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2017 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

by Shea Homes Arizona on January 13, 2017

New Year's Resolutions for Your HomeNow that the chaos of the holidays is over, many of us are hungry for change and a fresh start. A new year is the perfect place to implement new habits & routines to live the life you have always wanted and to reach the goals that you have set. These new habits usually include healthy eating and more exercise, but we would argue that home improvement and care is just as important (your home is where you do most of your living after all!). As you take a look at the coming year with a fresh set of eyes, here are a few New Year’s resolutions for your home: 

Remove Excess

Put your house on a diet by getting rid of the junk! Schedule a day to take a good, hard look at all of the things you own, recall the last time you used them, the likelihood that you will use them within the next six months and the value that they bring to your life and your home. If you find items that haven’t been used in ages, that you aren’t likely to use in the near future and that don’t serve a specific purpose in your life or home, put them in a pile and let them go. This practice is simple, yet life-changing when you experience the mental space that is cleared up by simply decluttering. 

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Winterize your home to stay comfortable and warm this season

by Shea Homes Arizona on December 11, 2014

“The more the merrier” is one of our favorite phrases this time of year as your home fills up with relatives, friends and holiday cheer. To keep you and your loved ones comfortable this year we would love to share some of our favorite tips and tricks for keeping your home cozy and warm all winter long.

The best way to keep your guests cozy this holiday season is to make sure that your home is warm and that you keep the cold out. It is so easy to lose heat throughout your home in places like under the doors, this can be prevented by rolling up a towel to place under each of your doors to keep the heat in. Replacing central air and heating filters and removing sediment from your hot water heater by flushing water through the drain valve are also simple, yet, efficient ways to save money on utilities and to keep your guests comfortable.

Next, if it’s been a while, service your heating system! Call in a professional to overhaul your heating system; this will ensure you can keep your home warm. To avoid pipes bursting, this, believe it or not can happen in Arizona, purchase pipe jackets.

After you have tackled the logistical side of comfort, the time comes for making your guests feel at home. Nothing says “we’re glad you’re here” quite like having a place to sit and a space that is your own. When preparing for extra guests, walk the space of your home and count the number of seats that are available a week before your guests arrive. Make sure that the number of guests you are expecting matches the number of seating spaces available in your home. Tip, account for a few extra seats, as well you know… “The more the merrier”. This will allow you plenty of time to go shopping or borrow seating from a neighbor to ensure that each of your guests has a place to sit and share in holiday memories with you.

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In order to make room for all of that extra seating, you may need to find inspiration from this year’s spring cleaning endeavors and begin the tradition of a winter clean. Declutter the main living areas your guests will be in, and even donate many of your items that really haven’t served much purpose in your life anymore. Hate cleaning? Make it a fun occasion by baking those cookies you have been craving, sipping on your favorite hot apple cider and listening to some holiday music!

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After your home is toasty, clean and has plenty of room to fit all of your beloved guests, you can begin to add the finishing touches to your winter wonderland. One easy way to make your home feel like the holidays have arrived is to change the curtains. A heavier curtain acts as another way to help to keep the heat in and can be found in a variety of colors such as rich berry hues that bring the holiday spirit indoors. Also, installing a sound system will keep the holiday vibes alive with classic Christmas tunes, and it will fill the dead space! Finally, one of the most impactful and simple ways to bring cheer to your home during the holidays is to change the lighting. As it gets colder outside, it is important to bring the feeling of warmth that light emanates inside. This can be done by moving around lamps, replacing burnt out bulbs and/or adding new light fixtures.

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At the end of the day, with a little bit of effort and a few small changes your home can be transformed into a haven for the holidays that warmly welcomes you and all of your loved ones.

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