It’s hard to believe we are half way through the first month of the year. Resolutions are tough and they require effort in order to maintain them...you know, working out more, eating healthier, cleaning your home. All of these are only achieved through hard work and...habits!
So, I'm suggesting five simple ways to take 2014 by storms and instill habits to create a healthier and happier home.
1. Spring Clean (in Winter). You don’t have to wait for spring to tackle your cleaning. Curbly has a great FREE collection of checklists and cheat sheets? We cover everything from getting more organized down to the nitty gritty of cleaning your bathrooms and kitchen. All you need to do is sign-up for our newsletter or like our Facebook page and download them there, for FREE!
2. Nix Paper Towels. Paper towels are costly and wasteful. Why not make 2014 the year you look at reducing or eliminating your paper towel dependency with our helpful guide?
3. Grow a Houseplant. Contrary to what you may think, did you know that the air in our homes is often more polluted than the outdoors? In fact the EPA currently ranks indoor air pollution as the number one threat to public health. The reason is that many of the building materials in our homes and offices off gas harmful chemicals like Formaldehyde, Benzene, Trichloroethylene and VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds), but houseplants absorb these harmful chemical and put out fresh, life giving oxygen. Take a look at this guide to choosing the best houseplants for your needs.
4. Weeknight Meals. Home cooking can be intimidating for some , but it’s REALLY easy to do once you commit to it and healthier than takeout and cheaper than eating out. Where to start? Well did you know that we publish new, exclusive “Weeknight Meal” recipes here at Curbly? Every Friday is Foodie Friday where we post weekly meals, why not dip you toe in the waters of home cooking by tackling some of our delicious recipes?
5. Start a salad garden? Spring isn’t that far away and did you know that most salad greens will grow all year round in frost free regions? Why not make 2014 the year you commit to growing your own produce? We have a great primer on setting up a salad garden, complete with planting guide that will put a fresh salad on the table for 2-3 months of the year. Or how about trying a few herb pots on the windowsill?
As with all new habits, they take time to form. Don’t be despondent if it doesn’t all come together overnight, we need to work at it, but by adding actionable and practical steps it will be much easier to adopt these new cleaner, healthy habits in 2014.