New year, new me? Raise your hand if you’re over this phrase after hearing it all throughout January. Yes, a new year is a great time to reflect on what you want to accomplish and set goals, but it’s doesn’t mean you have to become a new person. Maybe the resolutions you set at the beginning of the month were to spend less time on your phone, work hard toward that raise you’ve been looking forward to, or get in shape. But have you thought about home resolutions like getting your house decluttered or getting craftier with DIY projects?
For the remainder of 2019, we’re focusing on new year’s resolution ideas for your military home. Learn more about some ideas for your home, and get to work making your space comfortable and a place you and your family want to relax in every day and night. Happy new years to the same you, just different taste!
Start Some Spring Cleaning this Winter
Just because spring is in the title, doesn’t mean you have to wait until the end of March to get your home tidy and decluttered. Start your spring cleaning now, and hit the ground running when it comes to 2019. Decluttering is not only a benefit for your home and your family, but it actually has benefits toward your health as well. According to Livestrong, there are a variety of reasons how your overall health can be affected by decluttering, such as reducing anxiety, ridding your home of allergens, and boosting your overall productivity!
Spring cleaning and decluttering are different for every home and every homeowner. Maybe you start by creating a sorting system: to keep, to donate, to store. Starting with a sorting system allows you to make quick decisions to maximize your decluttering efforts. After you’ve sorted through all the physical items in your home, then you can move on to the nitty-gritty of spring cleaning like the windows, carpet cleaning, and kitchen cabinets.
No matter how you go about it, stay on-trend with home clutter and ask if the items bring you joy or not. If not, make space for things that do, and keep your military home tidy and stress-free to make life more enjoyable.
Develop an Organizational System
After you’ve done your spring cleaning and decluttering throughout your home, it’s easier to develop a fun organizing system for your whole military family to benefit from. When coming up with fun ways to organize your home, it can range from laundry room basket organization to a family scheduling system. This really depends on how your family dynamic works and how you function as a group.
Organizing might sound like a simple task, and it is, but it also has a wide variety of benefits that can help you in the long run (and the short run). Getting yourself and your home organized can set a good example for your children, reduce stress, and help clear your head of clutter. Below are a few examples for organizing your military home, your family, and your life:
Create a family command center or shared calendar
Organize the pantry to make it’s less overwhelming
Develop a designated homework space for your children
Give your kitchen a makeover to help maximize your family dinner time
Do a DIY Project as a Family
We’re taking it back to the core of your household with this recommendation for new year’s resolution ideas for your home and your family. DIY projects are a fun way to express yourself, and now you can express yourself as a military family! Joining forces and creating something new and useful for your house is a great way enjoy your military housing even more.
There are a variety of DIY projects to complete together that can also double as new home decor, such as a DIY coffee bar, ladder blanket holder, a beautiful new backdrop for your entryway, adorable DIY nursery items, or even a pallet bench for your porch. No matter what you decide it’s sure to make your family home that much more special.
Get Involved in Your Military Housing Community
Another great new year’s resolution for 2019 is to volunteer and become more involved in your military housing community. Getting to know your neighbors is one thing, but getting to know the community and helping it grow is another. Building relationships can help benefit your overall quality of life. With ongoing community events at all Lincoln Military Housing installations, it’s easy to make family friends, get involved, and develop a whole new respect for your community. Learn more about the ongoing community events at Lincoln Military Housing today!
Develop a Family Budget Plan
This new year’s resolution idea doesn’t necessarily have to do with your home, but it can help toward improving your overall lifestyle. Developing a budget throughout all the stages of your life allows you to create a spending foundation for your money, ensuring you will always have enough money for what you need and to show you what kind of money you have for the things you want.
When developing a budget, specifically for your military family, there are five key priority categories that should always be included:
Emergency Fund: This section of the budget is a must in case something unexpected occurs, such as losing your job or totaling your family vehicle. Having enough budget in this account to get you by during the hard months is a great way to prepare for the unexpected.
Savings: Whether you’re a family or a couple, a savings bucket in your overall budget is always a smart move toward making the most of what you have. This bucket can help with present and future needs as you grow as a family.
Everyday Expenses: This part of your family budget helps cover your family’s overall lifestyle. Groceries, back-to-school supplies, household items, and more. This is one of the key buckets because it covers how you live your day-to-day life and allows you to live comfortably.
Health Care: We’re all aware that medical bills are expense, with and without insurance. Having a bucket dedicated to scheduled medical appointments as well as medical emergencies allows you to be prepared for anything that comes your way.
FUN!: Don’t forget to live a little too when you’re creating the perfect budget for your family. This extra money can be used towards date nights, family movie nights, or military family vacations.
When it comes to housing, it’s always important to have a bucket in your budget for that, but Lincoln Military Housing makes it easy for your family to live in a comfortable and affordable house and community. Learn more about why military housing is the right choice for your family.
No matter how you decide to grow as a military family in 2019, it helps to set goals and stick with them. Organize the garage, finish those three big household projects you’ve been meaning to get to, take more pictures as a family. The list can go on and on, and 2019 just started! Look forward to the future as an immediate family and as a Lincoln Military Housing family with these homeowner tips for the new year.