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A NEW 2010 Resolution: How Your HOUSE Can Lose Weight

December 28, 2009

A NEW 2010 Resolution: 

How Your HOUSE Can Lose Weight

 1:  Exercise More, because if you’re not going to use that tread mill that was plopped in the middle of the living room as “Last Year’s Resolution” then you might as well gift it to a friend that WILL use it, or donate it or sell it.  DON’T go throw it into the guest bedroom or the garage.  Moving this behemoth will make your entire Living Room feel like IT lost weight.

2:  Get Rid of the Junk in the Trunk or rather your garage.  Can you fit A car into your garage? Do you keep your garage door closed because you’re embarrassed at what the neighbors might say? Can you even open your garage?  Get rid of the JUNK!  If you haven’t used it in the past year, it’s most likely that you probably never will.  What’s worse; you’ve probably bought a NEW thingamajig because you forgot you already own one (or simply can’t find it or get to it).

3:  Take Care of Your Heart  by cleaning out the pantry, refrigerator, kitchen cabinets and drawers in your kitchen: often referred to as “the Heart of the Home”. 

  • Did you buy a case of top ramon noodles and never eat it? Donate it. 
  • Do you have countless Tupperware containers and lids that DON’T match? Recycle them.
  • Do you have expired food in your refrigerator? Get rid of it. 
  • Appliances you rarely use but that are still on your counter tops?  Put them away.

4:  Consider Give it a face lift.  It doesn’t matter if you do your own gardening, or if you have a hired professional, start at the curb and give your home a “face lift”. Nip those bushes and trees back a bit; Tuck some colorful spring bulbs into the edgings of bare soil;  Pull out all the weeds and dead (or dying) foliage around the outside of your house and Enhance those dirt filled plant pots with nary a stick growing out of them with greenery or succulents.

5:  Get Rid of the Skeletons in Your Closets.  Really, clean them out!  Clothing you have not worn in the past 12 months: donate. Shoes that have seen better days: donate. Towels, sheets and blankets that are dingy, stained or torn can be donated to a local animal shelter.

6:  Cosmetic Surgery:  Lifting the eyes with a new trim color on the exterior, enhancing the homes “features” with accents of paint on the interior, softening fine lines with new draperies.  All are minor items that can be considered as “out patient” (done in a day) procedures.

7:  Spend More Time with Family and Friends:  Isn’t that why you originally bought a house?  Close Friends may even be willing to come over and help you tackle some of these more “daunting” (but simple) tasks.  The feeling you’ll get when these tasks are completed will make your home feel lighter.  It may even inspire them to do the same, then have a neighborhood garage sale and even make some money off of your home shedding a few pounds.

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