5 New Year’s Resolutions, For Your Home

1. What You Don’t Smell…Can Kill You

Smoke Detectors

When cooking and it gets too hot in the kitchen or if you’re like me and you insist on roasting red peppers on the gas burners,

 we all hate the sound of the smoke detector going off …but it’s never a reason to unplug your smoke detector.

You may forget to plug it back in and then weeks, months, years later when you need it…it will fail you.  The best way to ensure that you’re on top of it is to change the battery when the day light savings time-changes (spring ahead, fall back).

Fire Extinguishers

There’s an old Portuguese saying “Buying a fire extinguisher after the fire won’t replace the items in your home.”

How many of you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen (or anywhere in your home for that matter)?  If you don’t, it’s a good idea to get one the next time you’re out shopping.

In fact, I now make a habit of buying a bottle of wine AND a fire extinguishers as a house warming or hostess gift.  I tuck a cool-looking, wine-bottle-sized extinguisher in a wine bag and ta-dah!  What better way to show your friends how much you care about them.

Carbon Monoxide Dectectors

As you winterize your home, don’t forget to protect yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning.

Know the symptoms of Co2 poisoning: headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea, and vomiting.  They’re similar to cold and flu symptoms…so be aware.  At least if you have a detector…you can rule out Co2 symptoms.

Cars running in the garage, generators, stoves, furnaces, fireplaces, and other fuel burning appliances can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.  Faulty installs or repair requirements may mean carbon monoxide builds up in enclosed spaces in our tightly sealed homes.  A Co2 detector will see to it that you’re aware of any malfunctions.  Breathing in Co2 can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning, hospitalization, or in a worst case scenario even death.

2.       Touch-up Paint

Nothing drives a mildly OCD, ‘type A’ decorista more insane than seeing a freshly painted wall, marked or scuffed.  The good news is…you no longer need to pull out all your paint cans for a quick touch-up.  Enter Rubbermaid Paint Buddy to the rescue!

This mini-roller features an air tight compartment that keeps left over paints like new—indefinitely.  Use the funnel (included) to pour paint into the container so you can instantly and seamlessly hide scuffs and marks.  As a home stager in Toronto and the GTA I’ve searched high and low and haven’t been able to find it in Canadian stores, but I did find it online!

3.       Clean It Like You Mean It

As a child I remember Saturday mornings were cleaning day…well, they quite often spilled over into the afternoon.  I often wondered why we had to spend a ¼ of the weekend ‘cleaning’.  Hardly anyone I know likes to clean in their spare time…and let’s face it…who has spare time?  So now, I’ve adopted a ‘clean it like you mean it’ philosophy and I do small chores throughout the week.  That way, they don’t pile up.

Make this the year that you love your garage and you don’t mind opening your drawers.


4.       Organize Magazine Clippings

 I confess, I’m an absolute magazine pack rat.  I know, I know, with the advent of all these visual sites like Pinterest and Houzz, I needn’t be…but I am.  I came across this awesome blog post and am now a binder/tear sheet convert!   I get great satisfaction out of tearing out my fave sheets and then eventually donating the rest of the magazine to hospital (except for my beloved Domino collection).

5. Turn The Bedroom…Back Into a Bedroom

While home staging and interior decorating for my clients, I’m a big proponent of giving rooms their intended space.  That is not making a spare bedroom an office.  Now, I realize some homes are space-challenged and need to encroach on bedroom space.  In which case, I suggest something like the photo below.  A glass table that disappears into the space and keep it as clutter free as possible.

Your bedroom should be an oasis you retreat to at the end of the day.  The place where you lie in bed first thing in the morning and plot out your day.  Imagine how much more productive you’ll be when your bedroom space is clutter-free, doesn’t have work-distractions staring at you, e-mails chiming and a smart phone buzzing.  Make this the year that you turn your bedroom…back into a bedroom.


I hope you enjoyed some of the new year’s resolutions I propose for you to consider for your home…and hey, nobody says you have to accomplish all of these this week (well, at least go out and get detectors and extinguishers–this week)! ;)

From Decoreista Inc. to your home…wishing you/yours a very happy new year filled with health, happiness, beautiful things and warm memories in 2014!  Happy New Year!!!


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One Response to 5 New Year’s Resolutions, For Your Home

  1. These are some great ideas!!! I have to get me one of those mini-paint roller things!

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