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New Year: Healthy Home

December 27, 2013

The end of the year has come quickly, and 2014 will soon begin. This is the time of the year when everyone is creating resolutions. One of the most popular resolutions for the new year is to lose weight. The next few months’ gyms will be packed, and people will be working hard to shed that holiday weight. New diets will be started across the world, all with the aim for a more improved, healthier body. How many, however, consider dieting for a more improved and healthier home! That’s right, it’s time to start the new year off with a diet for your home! Redistribute the dead weight There’s much talk about dropping dead weight, but what about those items that you cant stand to part with? One household item that can pile up quickly if not managed is the bookshelf. With the exception of a few, most people only read a book a few times (at the most) before shelving it.  Unfortunately a bookshelf can only hold so many books. Luckily, HGTV has found a clever and creative solution. The “Invisible Book Shelf” is a DIY project that allows you to create a bookshelf…from your books! This not only saves space, but also creates a trendy unique look for your home. Rally up the forces One major part of making any diet successful is discipline. Your home is no different. Consider creating a “Home Command Center” for you home. You’ll want to choose a spot in your home that is accessed on a daily basis. Now, you’ll need to decide what features your family needs in it’s command center. Features could vary from a chalkboard, dry erase board for messages, cubby holes for sharing notes and storing keys, or even simply a computer. Whatever features you decide on, should help your family keep track of schedules, messages, mail, bills, and maybe even meal planning! Whatever you decide on, keep in mind, it is ONLY effective when used routinely. Shedding the excess For the weight that you can’t logically redistribute….let it go! Sometimes it is hard to find a place to drop off your old belongings. Oprah has taken the time to put together a comprehensive list of places to drop anything from furniture, to clothes and old cell phones. There are options in the U.S., Nationwide, and plenty of places to donate your old clutter. The most important factor to the success of your homes diet is your family’s comfort. At the end of the day, your home should be a haven for you to relax, unwind, and enjoy your family. If you have accomplished this, it is safe to say your home is at a healthy weight!

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