can also inspire innovative ideas for staying tidy. Making your space neater is a time saver too – you’ll know exactly where items are stored – always able to find them with ease!

On a more serious note, there are a few things that everyone can do to ensure their homes don’t have any hidden health hazards. One is checking for radon. Radon is odorless and causes damage to the lungs – even being linked to lung cancer deaths. Test kits are inexpensive (about $20) and are available at hardware stores. Also, installing a carbon monoxide detector next to your fire detectors can be a life saver. If a furnace vent gets blocked, poisonous carbon monoxide could build up in your house. This test kit is a small investment for such an important tool, they cost around $40.

We care about your health and happiness and hope you will find these tips useful! Be sure to reach out if you have any questions about your living space – our property managers are always willing to assist with any questions residents may have. Here’s to a productive and prosperous 2017.