How your New Year’s resolution can benefit your home
The start of a new year is a time for setting goals and planning for the upcoming 12 months. Because we spent more time at home in 2020 and are set to be cosy in our homes until the end of February after the government’s latest announcement, more than ever making your new year’s resolution sync in with your home is a great idea. Plus, your resolutions can not only benefit you, but they can benefit your home too.
1. Love your kitchen
Loving your kitchen is easy with a Gleeson home, especially as most of our kitchens are open plan withdining spaces, meaning they are perfect for seamless functional living and socialising too. Spending more time in the kitchen is an ideal new year’s resolution and there are so many ways that you can make it benefit the whole family and your home.
Meal planning is a great way to fall in love with your kitchen and cooking – and your bank balance will thank you too. Plan your meals using recipe books, recipe blogs and by taking inspiration from foodie influencers on Instagram. Make your kitchen look cosy and homely by purchasing a meal planner chalk board, we love these ones from Dunelm and The Range.
Meal planning can help make you feel in control of your eating and will encourage you to try new things which you may never have considered cooking before too!
Another new year’s resolution that starts in the kitchen is being more eco-friendly by recycling. Learning to properly recycle starts by understanding which bins you have, and which items can go in them. Paper, tins, jars, and most plastic items are categorised in different recycling bins. Get into a habit of separating in your kitchen the items which go into different recycling bins and avoid throwing recyclable items away by having an internal recycling bin as well as your council provided external bin. Recycling, reducing, reusing and rethinking by upcycling help to protect our planet and protecting our planet is one of the best new year’s resolutions you could have! I’m not sure about this bit. I think keep it simple with the meal planning bit for the kitchen. Save this idea for some eco day.
2. Make a space your zen
Working from home is now a permanent reality for so many of us so it’s important to have a desk set up to help you work efficiently, no more ironing board desks in 2021! However, it’s just as important to have a zen area in your home too to help you switch off from work. Whether it’s a shelf or window ledge with items on you love, such as candles and photos of loved ones, or a comfy chair in the corner of your living room piled with cushions and a throw, make an area of your home your chill out spot and align it with a resolution such as enjoying more rest time, limiting your social media use and not staying on your work laptop until 10pm! Our show homes are still open by appointment to give you the inspiration you need for your zen zone.
3. Build a better budget
Budgeting is the most important things you can do to be financially successful. Discover our budget calculator by clicking here where you can input your income and outgoings to calculate your disposable income and how much you could add to your savings. Our budget calculator will open your eyes to any unnecessary spending you may be doing, helping you to work out where you may need to cut back. The money saved can then help you either on your way to home ownership if you are perhaps renting or living with parents, or if you’re already a homeowner, can help you save for your next home.
Another finance related, easy way to save money in 2021 is by rounding up and saving the change when you buy something. This can be done physically with money by putting change in a piggy bank, or virtually via modern digital banks like Monzo and Starling, which round up your purchases and deposit the money into a virtual savings pot.
Look into your suppliers, changing gas and energy supplier is easy and can knock hundreds of pounds off your bills. All you need is your latest bills, your bank details and address and by using comparison websites like Compare the Market or Money Supermarket, you can easily see how much you can save.
Using cash back websites is another easy way to save a little, several big-name brands will give you cash back if you buy something from them by going via an external website first, such as Quidco and TopCashback.
Your home will thank you for budgeting better and you won’t feel so guilty about ordering a new baking tin for your banana bread when you’re getting cash back!
Feeling inspired and ready to begin your home buying journey? Find your Gleeson home today, we have over 70 stunning developments to choose from, with prices from £98,995 and homes located across the North and the Midlands, what are you waiting for? Own it in 2021.